CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Team KOOL Green Qualifying Notes and Quotes

HOMESTEAD, Fla., (March 25, 1999) -- Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will be looking to work their way through the field in tomorrow's 150-lap Grand Prix of Miami at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Tracy is starting from the 17th position...

HOMESTEAD, Fla., (March 25, 1999) -- Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will be looking to work their way through the field in tomorrow's 150-lap Grand Prix of Miami at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Tracy is starting from the 17th position on the grid after a qualifying run of 26.643 seconds (202.950 mph), while Franchitti will start 22nd following a lap of 26.802 seconds (201.746 mph).

CART's season-opening race will be led to the grid by Gil de Ferran, who earned the seventh pole position of his career with a time of 25.942 seconds (208.434 mph). Last year's champion, Juan Montoya, will take up position beside De Ferran after his own quick run of 25.946 seconds (206.366 mph). Adrian Fernandez will share Row 2 on the inside with rookie Alex Tagliani, who will start on the outside.

Tomorrow morning, the 27-car field will return to the track for a final practice session at 10:00 a.m. and the green flag falls at 2:00 p.m. A tape-delay broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (17th with a lap-time of 26.643 seconds / 202.950 mph)

"Finally we made some improvements with the KOOL car. I picked up about six-tenths of a second with my qualifying run, so that's a huge improvement. We've gambled and made a big change on the car every session. The changes we tried didn't do anything for us until we finally got some front-end grip in qualifying. The car didn't want to wash out as bad (understeer) and we managed a half-decent lap-time.

"We've been struggling with understeer, so we know how to put understeer back into the car for the race which is what you want. I don't think there's any worry of us going loose in the race... I hope."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (22nd with a lap-time of 26.802 seconds / 201.746 mph)

"We're trying different things, but we still haven't found the answer. We're struggling; there's no other word for it. My qualifying lap was better and our fastest time this weekend. But it's still not that good. Team KOOL Green's engineers decided to go in two different directions for the setup between Paul and myself. Paul went a little quicker with a slightly different setup, so maybe that will give us some direction.

"Physically, I feel fine. The only time I feel any pain is when I look at the time sheets. I feel great other than trying to get the car to go quicker. It's great to be back in the car, even if it's not going so good right now."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti