VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy ended the first day of practice for the Molson Indy Vancouver with the 10th and 19th fastest laps. Franchitti's fastest lap was an average of 103.416 mph ...
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy ended the first day of practice for the Molson Indy Vancouver with the 10th and 19th fastest laps.
Franchitti's fastest lap was an average of 103.416 mph (1:01.998 seconds) around the 1.781-mile circuit. Teammate Tracy averaged 102.505 mph (1:02.541 seconds)on his fastest lap around the 13-turn street circuit.
Canadian Alex Tagliani set the opening-day pace with a quick lap of 104.713 mph (1:01.230 seconds). That compares with the track record of 106.144 mph (1:00.405 seconds) Franchitti established last season en route to winning the pole position.
Qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver is scheduled for tomorrow from 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). It will be preceded by a morning practice session, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (EDT). Sunday's 100-lap race starts at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 6:00 p.m. (EDT).
"I'm just not happy with the handling of the car today. When we went out in this morning's practice session, the balance was actually pretty good. But we didn't make any real improvement on the car the rest of the day. I was really looking forward to coming back here as the defending champion, but it's not much fun when you're 19th in practice. But we're not going to panic. I'll sit down with Steve (Challis, chief engineer) and the rest of the Team KOOL Green engineering staff and see if we can find some things to try tomorrow morning."
"We tried a couple of developmental parts this morning and they didn't work, so we stopped on track a couple of times. That put us behind a little bit and we ended up having to swap cars and go to the spare car. When we went out this afternoon the KOOL car felt good straightaway, but we might have lost our way a little bit as the session went on. I think we'll be okay tomorrow. I think we understand what we did wrong. There have been a few changes in the car from last year, including the Honda engine which has slightly different characteristics and that makes it handle a little bit differently. So we're trying to juggle all these things and get the right setup."