CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Team Kool Green Friday report

Franchitti 7th, Tracy 16th in Miami qualifying. MIAMI - It was a mixed day for Team KOOL Green as the CART FedEx Champ Cars took to the track for the first time at the inaugural Grand Prix Americas, on the 1.387-mile temporary street course ...

Franchitti 7th, Tracy 16th in Miami qualifying.

MIAMI - It was a mixed day for Team KOOL Green as the CART FedEx Champ Cars took to the track for the first time at the inaugural Grand Prix Americas, on the 1.387-mile temporary street course through the streets of downtown Miami. Both TKG drivers showed promise in the morning practice session, but increasingly slippery track conditions were not to their liking during afternoon qualifying. Dario Franchitti posted the seventh-fastest lap at 1:04.484 / 77.422 mph, while teammate Paul Tracy sits 16th at 1:03.134 / 79.089 mph.

Tony Kanaan guaranteed himself a front-row starting spot for Sunday's race, setting provisional pole with a fast lap of 1:01.264 / 81.503 mph. Scott Dixon was second (1:01.444 / 81.264 mph) and Tora Takagi was third (1:02.039 / 80.485 mph). TKG technical partner Michael Andretti was14th (1:03.052 / 79.192 mph).

Qualifying continues tomorrow with a second one-hour session at 1:15 p.m., broadcast live on SPEED Channel. Champ Car drivers have one final pre-qualifying tune-up in the morning from 9:50 - 11:00 a.m. EDT. The Grand Prix Americas takes the green flag Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, with both live and tape-delay coverage on CBS. Check local listings for times.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"We just didn't get it right in qualifying. We were good in practice this morning and good during the qualifying warm-up. I went out on sticker tires and I spun in my first session this afternoon and lost our quick lap. When I went out again the track went red and then I couldn't get enough laps to make another quick run in the KOOL car. We'll just try to do it again tomorrow."

Morning Session
Position: 3rd
Speed: 80.685 mph
Time: 1:04.484 seconds

Provisional Qualifying
Position: 16th
Speed: 79.089 mph
Time: 1:03.134 seconds

John Anderson, Team KOOL Green Race Consultant
"New tires are pretty slow and pretty slippery so we were going to go out and do it in just one stint. We waited a bit longer than the rest of the guys. Paul did a little half-spin and couldn't select reverse. He used the starter go to back and it looks like it either jumped out or broke a gear or did something in the gearbox and he couldn't swing it around get it square again. Paul did a terrific job this morning so we know we've got the goods to be quick, and we're looking forward to seeing that again tomorrow."

Dario Franchitti -- #27 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"It's unusual because certain points of the track actually had less grip than it had this morning. The area through Turns Four, Five and Six is way too slippery. Apart from that, it's a pretty bumpy track but you can live with that on a street course. We had a pretty good run this morning, so we'll take a look at some adjustments for the KOOL car for tomorrow and see if we can improve. One thing it really has going for it is, it's downtown Miami and you couldn't ask for a better setting."

Morning Session
Position: 16th
Speed: 77.433 mph
Time: 1:04.484 seconds

Provisional Qualifying
Position: 7th
Speed: 80.059 mph
Time: 1:02.369 seconds

Kyle Moyer, Team KOOL Green Team Manager
"Qualifying was pretty good. We missed some time on the track this morning (due to an eight-minute penalty for causing a red flag). The track's pretty slick, especially Turn Four all the way around to Turn Six. Because of the new asphalt the sealant's coming up. So that's hurting everybody but everybody's in the same boat. I think we could have been a little bit better but we still don't have a front-row car yet. I think with a little bit more time on the track we'll be OK."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , John Anderson