DETROIT, MI., (June 17, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start from the front row for a second consecutive race and for a second time he'll start next to pole winner Juan Montoya. Franchitti and Montoya clocked the exact same...
DETROIT, MI., (June 17, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start from the front row for a second consecutive race and for a second time he'll start next to pole winner Juan Montoya. Franchitti and Montoya clocked the exact same time in qualifying for the Tenneco Grand Pix of Detroit at 1:13.056 seconds (115.604 mph), but like last year's championship Montoya won an unprecedented tie-breaker. His second best lap-time was 1:13.316s, 0.036 seconds better than Franchitti's lap of 1:13:352s.
Montoya will start from the pole for a fourth consecutive race, earning his 11th career pole to start tomorrow's 84-lap race. Teammates Helio Castroneves and and Gil de Ferran will line up behind Montoya and Franchitti in the second row. Max Papis and Cristiano da Matta are in the third row.
TKG's Paul Tracy, who leads the championship, has struggled this weekend. In today's qualifying, he managed only five laps because an eight-minute penalty for causing a red flag when he went into a tire wall early in the session. Tracy slipped down the timesheet as the faster cars pushed him down to 20th on the starting grid. He will start 19th because of Tony Kanaan's withdrawl due to injuries suffered in a qualifying crash.
The 24 cars remaining in the field will have a 30-minute warm-up tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. prior to the race at 1:00 p.m. ET. Sunday's race will be broadcast live on ESPN.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(19th with a lap-time of 1:15.159 seconds / 112.370 mph)
"We've really been struggling with a lack of mechanical grip all weekend and I just don't have a handle on the KOOL car. I've crashed a couple of times this weekend. I'm really sorry for the Team KOOL Green crew who will have to work late again tonight. But now we have nothing to lose tomorrow, so we can take big gambles on pit strategy in the race."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(2nd with a lap-time of 1:13.056 seconds / 115.604 mph)
"We worked pretty hard all weekend to get the car going fast. I just kept pushing it harder and harder. There was still more in the car, but the limit is so high. On new tires there was a big jump there for everybody from the old tires. We did a couple of things to the back of the car. We were struggling with the balance. I told the guys this morning that I need the car to handle a certain way and if they gave me that we'd be up at the front. The Team KOOL Green engineers did a great job. I guess we just didn't push it hard enough. "Paul is struggling, but he was quick this morning. He was fast on old tires. I think that he has been unlucky. He has been trying hard and getting caught out. He'll be okay."