CHAMPCAR/CART: Corby: Team Kool Green Friday report

Team Kool Green's Franchitti & Tracy to line up nose-to-tail at Rockingham. CORBY, England (September 13, 2002) - The Team KOOL Green driver duo of Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy will line up nose-to-tail for tomorrow's Rockingham 500, with ...

Team Kool Green's Franchitti & Tracy to line up nose-to-tail at Rockingham.

CORBY, England (September 13, 2002) - The Team KOOL Green driver duo of Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy will line up nose-to-tail for tomorrow's Rockingham 500, with Franchitti starting fifth and Tracy seventh. Both drivers were quick right off the truck in morning practice, the only on-track session prior to single-car qualifying due to this weekend's two-day format, but fell back slightly during qualifying. Franchitti turned a lap of 212.967 mph / 25.001 seconds; Tracy's best time was 212.687 mph /25.034 seconds.

Kenny Brack claimed his second consecutive pole at Rockingham, posting a quick lap of 213.763 mph / 24.908 seconds around the 1.5-mile speedway. TKG technical partner Michael Andretti was second (213.591 mph / 24.928 seconds) and series points leader Cristiano da Matta rounded out the top three (213.369 mph / 24.954 seconds).

Champ Car drivers have a 30-minute warm-up session tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., with the 211-lap Rockingham 500 scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. (All times local.) The race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel, with a pre-race show at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern) followed by the race at 8:30. Today's qualifying session will air via tape-delay at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern), also on Speed Channel.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"We made some changes after this morning that made the car a little bit loose. I went flat-out the whole way around and it felt quick, but the car was sliding in Turns Three and Four and scrubbing some speed off. The KOOL car was a little bit on edge but I think we'll be fine for the race. We might look at making some changes to the aerodynamics but the key tomorrow is going to be being able to maneuver in traffic, and without any downforce it makes it tough so we have to think about that, too."

MORNING PRACTICE
Position: 7th
Speed: 213.480 mph
Time: 24.941 seconds

QUALIFYING
Position: 7th
Speed: 212.687 mph
Time: 25.034

John Anderson, Team KOOL Green Race Consultant

"Because of a problem we had this morning with the rear upright, it limited our track time and we slipped down the ladder a little. You have to make some assumptions when you analyze the data if you haven't had time to put the changes into effect on the track. So a little bit of lost time on the track translated into a bit of a gamble for qualifying. But we're OK with starting 7th; it's a very long race."

Dario Franchitti -- #27 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"The car had some oversteer and when I turned into Turn One on my second timed lap I just didn't turn it in enough, I slid up the track a bit and then I had to back off. On the first lap I was flat all the way around and in this morning's practice I was able to build momentum to get a quicker time and that was what I was trying to do here but it didn't go our way. Team KOOL Green unloaded off the truck, or the airplane as the case may be, with a good setup and I was able to work on a race setup this morning and hopefully I'll be able to show that tomorrow. It's great to be racing in the UK, the sun is shining and we're looking forward to a great day tomorrow."

MORNING PRACTICE
Position: 4th
Speed: 213.917 mph
Time: 24.890 seconds

QUALIFYING
Position: 5th
Speed: 212.967
Time: 25.001 seconds

Allen McDonald, Chief Engineer

"I think with the two-day format we concentrated more on race setup, obviously it would be better to be starting on pole. We have a good race car for tomorrow and we're starting near the front so we should be pretty good. The great thing about the teamwork going on here at Team KOOL Green is, this is the first high-speed oval we have run on with the Lola but we were able to get data from Paul's run in Motegi which helped us unload with a fairly good setup."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , John Anderson , Cristiano da Matta