FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 27, 2001) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy set the third fastest time of the day and teammate Dario Franchitti was 11th fastest after two practice sessions today for the inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor ...
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 27, 2001) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy set the third fastest time of the day and teammate Dario Franchitti was 11th fastest after two practice sessions today for the inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Tracy, who was eighth fastest in the morning practice, turned a fast lap in the afternoon of 22.936 seconds, an average speed of 232.612 mph around the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval. Franchitti also set his fast lap in the afternoon, a 23.044 (231.522 mph).
Kenny Brack, the only Champ Car driver with race experience at Texas Motor Speedway, was quickest on the day. Brack, who competed here previously with the IRL, posted a lap of 22.821 seconds (233.785 mph) during the afternoon practice session. Tony Kanaan was second fastest today, with a fast lap of at 22.845 seconds (233.539 mph), set during the morning practice session.
Champ Cars will divide into two groups for a pair of 45-minute final practice sessions tomorrow from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Single-car qualifying is scheduled for 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (All times are Central Daylight Time.)
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(3rd with a lap-time of 22.936 seconds / 232.612 mph)
"We got off to a slow start this morning, but we made some adjustments and got the KOOL car working pretty good this afternoon. We've really been concentrating on the race setup, so it's good to put in some fairly quick laps today. But now we've got to get geared up for qualifying tomorrow. There's no doubt about it -- this is a fast track. It's going to take a 232 or 233 (mph, average speed) to get the pole. But we've got a fast car and we seem to be able to run pretty good in traffic, and that's what's going to be most important on Sunday."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(11th with a lap-time of 23.044 seconds / 231.613 mph)
"First of all, this track is fast. Fast and bumpy, and the banking is just spectacular. When you're on cold tires and come across the bump at the start/finish line, you get a bit of wheel spin as the car comes off the ground. But you've really got to make certain the car is right when you're going into and coming out of the banking in the corners. That's when the problems occur. We're learning all the time. The Team KOOL Green engineers had some data to start with from the test we did here in February, but it's a lot different when you're running in a pack like we are today. We're not getting the kind of tow that we get at Michigan or California (Speedways). You can get a good tow, that's for sure, but the straights aren't long enough to let you get into a tow and take advantage of it. What you really notice is the (air) disturbance when you follow someone into the corner."