RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (April 28, 2000) â€“ Team KOOL Greenâ€™s Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti stand 10th and 17th after the first day of practice at the Rio 200 in Brazil. Tracyâ€™s best lap around the 1.864-mile, D-shaped oval was 39.628 ...
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (April 28, 2000) – Team KOOL Green’s Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti stand 10th and 17th after the first day of practice at the Rio 200 in Brazil. Tracy’s best lap around the 1.864-mile, D-shaped oval was 39.628 seconds, averaging 169.335 mph, while Franchitti posted a time of 39.762 seconds (168.764 mph).
Juan Montoya had the quickest car at Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway, clocking a lap of 38.922 seconds (172.406 mph). Montoya, last year’s rookie champion, was out in front of two first-year drivers today. Swedish rookie Kenny Brack was second fastest with a time of 39.211 seconds (171.136 mph), while Canadian rookie Alex Tagliani was third with a quick time of 39.241 seconds (171.005 mph).
Single-car qualifying will begin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. ET, while the green flag for Sunday’s race will fall at 12:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(10th with a lap-time of 39.678 seconds / 169.121 mph)
“We’re happy with the KOOL car, but every time I put a run together a yellow flag would come out. We were third in morning practice, so I’m not concerned too much being 11th this afternoon. I know we can run at least in the top three or four. We could be doing that quite easily. We just didn’t get the opportunity. My fastest time was on tires with 60 laps on them. We put on a fresh set with about 12 minutes left in the session and when I got up to speed the yellow flag would come out.”
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(17th with a lap-time of 39.762 seconds / 168.764 mph)
“We didn’t finish the session where we expected. We expected to be further up the ladder, but we haven’t found a comfortable balance on the KOOL car all the way through the corners. We’re going to have a hard look at the data and come out with some changes to improve the car for tomorrow. I need to be able to brake as late as possible, carry speed into the corner and be hard on the throttle out of the corners. With this sort of race track, you need to be able to get in and out of turns one and four very well.”