CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit Franchitti first, Tracy eleventh in practice

DETROIT - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti led the way in Detroit on Friday, posting the fastest time of the day in the opening practice rounds for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, while teammate Paul Tracy placed ...

DETROIT - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti led the way in Detroit on Friday, posting the fastest time of the day in the opening practice rounds for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, while teammate Paul Tracy placed 11th.

Franchitti's quick lap was 112.852 mph / 1:14.838, with Tracy posting a lap of 111.680 mph / 1:15.623. Both laps were set during the day's second of two practice sessions. Honda teams elected to skip the morning session after CART presented teams with pop off valves that had a 3/4 inch spacer on the bottom of the valve. According to a statement from Honda, even a small change can have a significant impact on the engine's performance, and the teams have had no time to test and confirm the operation of this large pop off valve spacer. Friday afternoon sessions were run at the discretion of the teams.

Patrick Carpentier was second at 112.419 mph / 1:15.126, and rookie Bruno Junqueira was third at 112.258 mph / 1:15.234.

CART FedEx drivers will have one final practice session on Saturday (10:00 - 11:15 a.m.), followed by qualifying for Group 1 at 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. and Group 2 at 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. (All times are Eastern Daylight Time.)

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(11th with a lap of 111.680 mph / 1:15.623)

"The car really isn't that bad. We didn't get as many laps in as we'd like, after missing the morning session and then brushing the wall this afternoon. But we usually have a good setup here in Detroit. We've got one more practice session in the morning before qualifying, and we'll try to fine tune the KOOL car and get a good qualifying setup."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(1st with a lap of 112.852 mph / 1:14.838)

"It's great to be fastest on Friday, but we need to do it again tomorrow when it really counts. I've got to hand it to Iain (Watt), my engineer. Team KOOL Green really had a good set up today for running a fast lap. This is not the sort of track where you want to be starting in the back of field, it's just so difficult to pass here. We'll probably go back to our original setup for race day."

-TKG

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti