FRANCHITTI EIGHTH AND TRACY 12TH ON THE GRID FONTANA, Calif., (Oct. 31, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start from the eighth spot on the grid, while his teammate Paul Tracy lines up on the outside of row six for tomorrow's ...
FRANCHITTI EIGHTH AND TRACY 12TH ON THE GRID
FONTANA, Calif., (Oct. 31, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start from the eighth spot on the grid, while his teammate Paul Tracy lines up on the outside of row six for tomorrow's season-finale at California Speedway. (ESPN, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EST).
Scott Pruett won the pole for the 500-mile race with a lap of 31.249 seconds, averaging 233.748 mph around 2-mile superspeedway. Pruett will share the front row with Jimmy Vasser, who turned a lap of 31.301 seconds (233.360 mph). Franchitti's best lap was 31.514 seconds (231.783 mph), while Tracy's time was 31.648 seconds (230.801 mph).
Franchitti is currently second overall with 160 points, 12 more than Vasser heading into tomorrow's race. He can clinch second place in the championship by finishing fifth or better in the race. A bonus of $500,000 goes to the runner-up in the championship, while tomorrow's race winner will collect $1 million.
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (8th with a lap-time of 31.514 / 231.783 mph)
"It would be nice to have the car further up the grid because you have less to worry about on the start with all of the turbulence. But a 500-mile race is a whole different situation than qualifying and we've got the KOOL car balanced really well for running in race traffic.
On his bid for second place in the championship: "I'm just going to go for it tomorrow; that's the best way to do it, especially on a superspeedway. I'd love to win the race, but I'll keep in mind that the main objective is to finish second in the points."
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (12th with a lap-time of 31.648 / 230.801 mph)
"Of course, we would have liked to have qualified the KOOL car better but I think we're in good shape for the race. The car is strong. We were in the top six most of the weekend and I'm really happy with the way the car handles in traffic and that's what's important tomorrow."
On his suspension from the first race of the 1999 CART season: "I don't feel I did anything outside the rules. We still need to examine the situation and we don't intend to deal with the issue this weekend. We do have some telemetry and data, plus there are other factors we must consider before we decide on our next steps."