CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake: Team Kool Green Saturday qualifying report

Paul Tracy to start fourth at Road America. ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy will start from row two for tomorrow's Motorola 220 after earning the fourth quickest time in Saturday's final qualifying period at Road America.

Paul Tracy to start fourth at Road America.

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy will start from row two for tomorrow's Motorola 220 after earning the fourth quickest time in Saturday's final qualifying period at Road America. Tracy, who has been plagued by gremlins for much of the weekend, turned a fast lap of 1:42.927 seconds (141.584 mph) in a session that was twice interrupted by red flags. Tracy's teammate Dario Franchitti, who was third quickest in Friday qualifying, will start sixth.

Tracy's day got off to a rocky start when he went off course during the morning practice session causing damage the right front corner of his Honda-Lola-Bridgestone. While his Team KOOL Green crew members were able to repair the damage in time for qualifying, Tracy saw his qualifying session come to an abrupt end when he was forced to pit after running out of fuel on his fastest trip around the track.

Dario Franchitti suffered his own lot during the qualifying period and was forced to pit on his first qualifying run when the head of an Allen screw popped off. As a result of time spent in the pit to repair the problem, Franchitti was unable to improve on his Friday qualifying time and will start from row three.

Bruno Junqueira recorded the fastest time of the day to earn the pole position for tomorrow's race. The Brazilian posted a best lap of 1:42.151 seconds (142.659 mph). Although Canadian Alex Tagliani was second quickest of the day, Cristiano da Matta, who earned the provisional pole during Friday qualifying, will start from his guaranteed front row position. Tagliani will start third after marking a fast lap of 1:42.684 seconds (141.919 mph).

Tomorrow's CART FedEx Champ Car schedule starts off with warm up at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Race time is 2:00 CDT. Speed Channel will carry the race live starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"We ran out of fuel. We came in late on the first set of tires and Team KOOL Green had to rush to get the fuel in. We just didn't get enough into the car and I had to come in on my quick lap. It's a tough break because the car was good this afternoon. Actually it's been good all weekend, we've just had a few problems. I'm pretty happy, I don't think we could have beat Bruno's (Junqueira) time for the pole, but I think we could have been second for the day, which would have let us start third. We're pretty close to that though and although I'd prefer to be starting one row up, we'll be okay tomorrow."

Steve Challis, Chief Engineer

"Today has been a bit of a struggle because in the morning session Paul ran off-course and this afternoon we had the two red flags. Overall though, I'm pretty happy about things right now. We battled some gremlins early in the weekend, but now we've got a good car and I think we can definitely win from fourth."

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

"Early in the session I was coming into Canada corner and then all of a sudden the steering turned ninety degrees when I wanted to go straight. Obviously something was broken. I came in and the Team KOOL Green guys discovered that we had a bolt snap on the front suspension. All weekend we had been having problems with the car in the fast corners but we've finally got it settled down. The car felt great in the fast part of the course but not so hot in the slow corners. I've got massive oversteer on the exit of every slow corner. We've got to do some work to solve this tonight so we can be ready for tomorrow."

Kyle Moyer, Team KOOL Green Team Manager:

"We had a problem with the left front at the beginning of qualifying. We popped the head off of an Allen screw. Fortunately Dario recognized it right away and we brought him in and fixed it really quickly. When he went back out though, the car was a little bit too loose. We really would have liked to have that first stint on track, but that's the way it goes. It looks like Paul has a car that's handling pretty well, we'll take a look and see what's going on over there and start getting ready for tomorrow's race."

-tkg-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Cristiano da Matta
Teams HART