LONG BEACH, Calif., (April 14, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti stands sixth after the first day of provisional qualifying at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, while his teammate Paul Tracy is 15th. Franchitti posted a time of 1:09.009 ...
LONG BEACH, Calif., (April 14, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti stands sixth after the first day of provisional qualifying at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, while his teammate Paul Tracy is 15th. Franchitti posted a time of 1:09.009 seconds, averaging 102.655 mph around the 11-turn, 1.97-mile street circuit. Tracy managed a time of 1:09.516 seconds (101.916 mph).
Adrian Fernandez was the fastest of the 26 qualifers, lapping the oceanside course in 1:08.636 seconds (103.223 mph). Fernandez edged out Gil de Ferran for the provisional pole by a mere 0.007 seconds. De Ferran's time was 1:08.643 (103.212 mph), while Max Papis was third with a time of 1:08.698 (103.130 mph).
Final qualifying will begin tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. PT, while the green flag for Sunday's race will fall at 1:00 p.m. PT. ESPN's one-hour tape-delayed broadcast begins 5 p.m. ET Sunday.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (15th with a lap-time of 1:09.516 seconds / 101.916 mph)
"It's still early, but I'm not really happy with the car right now. The good thing is we're a street-wise bunch at Team KOOL Green. We've had a lot of success on street courses over the last 12 months, so I think we'll get things figured out for tomorrow. Today, I couldn't get a quick lap in the last few minutes. When I went out on a fresh set of tires, a red flag killed any chance to move up. I felt that we could have improved on our time, but we'll just have to get it done tomorrow. We just need to make big improvements on the car. We have a big understeer problem, the car just won't turn. We'll try to sort that out tonight"
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (6th with a lap-time of 1:09.009 seconds / 102.665 mph)
"The KOOL car is much better than it was this morning. We're making progress because I've got grip now, whereas I didn't before. The guys did a good job between this morning's practice and qualifying. We just need to work on overall grip to get a balance that I like in the car. Power down isn't bad. The car is getting off of the hairpin better than ever. I'm very happy because I've got a car I can work with and likely can go four-tenths quicker with tomorrow."
Regarding spin late in the session: "Gugelmin went through the turn slow on the quick line and I came on him very fast. I was forced to lock-up and I ended up going into the tires. The damage is minimal, just a bent wing."