CHAMPCAR/CART: Miwaukee Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti Strong in Practice

WEST ALLIS, WIS., (June 2, 2000) – Team KOOL Green’s Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti concentrated on their race set up today in practice for Sunday’s Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. Tracy posted the fifth fastest time with a lap of...

WEST ALLIS, WIS., (June 2, 2000) – Team KOOL Green’s Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti concentrated on their race set up today in practice for Sunday’s Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. Tracy posted the fifth fastest time with a lap of 21.588 seconds (172.096 mph), while Franchitti was three spots back in eighth at 21.637s (171.706 mph).

Gil de Ferran, winner of the last race at Nazareth, Pa., was quickest on the day in lapping the 1.032-mile oval in 21.389 seconds (173.697 mph). Michael Andretti was next quickest, clocking a time of 21.404s (173.575 mph). De Ferran’s teammate Helio Castroneves took third position on the timesheets with a lap of 21.449s (173.211 mph).

The 24-car field returns to the track for a practice session tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. before single-car qualifying at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. The 225-lap race will be broadcast live on ABC-TV this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(5th with a lap-time of 21.588 seconds / 172.096 mph)

“Because of the crash we had here in testing, we took a little slower pace this morning and we’ve just been working on race setup. We were quite quick. Then we trimmed out the car and put in a couple of fast laps. At the very end of the session, we went back to working on the race setup. We need to find a little more speed, but I’m pretty happy with the KOOL car and we’ll just fine tune it tomorrow. ”

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(8th with a lap-time of 21.637 seconds / 171.706 mph)

“I’m a disappointed because this morning I thought we had the KOOL car right where we wanted. Then this afternoon we were running on full tanks for race setup and ran 22-flat on old tires. During that session, we put on a new set of tires and we just can’t get the car balanced. We’re nervous and loose with some big problems to get sorted out. It feels like something is going away with the car because whatever we do we always have the same problem. It’s frustrating because we showed up with a good setup and we haven’t improved on it.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti