CHAMPCAR/CART: Franchitti, Tracy Mid-Ohio Friday ntoes

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Team KOOL Green teammates Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy placed 11th and 16th, respectively, following today's first two practice sessions for the Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Franchitti's best lap was...

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Team KOOL Green teammates Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy placed 11th and 16th, respectively, following today's first two practice sessions for the Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Franchitti's best lap was 1:07.278 / 120.824 mph, while Tracy posted a lap of 1:07.538 / 120.359. Both quick laps were set in the afternoon session.

Teammates Gil de Ferran (1:06.151 / 122.882 mph) and Helio Castroneves (1:06.234 / 122.729 mph) notched the top two spots, with Jimmy Vasser (1:06.788 / 121.710 mph) coming in third.

CART Champ Car drivers have one final practice session tomorrow from 9:45 - 11:15 a.m., followed by qualifying from 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. (All times EDT.)

Sunday's 83-lap Miller Lite 200 takes the green flag at 12:00 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(16th with a lap of 1:07.538 / 120.359 mph)

"The car is a lot better than when we started the day, but it seems like every time we get going well someone goes off the track and a red flag comes out. It's very frustrating. I think the car is actually pretty good. We just can't show it. Team KOOL Green still has some work to do to get the car faster for tomorrow's qualifying and Sunday's race. I'll talk with Dario and sit down with the engineers to see what we can do about it."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(11th with a lap of 1:07.278 / 120.824 mph)

"We're a little bit off with balance on the KOOL car and once we get that sorted out we'll be alright. The harder tire Firestone has brought here this year creates a different balance on the car. There's not quite as much grip as we're used to here. I don't know, maybe it's a combination of the harder tire and the track's not come in yet from all the rain yesterday, but it's different. You get used to driving in a certain style at this joint because it has so much grip and all of sudden it's not got that grip, so you have to step back and adjust. But the track is getting faster and the team is working hard, so we're making progress."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti