WHAT: Round 8 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: June 5-7 WHERE: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix Detroit, Michigan PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING TURNS FIELD UPSIDE DOWN DETROIT, Mich., (June 5, 1998) -...
WHAT: Round 8 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series
WHEN: June 5-7
WHERE: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix Detroit, Michigan
PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING TURNS FIELD UPSIDE DOWN
DETROIT, Mich., (June 5, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti led Group 1, the fastest group based on qualifying times from Long Beach, in Champ Car qualifying under wet track conditions with a fast lap of 1:28.492, an average of 95.439 mph. But Max Papis earned the provisional pole for the Detroit Grand Prix when the 2.361-mile temporary street course dryed out for Group 2 when he turned a lap of 1:17.99 at 108.291 mph.
The leaderboard looks unusual, with Papis followed by Jimmy Vasser, Richie Hearn and Robby Gordon. Many of this season's faster drivers are towards the bottom of the provisional qualifyng grid. Greg Moore is 26th, Michael Andretti is 21st and Paul Tracy is 19th with his KOOL Reynard-Honda.
The Raceway on Belle Isle was also the site of qualifying for the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. On a rain-soaked track, Guy Smith won the provisional pole with a lap-time of 1:41.303 seconds at 83.370 mph. Felipe Giaffone and Phillip Peter were s econd and third fastest. However, Team KOOL Green's Naoki Hattori recorded the fastest lap of the day in the morning's dry practice session -- 1:23.344 seconds at 101.334 mph.
In provisional qualifying for Sunday's round three of the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Team Green Academy graduate Alex Gurney turned a fast lap of 1:34.846 and is 17th on the provisional grid.
Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (11th with a lap-time of 1:28.492 seconds at 95.439 mph) "The dry line was very narrow at some points and very wide at others. You were constantly looking ahead for the dry patches, which made it a very difficult session. We were third fastest in the dry this morning, but I wasn't very happy with the car. I h aven't been here (Detroit) with Team KOOL Green and Don Halliday (chief engineer) hasn't been here with me, so we're just trying to get everything sorted out. I'm not worried; Team KOOL Green always gives me a great car."
Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (19th with a lap-time of 1:30.756 seconds at 93.058 mph) "Everything will be upside down for tomorrow's qualifying, because the slow guys are going out now on a basically dry track, so they'll be the fast group tomorrow. The car was really good in this morning's dry practice, so I'm disappointed we didn't get to qualify in the dry. I like the changes to the track. Turn two is now very important because if you make a mistake it'll cost you at the end of the straight."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Provisional Qualifying
Naoki Hattori, #27 Team KOOL Green: (12th with a lap-time of 1:07.767 seconds at 78.369 mph) "We didn't use a wet setup or try very hard to get a fast time in this afternoon's qualifying session. We just checked the balance on the car. This morning's practice session went very well. We tested earlier this week and tried many things: shocks, r ide height, anti-roll bars and springs. We haven't touched the car since we got here. We may make a few changes for tomorrow's qualifying, but nothing major. The car is very comfortable."
Barber Dodge Pro Series Practice
Alex Gurney, #27 Team KOOL Green: (17th with a lap-time of 1:34.110 seconds at 89.045 mph) "We made some changes to the car after this morning's practice and went four seconds faster. Unfortunately, everbody else went faster, too. I like the track -- it's my first time on a temporary circuit -- but I'd enjoy it a lot more if we were quicker. I'll sit down with Bob Earl (Team Green Academy coach) and we'll look at making more changes."
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