CHAMPCAR/CART: Franchitt, Tracy Road America Friday notes

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti set the third fastest time during today's practice session for Sunday's Motorola 200 at Road America, while teammate Paul Tracy battled several mechanical problems and ended the day 26th...

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti set the third fastest time during today's practice session for Sunday's Motorola 200 at Road America, while teammate Paul Tracy battled several mechanical problems and ended the day 26th overall.

Both TKG drivers spent the day searching for a good balance on their cars, with Franchitti clocking a fast lap of 143.837 mph (1:41.315) to earn the third spot. Tracy, who suffered a mechanical problem in both the morning and afternoon practice sessions, recorded a fast lap of 140.561 mph (1:43.676), and was classified 26th.

Fastest on the day was Gil de Ferran, with a lap average of 144.055 mph (1:41.055 seconds) around the 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course. Second fastest was Jimmy Vasser, with a fast lap 143.881 mph (1:41.284 seconds).

Qualifying for Sunday's race is set for tomorrow beginning at 2:45 p.m. (EDT). It will be preceded by a final practice session from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (EDT)

The 55-lap race starts at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, and will be televised live by ESPN.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
"The KOOL car felt good - it seemed to have a pretty good balance. But between all the red flags and our own problems, we just never were able to put a lap together to show it. We had a little drama this morning when we had a coolant leak in the water system that necessitated an engine change. It wasn't anything the crew could fix with the engine in the car. The new engine we put in the car had a quite a few miles on it - about 200 or so. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it had a mechanical problem with about 25 minutes left in the afternoon session. We changed gears in the primary car this morning and it didn't make sense to bring the spare car out without the same changes on it. And because we were busy changing the engine between sessions, we didn't get the changes made onto the spare car. No panic, but we need to get more accomplished tomorrow."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
"It wasn't a bad day. We had a pretty disruptive session this morning, so I'm glad things went better this afternoon. We were doing the same as everyone else - just working, trying to get the KOOL car quicker. I'm happy with where we are today. We've got some more work to do tomorrow, though. There are so many different kinds of corners and different surfaces here, and you've got trees over some of the corners, so there is a different balance in every corner and different levels of grip. That takes some getting used to."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti
Teams HART