CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Team Kool Green qualifying report

Tracy to start 5th at California Speedway, Franchitti lines up 9th. FONTANA, California - After struggling to find speed all weekend, Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy earned a fifth place starting spot for tomorrow's The 500 at California Speedway.

Tracy to start 5th at California Speedway, Franchitti lines up 9th.

FONTANA, California - After struggling to find speed all weekend, Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy earned a fifth place starting spot for tomorrow's The 500 at California Speedway. Tracy posted a fast lap of 230.176 mph (31.734 seconds) around the 2-mile superspeedway during the weekend's only qualifying period. Tracy's teammate, Dario Franchitti will start ninth tomorrow after running a more conservative setup during the qualifying session. Franchitti posted a fast lap of 229.995 mph (31.759 seconds) and will start beside Max Papis.

Tony Kanaan earned his second pole position of the season after recording a fast lap of 232.011 mph (31.483 seconds). Kanaan will line up beside Bruno Junqueira who posted a best lap of 231.145 mph (31.601 seconds). Cristiano da Matta will start third with a lap of 230.575 mph (31.679 seconds. Franchitti and Tracy's technical partner, Michael Andretti, will start fourth with a fast lap of 230.532 mph (31.685 seconds).

Sunday's schedule starts with warm up at 9:00 a.m. local time and will be followed by The 500 at 12:30 p.m. local time. Speed Channel will carry the race live starting at 3:30 p.m. eastern.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"We're experimenting with how much downforce we wanted to run. We made the KOOL car very nervous in traffic. I'm pretty happy with qualifying though. I'm pretty happy with the speed, I didn't think I could go out there and do a lap at 230 (mph) by myself. In this race we want to be light on downforce so we can't be passed that easily. We still have to find out in the warm up where we want to start the race. This is our first race on a superspeedway with the Lola and we're trying to figure a few things out. I'm hopeful for tomorrow."

Morning Practice
Position: 8th
Speed: 233.584 mph
Time: 21.271 seconds

Qualifying
Position: 5th
Speed: 230.176 mph
Time: 31.734 seconds

John Anderson, Team KOOL Green Race Consultant

"It's a pretty good place to start and it was pretty good to hear Paul say 'the car was good'". Really though, qualifying here doesn't make all that much difference, it's a long race. Hopefully we can we see the checkered flag in Fontana."

Dario Franchitti - #27KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"We had too much drag in the car. We knew we were being conservative, we didn't think we were being quite that conservative though! I was flat on the second lap. Allen McDonald (race engineer) didn't want to take too many chances, he didn't want to change the set up too drastically. I don't really think it matters where you qualify here, although it's always nice to put up the big numbers. I think we have a very good car, we made some good changes and hopefully Team KOOL Green will go out there and have a good race tomorrow."

Morning Practice
Position: 2nd
Speed: 235.004 mph
Time: 31.082 seconds

Qualifying
Position: 9th
Speed: 229.995 mph
Time: 31.759 seconds

Kyle Moyer, Team KOOL Green Team Manager

"We thought we had more in the car, but that's qualifying. Every year we come into this place thinking don't worry about qualifying, then we get caught worrying about qualifying. We've got a good race car, that's the main thing and we've worked really hard on it this weekend. We thought we would have been in the top five, but we're not far from it. Qualifying really doesn't matter here, we just have to last all day. If we can last all day tomorrow, we'll be up near the front."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , John Anderson , Cristiano da Matta