CHAMPCAR/CART: Gateway Team KOOL Green qualifying report

Madison, Ill. (September 16, 2000) – Team KOOL Green teammates Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy claimed the second row during qualifying today for Sunday’s FedEx Championship Series race at Gateway International Raceway. Franchitti scored the...

Madison, Ill. (September 16, 2000) – Team KOOL Green teammates Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy claimed the second row during qualifying today for Sunday’s FedEx Championship Series race at Gateway International Raceway. Franchitti scored the third starting spot with a lap of 25.514 seconds, for an average speed of 179.196 mph, while Tracy will start fourth after posting a lap of 25.500 seconds, for an average speed of 179.294 mph.

Juan Montoya will start from the pole with a lap time of 25.353 seconds (180.334 mph) and his teammate Jimmy Vasser is alongside in second, with a lap time of 25.368 seconds (180.227 mph).

The CART FedEx drivers have a 30-minute warm-up session Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., with the race scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The race will be televised live on ESPN2. (All times are Central Daylight Time.)

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-REYNARD:

(3rd with a lap time of 25.500 seconds / 179.294 mph)

“I’m not that surprised with our good qualifying run. The KOOL car has had a good balance all weekend, we just caught a lot of traffic and didn’t get a chance to get a clean lap in practice. We’ve been a little loose all weekend, but that’s the way I like it. I’m really pleased with how Team KOOL Green ran today. Both Dario and I are on the second row and I think we’ve got a good race car – it’s the race that’s most important. Nobody knows how the race is going to go with this new (Handford Mk II) wing package. That might make it a little tougher to pass, but it’s just so competitive and the field so close that it’s tough to pass at any track. We’re just looking to do the best we can tomorrow. We want to finish the race and collect the most points.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-REYNARD:

(4th with a lap time of 25.154 seconds / 179.196 mph)

“We were happy at the end of the day yesterday, but then we really struggled this morning. I sat down with the Team KOOL Green engineers after practice and we had a think about it. We weren’t sure what to expect for qualifying; we kind of took a gamble on the setup. Normally we take a controlled approach to changes to the car, but we said, ‘Hey, we’re 19th this morning, we have to make some pretty big changes.’ So we did and it worked. The car was a bit loose coming out of turn four, but other than that, the KOOL car was really, really good. But now we have to sit down and figure out the best setup for the race, because what works in qualifying doesn’t work so well in the race. But we should be in good shape. We spent yesterday’s afternoon practice, when all the cars were out together, working on a race setup. We think we have some reasonably good solutions.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy