VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti moved up ten positions from his 19th-place starting spot to finish ninth in today's Molson Indy Vancouver, while TKG teammate Paul Tracy's day ended early with a cut ...
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti moved up ten positions from his 19th-place starting spot to finish ninth in today's Molson Indy Vancouver, while TKG teammate Paul Tracy's day ended early with a cut tire.
Franchitti's progress through the field was thwarted when he was running low on fuel and was forced to stop while the pits were still closed for CART to gather up the field behind the pace car.
Tracy's day ended after only 29 laps when Cristiano da Matta's front wing made contact with Tracy's right-rear tire, cutting it and sending him down a run-off area. After backing out of the run-off, Tracy stalled the car and was unable to continue.
Roberto Moreno survived the incident-filled race to earn his first victory of the season, crossing the finish line 4.687 seconds ahead of Gil de Ferran.
#26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 8th / Finished 26th / 11th in standings with 65 points)
"Da Matta got into the back of me and cut down my right rear tire. I went down the run-off area and backed out. Then the engine stalled and CART pulled me behind the wall. They said they wouldn't push-start me with a flat tire. Everybody was bunched up on the restart. It was just one of those things with everybody on cold tires and trying to get an advantage. But that's the way our season is going. We struggled on Friday, had a pretty good qualifying session Saturday and got some momentum going, then we got our legs cut out from underneath us on Sunday. It's been a challenging year for Team KOOL Green."
#27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 19th / Finished 9th / 5th in standings with 85 points)
"I'm obviously disappointed with the result of the race. The KOOL car was actually quite good and we made up as many places as we could through passing. And we thought we were going to make up even more places the way the yellows fell. But it took CART something like four laps under the yellow to pick up the leader and dispatch the pace car, which as far I'm concerned isn't acceptable. I'm sure that everyone in the stands knew who the leader was, so I just don't understand. We were running low on fuel and had to come to the pits while they were still closed (while CART waited to pack up the field), so we were penalized and had to go to the back of the grid, which basically screwed our race. It's good that we got some points, but we probably could have been on the podium if it wasn't for that. On a brighter note, to come racing here in Vancouver is just fantastic. On the parade laps in the back of the truck, the entire crowd was on their feet. It's just amazing. I'm glad we're coming back for three more years. I just hope we can give them something more to cheer about."