CHAMPCAR/CART: Franchitti, Tracy search for speed in Chicago

CHICAGO - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti spent the day searching for the proper set up for the one-mile oval at Chicago Motor Speedway, in preparation for Sunday's 225-lap Target Grand Prix. Franchitti set the 13th...

CHICAGO - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti spent the day searching for the proper set up for the one-mile oval at Chicago Motor Speedway, in preparation for Sunday's 225-lap Target Grand Prix.

Franchitti set the 13th fastest lap of the day with a lap average of 153.876 mph (24.074 seconds), while Tracy set the 27th fastest lap with an average speed of 151.913 mph (24.385 seconds).

Bruno Junquiera was fastest on the day with a lap average of 156.212 mph (23.714 seconds), while Kenny Brack second quick on the day with a fast lap of 156.100 mph (23.731seconds).

Champ Car drivers have one final practice session tomorrow from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., before single-car qualifying begins at 1:30 p.m. Highlight coverage of qualifying airs at 5 p.m., Saturday on ESPN2. (All Times Central Daylight Time).

Sunday's 225-lap Target Grand Prix of Chicago begins at 3:00 p.m. (CDT), and will be televised live on ABC.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(27th with a lap-average speed of 150.720 mph / 24.578 seconds)
"We had a tough day. We kept trying a bunch of different things on the set up, but we couldn't find the right combination, so we need to go in a different direction. I'll sit down with the Team KOOL Green engineers tonight and we'll figure out what to do. Dario ran pretty good at the end of the session so we'll take a look at what they're doing. We definitely need to find some speed because, unlike last weekend (at Michigan), it's going to be tough to pass here and it's important to start up front."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(13th with a lap-average speed of 153.876 mph / 24.074 seconds)
"One of the great things about this series is that we run on so many different types of tracks. Last week we were on a 2-mile superspeedway and then this week we're on a one-mile oval. So we spent most of the day adjusting - getting used to different driving styles and trying to get different things out of the car than last week (in Michigan). It's a real challenge for the drivers and the engineers. We were pretty far off this morning, but Iain (Watt, chief engineer) and the team worked on it throughout the day, sneaking up on it and getting closer. It was really a good day for Team KOOL Green. We sorted through some engineering problems and the guys did a good job making the changes to the car. We now have something that I think we can work with tomorrow morning and I think we know what direction to go in for qualifying and the race."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack