PAUL TRACY 2ND & DARIO FRANCHITTI 10TH ON THE PROVISIONAL GRID CART FedEx Championship Series - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING Round 9 of 20 - MEDIC DRUG CLEVELAND GP CLEVELAND, Oh., (June 25, 1999) - Paul Tracy powered his ...
PAUL TRACY 2ND & DARIO FRANCHITTI 10TH ON THE PROVISIONAL GRID
CART FedEx Championship Series - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING Round 9 of 20 - MEDIC DRUG CLEVELAND GP
CLEVELAND, Oh., (June 25, 1999) - Paul Tracy powered his #26 Team KOOL Green car to the second fastest time in provisional qualifying for the 100-lap Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland. His teammate, Dario Franchitti, muscled his car to the 10th best time on the 2.106-mile temporary circuit at Burke Lakefront Airport.
Gil de Ferran, the winner of last week's race in Portland, was the fastest driver on track today with a time of 57.746 seconds (131.294 mph). Tracy's average speed was 131.199 mph for a lap of 57.787 seconds, just 0.041 seconds behind de Ferran. Bryan Herta, meanwhile, was third quick with a time of 57.822 seconds (131.120 mph). Franchitti's best lap was 58.103 seconds (130.486 mph).
The 27-car field will return to the track tomorrow for final qualifying at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Sunday's race will be broadcast live on ESPN-TV at 2:30 p.m. ET.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (2nd with a lap-time of 57.787 / 131.199 mph) "Everything's starting to click now for Team KOOL Green. There's still a lot more in the car. We didn't get a great lap in the session. The red flag came out when I was on my quickest lap, so we had to try again on the same set of tires. They seem to be holding up fairly well - I set my fast time six or seven laps into the set (of tires). Near the end of the session, I clipped some tires that were sticking out on the inside of the track and it spun me off. That's okay. We were P1 most of the session. Tomorrow is going to be the important qualifying session. Today was just to establish a good baseline. The track conditions will be better tomorrow and I know we can go faster."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (10th with a lap-time of 58.103 / 130.486 mph) "The Team KOOL Green car isn't that bad. I don't think we're struggling too much on pace. We have a little problem in the back; we need to settle the back end down. But traffic is just a nightmare. You'd think on a track this size we'd be able to stay out of each other's way. I came up behind one guy on my fast lap there in one of the quicker corners and basically that took the air away from me and the result of that was the off (His car went off course and into a tire barrier). The car's fine. We'll be back to try again tomorrow. I'm just really frustrated with the way things are going out there with the traffic."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane was third fastest in today's provisional qualifying for the 36-lap Indy Lights race on Sunday. Kane's quick time was 1:06.722 (113.630 mph), just 0.155 seconds off of the provisional pole. Tony Renna was on top of the timesheet with a lap of 1:06.648 seconds (113.756 mph), while his teammate Didier Andre was two-thousandths of a second slower. He was second with a time of 1:06.650 seconds (113.752 mph).
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (3rd with a lap-time of 1:06.722 / 113.630 mph)
"I'm really quite pleased with the Team KOOL Green car, especially with all the changes that have gone into it. The bumps in the track forced us to find a new setup compared to what was used at the last race in Portland. Everybody went a lot faster in the afternoon as the cars cleared away some of the dust on track. The pole time should even be faster tomorrow.
"I haven't had a problem learning this circuit. It's true there's not much in the way of sightlines at an airport, but a track's a track, really -- it' s got corners on it and you turn. I've always learned circuits rather quickly."