ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti struggled with a rain-slicked track in qualifying and will start 24th and 25th respectively for tomorrow's Motorola 200 at Road America. Rain showers before and during...
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti struggled with a rain-slicked track in qualifying and will start 24th and 25th respectively for tomorrow's Motorola 200 at Road America.
Rain showers before and during the session caused problems for a lot of drivers, with many taking off-course excursions, including Tracy and Franchitti. Before his off-track incident, Tracy posted a fast lap early in the session of 109.822 mph (2:12.695 seconds) while Franchitti marked a 101.923 mph (2:22.978 seconds) before sliding off the track with eight minutes to go.
Because of the rain, Franchitti's track record set last season in qualifying stayed intact (145.924 mph = 1:39.866). Fastest of the day was Kenny Brack, with a lap of 117.969 mph (2:03.531 seconds) around the 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course. Second fastest was Alex Tagliani, with a fast lap of 117.832 mph (2:03.674 seconds).
Highlights from today's qualifying will air at 1:00 a.m. EDT Sunday on ESPN2. CART 2Day airs at 11:00 a.m. EDT Sunday on ESPN.
Drivers will take to the track one more time before the race, with a 30-minute warm-up scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The 55-lap Motorola 200 starts at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow, and will be televised live by ESPN.
"To say we've had a really tough weekend would be an understatement. It doesn't seem like we can buy a break. It seems like every time we get in a position to put in a good lap - clear track with new tires - we get a red flag or worse. Those circumstances can hit anyone, but they've managed to find Team KOOL Green too often this weekend. I'm not sure what happened with the spin. It was really slick out there. We've got a transmission problem, but I don't know if that happened during the spin or before it. You never like to start at the back - never. But I came through the field last year (engine cut out just before the green flag), so I know I can do it. There's only one strategy tomorrow - flat out from green to checkers.
"It was a very disappointing session. We went out with what we thought was a wet setup but it was absolutely not. We came in and made big changes and then I went off. What can I say, you've got good days and bad days and today will have to be filed under the latter. We know that yesterday we had a good car and we'll have to just try to keep focused on the more positive aspects of this weekend. It was similar at Michigan, I started last and finished second, and at Cleveland I came from 14th to win the race. The Team KOOL Green car has served me well under adverse conditions this season. I have no reason to believe we can't do it again."