CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Nazareth Saturday Report

DARIO FRANCHITTI & PAUL TRACY WILL SHARE ROW TWO FOR THE START NAZARETH, Pa., (May 1, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy will share the second row when the green flag falls for the 225-lap Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at ...


NAZARETH, Pa., (May 1, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy will share the second row when the green flag falls for the 225-lap Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway at 12:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Juan Montoya, the winner of the most recent race in Long Beach, won the first pole position of his career. He paced his way around the 0.946-mile oval in 19.600 seconds (173.755 mph). Montoya's time was just one-thousandth of a second quicker than Helio Castro-Neves, who clocked a lap of 19.601 seconds (173.746 mph). Team KOOL Green's tandem was very close to the pole time as well. Franchitti was third fastest, completing his top qualifying lap in 19.668 seconds (173.154 mph). Tracy was fourth quick, qualifying in 19.693 seconds (172.935 mph) and just 0.093 seconds behind Montoya.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (4th with a lap-time of 19.693 seconds / 172.217 mph) "My goal was a 19.5, but I caught myself out a little bit. The Team KOOL Green car was working great. On both of my qualifying laps I got off of Turn 2 so well I kind of went back to my driving style with the big wings and drove into Turn 3 too hard. That washed the front end out and I couldn't get back on the power when I should. I was trying to tell myself not to go back to the old style, but the car was working so good I couldn't help myself. These wings are so tricky to balance that you've got to go into turns slower. But it's great to be starting up front. I know it gives us a big advantage in the race. There's going to be a lot of traffic and turbulence, and with these wings you don't have a lot of downforce, so it's really slippery out there. I think you're going to see very little passing and the cars will be bunched up and I can use my experience here to pick my through in the traffic."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (3rd with a lap-time of 19.668 seconds / 173.154 mph) "We spent yesterday working on the race car and this morning we worked really hard on our qualifying. I was very happy with the way the car worked on the first lap, you could say it was perfect, I just didn't take advantage of it. On my second lap the understeer came in a little bit, but Team KOOL Green gave me a good car. The race is going to be hard. It's very difficult to feel the limit with this setup, you've got to be cautious. There's no reason to sugar coat it, there's going to be very little passing in the race. That means it might come down to pit stops and Team KOOL Green is the best in the pits. However the race conditions turn out, everyone will have to deal with it. Whoever deals with it best, is going to come out on top."

PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - QUALIFYING

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane will start from the fifth row after qualifying ninth with a lap of 22.881 seconds (148.840 mph). Oriol Servia won the pole for tomorrow's 100-lap race, clocking a time of 22.225 seconds (153.233 mph). Airton Dare will start next to Servia based on his qualifying lap of 22.233 seconds (153.178 mph).

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (9th with a lap-time of 22.518 at 151.125 mph)

"Obviously, I'd known the times guys had set before going out. I was hoping to put the Team KOOL Green car in one of the front three rows. But, we just didn't get up to speed quickly enough with the new tires. It's still early days for me on ovals. I wasn't sure how hard to push right away and that cost us."

"For the race, I'll try to stay out of trouble on the start. It's a 100-lap race and I really think we are one of the three or four quicker cars. So, hopefully guys will dice each other and I'll have chances to move up."

KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE

Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney started 10th and moved up to ninth on the start of the 60-lap race. Gurney, running in his first oval race ever, was eighth after Sam Hornish Jr. crashed. Gurney dropped to ninth when caught in traffic and Nicolas Rondet completed a successful pass. He moved back up to eighth, where he finished, when Alex Tagliani damaged his left front suspension.

Anthony Lazarro won the race from the pole, leading every lap to enjoy a margin of victory of 0.244 seconds over Kenny Wilden, while Andrew Bordin finished third.

ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (Started 10th / Finished 8th)

"It's nice to have my first oval race under my belt. I'm very happy that we scored some points. The important thing was to bring the Team KOOL Green car home and we did just that. I still had some problems with getting through Turn 3, it was hard to handle coming out of there. That's definitely not good when you're coming up on someone. But, I think we have a good base to start from and to improve upon on the ovals.

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Alex Gurney , Airton Daré , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Oriol Servia , Jonny Kane , Andrew Bordin , Sam Hornish Jr.