CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterey: Team Kool Green Friday report

Tracy 13th and franchitti 19th in Friday provisional qualifying at Laguna Seca. MONTEREY, Calif. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti posted the thirteenth and nineteenth quickest times respectively in today's qualifying ...

Tracy 13th and franchitti 19th in Friday provisional qualifying at Laguna Seca.

MONTEREY, Calif. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti posted the thirteenth and nineteenth quickest times respectively in today's qualifying session for Sunday's Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Tracy, who struggled with lack of grip throughout the opening qualifying period, posted a 1:11.172 seconds (113.202 mph) on the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Unable to overcome similar challenges that plagued him in morning practice, Franchitti turned a best lap of 1:12.102 seconds (111.742 mph).

Kenny Brack recorded the quickest lap of the day, marking a 1:10.066 seconds (114.989 mph) in the afternoon qualifying session. Brack was followed by Cristiano da Matta (1:10.103 seconds,114.928 mph) and Patrick Carpentier (1:10.218,114.740 mph).

Tomorrow's CART FedEx Champ Car schedule kicks off with practice at 10:00 a.m. PDT and will be followed by qualifying at 1:45 p.m. Speed Channel will broadcast the qualifying session beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"The car was a little better out there this afternoon, but we're still not quite there yet. It's my first time on a road course in the Lola and we're on a learning curve. I'd say we're about just in the middle of the curve right now and we've got to accelerate our program overnight to find out what this KOOL car likes and doesn't like. I'm aiming to get into the top seven during qualifying tomorrow and we'll have to see what we come up with tonight."

Morning Practice
Position: 19th
Speed: 111.260 mph
Time: 1:12.414 seconds

Provisional Qualifying
Position: 13th
Speed: 113.202 mph
Time: 1:11.172 seconds

John Anderson, Team KOOL Green Race Consultant

"We've got no grip at the moment. The car is sliding and it's really not good in the slow or fast corners. We've made a big change to the shocks and it's not operating too well at the moment. We'll go back to the drawing board and see what we can find for tomorrow. There will be some big changes tonight."

Dario Franchitti - #27 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"When we were on the road course at Mid-Ohio with the Lola, it was absolutely wonderful. I didn't think we had done a great deal different to the car here, but obviously we've got to do some deeper looking and find out exactly what we're missing. It's been a difficult day. We ran this morning with oversteer, and now this afternoon we've gone the opposite way and find ourselves with the KOOL car understeering. We're going to have to do some work to get it right."

Morning Practice
Position: 20th
Speed: 111.260 mph
Time: 1:12.422 seconds

Provisional Qualifying
Position: 19th
Speed: 111.742 mph
Time: 1:12.102 seconds

Kyle Moyer, Team KOOL Green Team Manager

"It's pretty confusing because things went so well on the road course test at Mid-Ohio. We came here with pretty much what we had tested with It's time to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to get it right by tomorrow."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , John Anderson , Cristiano da Matta