FRANCHITTI WINS THE POLE POSITION, TRACY THIRD ON THE GRID CART FedEx Championship Series - FINAL QUALIFYING Round 14 of 20 - MILLER LITE 200 LEXINGTON, Oh., (Aug. 14, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti won the seventh pole position...
FRANCHITTI WINS THE POLE POSITION, TRACY THIRD ON THE GRID
CART FedEx Championship Series - FINAL QUALIFYING Round 14 of 20 - MILLER LITE 200
LEXINGTON, Oh., (Aug. 14, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti won the seventh pole position of his career today, as a steady drizzle prevented any challenge of his provisional time from yesterday. Likewise, Paul Tracy's time from provisional qualifying will stand for the third position on the grid, while Bryan Herta is second.
Franchitti is starting from the pole for a second consecutive year in tomorrow's 83-lap Miller Lite 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It's the first pole this season for Franchitti, as he set a new track record yesterday on a dry track. He lapped the 2.258-mile road course in 1:05.347 seconds (124.394 mph). He also earns a single point for the pole and now enjoys a 137-131 advantage over Juan Montoya for the championship lead.
Bryan Herta's time of 1:05.824 seconds (123.493 mph) remains intact for second, while Tracy's quick lap of 1:05.908 seconds (123.336 mph) has him third. Tony Kanaan will start alongside Tracy in the second row.
The 26-car field returns to the track for morning warm-up at 10:30 a.m. ET, with the green flag scheduled to fall at 2:30 p.m. Sunday's race will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m., one-hour tape delay.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (3rd with a lap-time of 1:05.908 seconds / 123.366 mph)
"I think we're in pretty good shape. The track has changed a lot since we tested here, but I think we have a good setup for current conditions. We had a good first day and the KOOL car was good right off the trailer. We'll get our race motor in and concentrate on tomorrow. It would have been nice to get more track time, but I feel really good about our car. We have good reliability with the Honda engine and Firestone tires.
"Dario is in the lead position on the start. My goal is to try to get by (Bryan) Herta if I can. He's going to be pushing hard because he needs a strong performance. I'm going to slot in after the start, motor through a good race and get the points we need."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (1st with a lap-time of 1:05.347 seconds / 124.394 mph)
"At the end of the season the single point for pole today may make all the difference in the championship. Tomorrow, we're looking for 20 points (awarded for a victory). We did the work yesterday that we had to do. Even if it dried up this morning, I think the track would have been slower so that my time would have stood. It's slightly frustrating not to do any laps today because I was looking forward to doing some in the wet. However, the Team KOOL Green engineers put an end to that thought. We don't want the car running in the wet and we didn't want to risk it. I guess I I could have stayed in bed later this morning and had more breakfast.
"We'll take the pole and Paul is right up there in third. I remember what happened last year when Bryan (Herta) came up beside me. This year, I'm going to get through that first corner and get on with the rest of the race. I'm not going to concede anything to Bryan at the start. I aim to be leading after the first corner."
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - FINAL QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney will start eighth on the grid for tomorrow's 30-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race. Wet track conditions prevented Gurney from improving upon his time from yesterday. He lapped the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in 1:18.670 seconds (103.32 mph).
Kenny Wilden won the pole with a time of 1:17.474 seconds (104.92 mph). Wilden will share the front row with Andrew Bordin, who qualified with a lap of 1:17.993 seconds (104.22 mph). Anthony Lazzaro is third on the grid with a time of 1:18.129 (104.44 mph).
Tomorrow's 30-lap race begins at 11:50 a.m. ET.
ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (8th with a lap-time of 1:18.670 seconds / 103.32 mph)
"I like running in the wet weather. I think we have a pretty good wet weather balance with the KOOL car. This afternoon, we just did some experimenting and changed springs. During the final qualifying session, I pitted several times for adjustments and experimented with different lines on the track. I never really went for an all-out lap. I went off towards the end of the session in Turn 1 when I tried to step it up a bit.
"I'm not sure if I want it to be wet or dry for the start of the race. Eighth is a good position to be starting from though and I'll take advantage of whatever comes my way with the green flag."