CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Team Kool Green Friday practice notes

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti posted the eighth and ninth quickest times respectively in practice today for Sunday's Miller Lite 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. This is CART FedEx Championship Series points...

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti posted the eighth and ninth quickest times respectively in practice today for Sunday's Miller Lite 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. This is CART FedEx Championship Series points leader Franchitti's first race in his new blue and silver Honda-Lola-Bridgestone. Tracy debuted his Lola at Motegi in April.

Adrian Fernandez posted the quickest lap of 168.712 mph (22.021 seconds) in today's sessions followed by Kenny Brack (164.864 mph, 22.535 seconds) and Mario Dominguez (164.491 mph, 22.586 seconds).

Tomorrow's schedule kicks off with practice at 9:30 a.m. CDT and will be followed by CART qualifying at 1:45 p.m. Speed Channel will broadcast the qualifying session beginning at 2:30 p.m EDT.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"We're still learning the Lola, we're okay, but we're not quite there yet. I'm not really happy with the car right now, it doesn't seem to have a lot of grip but from where I'm at in eighth, the gap to second is only one-tenth of a second. Adrian (Fernandez) in first has a five-tenth gap to second place so obviously he's got something right and we need to find that. The whole car just doesn't have the grip I want. It slides. If we can improve that and just gain some grip in the car tomorrow we'll be better. Team KOOL Green hit the nail on the head with the setup in Motegi, but it is a different weekend.

Morning Session
Position 12th
Speed 162.491 mph
Time 22.865 seconds

Afternoon Session
Position 6th
Speed 163.148 mph

Combined
Position 8th
Speed 163.148 mph
Time 22.772

John Anderson, Team KOOL Green race consultant

"Things seem to be working out with the new Team KOOL Green Lola. We think we've solved the problem with the wheel bearing that we experienced at. Motegi. The big thing today was for the driver and engineer to switch back to the Champ Car mindset as opposed to the IRL cars. "

Dario Franchitti -- #27 KOOL Honda-Reynard-Bridgestone

"We worked on our race setup, and then put on new tires to give us kind of an idea of where we want to be for qualifying tomorrow. I think the hard work is just about to start. We're learning this whole new car and we've spent the day trying to make it go quicker. The Lola definitely has more development potential. It was absolutely marvelous at Mid-Ohio, I was very, very happy with it. It wasn't quite that marvelous this morning to put it diplomatically. We've got to eliminate a bit of understeer in order to get that quick time for Team KOOL Green."

Morning Session
Position 9th
Speed 162.605 mph
Time 22.848 seconds

Afternoon Session
Position 7th
Speed 163.133 mph
Time 22.774 seconds

Combined
Position 9th
Speed 163.133 mph
Time 22.774 seconds

Kyle Moyer, Team KOOL Green Team Manager

"We had good cars here last year and we had Paul in the KOOL Lola at Motegi which was very good. Coming in here we had pretty high hopes. I think we have a pretty good race car. We haven't got it all evolved but I don't think we need to worry about that right now. We're just trying to get a handle on things. It's not quite where we want it, but it's about 90% where it needs to be. We're going to have to loosen it up a bit for qualifying and with the rain coming we want to put in a good lap time."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Mario Dominguez , John Anderson