TRACY STARTING FROM ROW FOUR AND FRANCHITTI FROM THE FIFTH ROW CART FedEx Championship Series - QUALIFYING Round 12 of 20 - U.S. 500 BROOKLYN, Mich., (July 24, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti qualified eighth and...
TRACY STARTING FROM ROW FOUR AND FRANCHITTI FROM THE FIFTH ROW
CART FedEx Championship Series - QUALIFYING Round 12 of 20 - U.S. 500
BROOKLYN, Mich., (July 24, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti qualified eighth and ninth respectively in today's single-car qualifying for the U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway. Tracy and Franchitti matched lap-times with separate trips of 31.608 seconds (227.790 mph) around the 2-mile steep-banked oval. Tracy, however, will start eighth thanks to a faster opening qualifying lap.
Jimmy Vasser won the seventh pole position of his career, clocking a lap of 31.356 seconds at an average speed of 229.606 mph. Adrian Fernandez was second fastest and will start beside Vasser after a lap of 31.381 seconds (229.438 mph). Juan Montoya, Vasser's teammate, is third on the grid with Michael Andretti on his right in row two.
The 26-car field returns to the track for tomorrow's warm-up at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The green flag for the race will coincide with the live broadcast on ABC-TV at 1:30 p.m. ET.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (8th with a lap-time of 31.608 seconds / 227.790 mph)
"There isn't really any satisfaction with the way we qualified. I'm disappointed because I was super quick with the Team KOOL Green car in this morning's practice. I was flat all the way around on my qualifying laps, but I just couldn't get the speed out of it. The car was neutral, but I had to run higher on the track than some other guys. The car was nervous at the bottom of the track, so I couldn't take the short way around. On the upside we'll be starting in the top-10, so we're in a decent position for the start of the race. It's a long race and I expect to do a lot of passing tomorrow.
"We'll put our race setup on, add some more downforce in the car and get prepared to run towards the end of the race. We'll have get more grip in the car for the race. It's going to be slippery at the beginning of the race. We're prepared to be patient before making our move. We'll run more downforce and not be too edgy in terms of balance. And towards the end, if we don't have any mechanical problems, we'll trim out the car for the race to the checkered flag."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (9th with a lap-time of 31.608 seconds / 227.790 mph)
"I've had no trouble finding a comfort zone on the superspeedway. It's really a matter of finding the proper setup for the Team KOOL Green car. The track has been changing all weekend, what with the (NASCAR) trucks here.
"We've been improving the car as we go. We learned a lot in this morning's session about what we expect the car to do during the race. We set the car up for race conditions this morning and pretty much left it that way for qualifying. I don't think we could expect any more out of the car than that. We just don't have the car working as well as we should. We took some drag out of the car and I was flat all the way around for all of my laps. Of course you like to qualify well, but it's only two laps. The 250 laps we'll run tomorrow are more important. If you have a good car, you can go to the front.
"The Handford Device will certainly be a factor in the race. I think it will be a lot of fun for the fans and it's definitely interesting for the drivers with a lot of passing."