CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Team KOOL Green Saturday Report

FRANCHITTI STARTING FROM ROW TWO & TRACY IS 17TH ON THE GRID CART FedEx Championship Series - QUALIFYING Round 15 of 20 - Target Grand Prix CHICAGO, Ill., (Aug. 21, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will look to defend his...


CART FedEx Championship Series - QUALIFYING Round 15 of 20 - Target Grand Prix

CHICAGO, Ill., (Aug. 21, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will look to defend his championship lead (152-151 over Juan Montoya), starting from the second row in tomorrow's Target Grand Prix at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. The race will be broadcast on ABC at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, one-hour tape delay.

Max Papis earned the first pole position of his career, speeding around the one-mile oval at Chicago Motor Speedway in 22.786 seconds (162.559 mph). Papis edged out Mark Blundell for the pole, who was second fastest with a time of 22.813 seconds (162.381 mph). Jimmy Vasser was third quick and will occupy row two with Franchitti, who qualified fourth.

Paul Tracy, meanwhile, struggled with the handling of the #26 KOOL car in today's qualifying. As a result, Tracy will start from the 17th position on the grid after rounding the oval in 23.594 seconds (157.006 mph). He will line up in row nine with Michael Andretti, who is third overall in the championship standings, two points ahead of Tracy (124-122).

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (17th with a lap-time of 23.594 seconds / 157.006 mph)

"Well, it's just been a struggle all day. We had mechanical problems with both cars this morning, so we didn't get a lot of running time and that set us behind a bit. It's disappointing because we started off the weekend pretty good. I'm really frustrated right now. We're starting towards the back, that's not good. But it's a long race, I know my way to the front and I know I can count on the Team KOOL Green crew to give me great pit stops."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (4th with a lap-time of 22.825 seconds / 162.296 mph)

"Starting from the first row is always nice, but we'll gladly take the second row to be honest. When we started the weekend, we were like 25th. I think we've done a great job at Team KOOL Green getting this car ready. We might have done a couple more things for qualifying with the balance - there was just too much push. I think we have a pretty good race car and think this a great facility for racing."

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PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - QUALIFYING

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane will start from the fourth row after qualifying eighth for tomorrow's Mi-Jack 100 at Chicago Motor Speedway. He lapped the one-mile oval in of 26.386 seconds (140.393 mph).

Scott Dixon won the pole position for tomorrow's race, cracking the 26-second mark with a time of 25.919 seconds (142.922 mph). Guy Smith posted the second best time and will start alongside Dixon after clocking a lap of 26.097 seconds (141.947 mph). Mario Dominguez will start third on the grid when the green flag falls at 11:00 a.m. Central Time.

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (8th with a lap-time of 26.386 seconds / 140.393 mph)

"The very first hot lap felt quite good, but on my second one I picked up some oversteer in the KOOL car. Normally I do my better lap on my second run. I'm a little surprised that I went quicker on the first one. We put a little understeer in the car this morning, but obviously not quite enough. If we had put even more understeer into the car, perhaps we would have quicker. Starting eighth isn't ideal, but I see this being a similar start to Milwaukee. There's going to be a little bit more braking into the first corner. I'll try to get as low as I can going into the first corner. I don 't think anybody will want to be up high. Overtaking will be very difficult because of the tightness of both ends. Any passing should happen on the inside heading into corners."

KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE

Sam Hornish Jr., a rookie in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, won the 60-lap race at Chicago Motor Speedway. Hornish successfully chased down pole winner Andrew Bordin to earn his first victory of the season. Points leader Anthony Lazzaro was second, 7.08 seconds behind Hornish, and Kenny Wilden finished third.

Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney started sixth today, but an ill-handling car caused him to fall to the very back of the pack. Gurney finished 13th and stayed in the race only for the hope of scoring some championship points.

ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (Started 6th / Finished 13th ; Currently 12th in the standings with 24 points)

"I nearly crashed every lap for the first five laps. It was very scary. In the end, I was just hanging on and I slowed down so not to crash. We kept the KOOL car out there, looking to score a point or two if guys fell out of the race. "

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Alex Gurney , Guy Smith , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Mark Blundell , Anthony Lazzaro , Mario Dominguez , Jonny Kane , Andrew Bordin , Sam Hornish Jr.