FRANCHITTI FINISHES 3RD FOR TEAM KOOL GREEN HOMESTEAD, Fla., (March 21, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti earned the seventh podium finish of his career, placing third in today's running of the Grand Prix of Miami. Franchitti was...
FRANCHITTI FINISHES 3RD FOR TEAM KOOL GREEN
HOMESTEAD, Fla., (March 21, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti earned the seventh podium finish of his career, placing third in today's running of the Grand Prix of Miami. Franchitti was closing on Michael Andretti and Greg Moore, but could not catch either driver. Moore held on for a 1.11-second margin of victory in the season-opener of the CART FedEx Championship Series.
Franchitti's crew was probably the best of the teams along pit lane, delivering fast and trouble-free service in all three of his stops. However, the number of stops each team made was the determining factor in the race. The Moore and Andretti crews gambled on fuel strategy and won with only two stops in the 150-lap race. Franchitti won the Omega Speedmaster Award for the fastest race-lap (201.573 mph on lap 149), but Moore and Andretti conserved enough fuel to stay ahead of the #27 KOOL car.
Meanwhile, Raul Boesel's day in the #26 KOOL car was a short one because of an opening lap accident between Al Unser Jr. and Naoki Hattori. Boesel, in place of Paul Tracy who is serving a one-race suspension, could not avoid being caught in the incident. Tracy will be back with Franchitti and Team KOOL Green in Japan for the Firestone Firehawk 500, Apr. 8-10.
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 7th / Finished 3rd)
"We could have won this race. I talked all weekend with my engineer Don Halliday about being happy with a top-five finish. We were ninth here last year, so I'm pretty happy. At one point in the race, after my first stop we were pulling away and I thought we could win this thing. I had great pit stops from the Team KOOL Green guys! However, we may have played it too conservatively trying to make sure everything would be okay. The Firestone tires were great all day and we had fantastic mileage from the Honda. The car was great. I really like driving on ovals when the car is setup like this."
RAUL BOESEL, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 20th / Finished 26th)
"There was no place to go when the crash occurred in front of me. I went low to avoid the cars and I got hit from the left, which damaged my suspension and sent me spinning. What can I say? It was a tough day for Team KOOL Green and car #26."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights - RACE
Mario Dominguez won today's Indy Lights race from the pole position, leading all but one of the 67 laps. The margin of victory for Dominguez was O.755 seconds over Airton Dare, while rookie Scott Dixon finished third. Team KOOL Green's rookie driver Jonny Kane was strong today, moving from 11th on the grid to finish seventh in his first oval race.
JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN LOLA T97/20: (Started 11th / Finished 7th ; Currently 7th with 6 points in the overall standings)
"I was hoping for a top six result in my first race for Team KOOL Green, but seventh is not too bad. It's as close as you can get really. The car felt really good in Turns 1 and 2, but there was understeer in Turns 3 and 4 probably because of the wind direction. I was pretty good on the start, even on the two aborted starts. I felt comfortable that I could pass in the beginning. It's a shame there weren't a few more re-starts."
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