CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Team Kool Green Friday qualifying report

Tracy earns provisional pole in Vancouver. Vancouver, British Columbia - There was no question that the crowd of 44,000 who packed Concord Pacific Place got what they came for on Friday when Team KOOL Green's Canadian driver and national ...

Tracy earns provisional pole in Vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia - There was no question that the crowd of 44,000 who packed Concord Pacific Place got what they came for on Friday when Team KOOL Green's Canadian driver and national favorite Paul Tracy captured the provisional pole position during first round qualifying at the Molson Indy Vancouver. Tracy, the 2000 Vancouver race winner, guaranteed himself a front row start and added an additional championship point to his 2002 record after posting a fast lap of 1:01.888 seconds (103.600 mph) on his ninth trip around the 1.781-mile temporary road circuit set up in city's downtown core. Tracy's teammate Dario Franchitti earned the day's fourth fastest time, recording a best lap of 1:01.990 seconds (103.430 mph).

Scott Dixon was second quickest in Friday's opening qualifying session posting a fastest lap of 1:01.939 seconds (103.515 mph) while Kenny Brack was third fastest with a best lap of 1:01.948 seconds (103.500 mph).

Friday's qualifying session was cut short by nearly three minutes after a spectacular crash by Bruno Junqueira in Turn Six brought out the second red flag of the session.

Tomorrow's CART FedEx Champ Car schedule starts off with practice at 10:00 a.m. PDT and will be followed by the final qualifying session of the weekend at 1:45 p.m. Speed Channel will broadcast the qualifying period live starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"This is really great for Team KOOL Green, they've been working so hard all year but we haven't been having too much luck. It just seemed to me that in qualifying for other races every time I got going, there was a car in front of me, or a red flag came out or something happened. But today things went our way and I was able to put a good lap together on that second run. I was trying to set it up but there was a whole line of cars in front of me and I knew I only had one more lap left to get in a good time. It feels really good to have some good luck and it's really nice for Team KOOL Green. I'm glad to be on the front row, get the extra point and know we're locked in for a front row start for Sunday's race. The car was very good, we're making little changes to the Lola's all the time, putting little tweaks that we feel are right for me as well as Dario (Franchitti) and Michael (Andretti). Cleveland was a great race for us, we started eleventh and finished third, we were able to pass people. I'm sure the car will be great on Sunday here in Vancouver."

Morning Practice
Position: 3rd
Speed: 103.210 mph
Time: 1:02.122 seconds

Provisional Qualifying
Position: 1st
Speed: 103.600 mph
Time: 1:01.888 seconds

John Anderson - Race Strategist
"This is great, everything fell into place. Paul was driving well, the crew prepared a great car and the engineers did a terrific job. They did it when it needed to be done. We're guaranteed a front row start in the race on Sunday, but we'll plan on sticking it to them again tomorrow."

Dario Franchitti - #27 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"The car is awesome, three times we were up by a half-second over the back stretch, but we weren't able to complete the laps. I had Adrian (Fernandez) in front of me slowing down each time. The problem is Adrian was trying to get a clear lap and the guy in front of him was holding him up and the whole thing becomes a chain reaction effect. I was the last guy in the chain and I never got a clear lap in that whole last run. The car was easily good enough to be on the pole today. We missed out on the point, but if the weather is good tomorrow Team KOOL Green will be in good form."

Morning Practice
Position: 2nd
Speed: 103.296 mph
Time: 1:02.070 seconds

Provisional Qualifying
Position: 4th
Speed: 103.430 mph
Time: 1:01.990 seconds

Kyle Moyer - Team KOOL Green Team Manager:
"The car was pretty good but we never got a clean lap in. Three times we were up by over half a second and we hadn't done even half the course, and three times a car in front of us slowed us down. It's inexcusable. But it was a good day for Paul, he's on the pole and I'm sure that Dario will be right up there with him tomorrow. I don't see any reason why it won't be an all Team KOOL Green front row after tomorrow's qualifying session."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , John Anderson