FRANCHITTI SENT TO HOSPITAL FOR PRECAUTIONARY X-RAYS CART FedEx Championship Series Spring Training HOMESTEAD, Fla., (February 9, 2000) - On the first day of CART Spring Training, Dario Franchitti crashed with about nine minutes remaining...
FRANCHITTI SENT TO HOSPITAL FOR PRECAUTIONARY X-RAYS
CART FedEx Championship Series Spring Training
HOMESTEAD, Fla., (February 9, 2000) - On the first day of CART Spring Training, Dario Franchitti crashed with about nine minutes remaining in the final session, hitting the wall between turns three and four at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Franchitti was awake and alert at the scene, according to CART director of Medical Affairs Dr. Steve Olvey. Olvey said that Franchitti had a bruised right elbow and left foot and that the driver reported some lower back pain and slight discomfort in his left leg. He was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital for precautionary x-rays. Updates on Franchitti's condition will be provided when available.
Franchitti and his teammate Paul Tracy were participating in an open test with other CART teams in preparation for the 2000 FedEx Championship Series. Tracy's best lap was 26.808 seconds (201.701 mph) on the 1.5-mile oval, which was good enough for eighth place after two sessions. Franchitti was 14th with a lap of 27.106 seconds (200.148 mph) prior to his accident.
Team Rahal had the two fastest cars on track today, as teammates Max Papis and Kenny Brack stood atop the leaderboard after combined practice. Papis bested his teammate by 0.240 seconds with a lap of 26.243 seconds (206.044 mph), while Brack's best was 26.483 seconds (204.176 mph). Patrick Carpentier was third with a time of 26.576 seconds (203.462 mph). CART Spring Training continues tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (8th with a lap-time of 26.808 / 201.701 mph)
"I'm pretty satisfied with the balance of the car. We were able to make a lot of ground today with mechanical grip. I think we've maxed-out drag wise, now we need to find a way to get a little bit of the drag out of the car. Other than that, the KOOL car is pretty well balanced. We're in good shape. We didn't use a lot of tires today and we've got a good baseline setup for tomorrow."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (14th with a lap-time of 27.016 / 200.148 mph)
WHAT GENERAL MANAGER KIM GREEN HAD TO SAY:
"The day had been progressing quite well. We came here with a test plan. We weren't trying to be the fastest car out there, but go through a list of items we wanted to try and test based on what we found at the previous (pre-2000 season) tests with Paul (Tracy, teammate) here and in Phoenix and also with our wind-tunnel test program. This was Dario's first oval test (this year) and I think he was doing a great job. Too much understeer in the race car was slowing us down. We'll need to speak with Dario and look at the damaged race car to ascertain how the crash occurred."