CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Team KOOL Green Friday Story

TRACY 9TH FASTEST AND FRANCHITTI 13TH IN PRACTICE AT MICHIGAN SPEEDWAY CART FedEx Championship Series - PRACTICE Round 12 of 20 - U.S. 500 BROOKLYN, Mich., (July 23, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was ninth in today's combined practice...

TRACY 9TH FASTEST AND FRANCHITTI 13TH IN PRACTICE AT MICHIGAN SPEEDWAY

CART FedEx Championship Series - PRACTICE Round 12 of 20 - U.S. 500

BROOKLYN, Mich., (July 23, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was ninth in today's combined practice at Michigan Speedway, while his teammate Dario Franchitti was 13th in preparing for the Sunday's U.S. 500, Round 12 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

Working under oppressive heat and humidity (90 degrees F), Tracy powered his #26 KOOL Honda-Reynard around the 2-mile superspeedway in 31.445 seconds at an average speed of 228.971 mph. Franchitti, meanwhile, turned a lap of 31.608 seconds (227.790 mph).

Juan Montoya had the quickest car on track with a time of 31.134 seconds (231.258 mph), while Mauricio Gugelmin was second quick with a time of 31.204 seconds (230.740 mph). Max Papis was third fastest with a lap of 31.234 seconds (230.518 mph), exactly one-tenth behind Montoya.

Tomorrow's schedule has the 27-car field back on track for final practice at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with single-car qualifying beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Sunday's race will be broadcast live on ABC-TV at 1:30 p.m. ET.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (4th with a lap-time of 31.445 seconds / 228.971 mph)

"When the session started the car was very loose. But Team KOOL Green kept working at it - we didn't panic - and we got the car working pretty good. I'm still not completely happy with it. It's not the way I'd want to race it on Sunday. We'll keep working at it.

"We've taken more and more downforce off the car to compensate for the drag of the Handford wing, so the car is very, very nervous feeling right now. We've got so little downforce on them now, you've got to keep working right up to the limit. Running with the trucks isn't a big help, either. It's kind of slippery for the first 20 minutes of the session. You've just got to stay on top of the car the whole time and be prepared to change the car as the grip level comes and goes."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (11th with a lap-time of 31.608 seconds / 227.790 mph)

"I'm generally okay with the way the car is handling and the speed that we're getting. We're not out there searching for tows (drafts from other cars that allow for faster speeds). We're concentrating on finding a good race setup and getting the car to work in traffic. We still need to find some speed. I'll sit down with the Team KOOL Green engineers this evening and we'll see what we can come up with."

TEAM KOOL GREEN'S JONNY KANE WINS THE INDY LIGHTS POLE

Jonny Kane won the first pole position of his Indy Lights career with a lap of 39.486 seconds (182.343 mph) on the 2-mile oval at Michigan Speedway. Kane wins the Sea-Doo Pole Award for his efforts, which earned him a $1,000 bonus from Bombardier.

Kane was quickest with his first hot lap, out-pacing Phillip Peter and Oriol Servia in second and third. Peter turned in a time of 39.501 seconds (182.274 mph), while Servia completed his qualifying lap in 39.751 seconds (181.128 mph).

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (1st with a lap-time of 39.486 seconds / 182.343 mph)

"I'm thrilled to win the pole. The boys from Team KOOL Green have done a brilliant job and I'm looking forward to the race. I still think that I have a lot to learn here on the superspeedway. I tried a bit of drafting this morning and learned quite a bit, staying out in traffic for about 15-20 laps. I think I'll need to do a lot more of that before I'm as good as some of these other guys.

"It has been a frustrating season up until this point because we have been very fast. We've been quick at every circuit so far, but the results don't really show that. I think we showed everyone what we are truly capable of getting the job done. Now, it's just a matter of following though in the race."

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Mauricio Gugelmin , Jonny Kane , Phillip Peter