FRANCHITTI FINISHES SECOND & TRACY KNOCKED OUT BY CONTACT CART FedEx Championship Series - RACE Round 15 of 20 - Target Grand Prix CHICAGO, Ill., (Aug. 22, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti finished second to Juan Montoya at today's...
FRANCHITTI FINISHES SECOND & TRACY KNOCKED OUT BY CONTACT
CART FedEx Championship Series - RACE Round 15 of 20 - Target Grand Prix
CHICAGO, Ill., (Aug. 22, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti finished second to Juan Montoya at today's inaugural running of the Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway. Montoya's margin of victory was 0.783 seconds, while his teammate Jimmy Vasser finished third behind Franchitti.
Paul Tracy, meanwhile, made contact with Michael Andretti as the two drivers fought for third position on the 99th lap of 225 in the race. The incident occurred during a re-start after cleaning up from a crash by Jan Magnussen. Tracy passed Andretti with the green flag, but his #26 KOOL car swung wide in Turn 2 permitting Andretti to draw even on the back straight. The two drivers then made contact in Turn 3, bringing out the sixth and final caution of the race.
Prior to the yellow flag for the Tracy-Andretti incident, Franchitti managed to pass Montoya for the lead. However, Montoya took back the lead on lap 127 and led the remainder of the race. Franchitti was mounting a challenge until Roberto Moreno, who was two laps down, passed the #27 KOOL car. Moreno's position between the two leading cars prevented a race to the finish.
Montoya takes over the championship lead from Franchitti, enjoying a 172-168 advantage. Tracy and Andretti damaged their championship hopes with today's incident, but both maintain their place in the standings. Andretti is third overall with 124 points, while Tracy is fourth with 122.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 17th / DNF - Classified 23rd ; Currently 4th in the PPG Cup standings with 122 points)
"It looked to me that we were going for the same piece of real estate. I was about a half a car length in front of Michael [Andretti] and we made contact heading into the corner. That sent both of us around. It was disappointing because both of us had good cars. It was pretty racy early on. I knew he was there, but I didn't think he was far enough up alongside to out-brake me. This track is such a one-line place that you've got to turn in sometime. I thought I was clear of him and I also thought he was down on the apron a little bit. We then made contact with each other."
"My car was pretty good. I was able to pass guys. I'm very disappointed because I thought we could have been on the podium. The Team KOOL Green guys gave me a great service on my first stop. I went from ninth to fourth. We'll try to get on the podium in Vancouver."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 4th / Finished 2nd ; Currently 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 168 points)
"You're never satisfied with second, but we had a good result today for Team KOOL Green. We were in the hunt all day. We started to get some braking problems towards the end of the race and we were battling a problem with the balance of the car. But we just dealt with it."
"It all came down to that last little bit. We were starting to fight a loose car on entry with a long brake pedal, which isn't the best thing to have. Then it would understeer through the middle, so I couldn't get close enough, and then it would oversteer on exit. Juan [Montoya] was fighting oversteer as I was trying to get as close to him as I could off the corner. I was just looking for one small mistake from him as we fought our way through traffic. If he had just got held up slightly, then I would be on him. But then Roberto [Moreno] came between us. I'm not quite sure why he did that. Maybe Juan paid him some money."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - RACE
Scott Dixon won today's Mi-Jack 100 at Chicago Motor Speedway from the pole position, crossing the finish line 0.362 seconds ahead of runner-up Guy Smith. Casey Mears finished third.
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane finished ninth, dropping down one spot from his starting position of eighth on the grid. Kane was running as low as 10th after he fell back two spots with the green flag. He gained those positions back on lap 53 following a re-start. He was running eighth throughout much of the race and tried hard to pass Felipe Giaffone in seventh. Kane was passed on the final lap by Ben Collins after having to bail out of one final attempt to pass Giaffone.
Up next for Kane, Round 11 of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway, Sept. 10-12.
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 8th / Finished 9th ; Currently 11th in the standings with 54 points)
"It was a tough a day. I was quite a bit quicker than [Felipe] Giaffone. When I dropped back from him, I could catch him quickly. Unfortunately, when I got up behind I would lose too much front downforce. He could actually slow the car down a lot and accelerate out of the corners. I couldn't get a good enough run on him. I almost got him a couple of times, but I had to go so low, that the car would not accelerate quickly enough down the next straight to get inside him. That's what let Collins get past me at the very end. I was very close to Giaffone and I lost the front end and had to back out of it. I suppose I could have settled for my position behind Giaffone, but that's not what Team KOOL Green is about. We'll look for a much better result at Laguna Seca."