CHICAGO, IL., (July 29, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy qualified seventh on the grid for tomorrow's 225-lap Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway. It's the fifth time this year that Tracy will start in the top-10 on an oval track.
CHICAGO, IL., (July 29, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy qualified seventh on the grid for tomorrow's 225-lap Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway. It's the fifth time this year that Tracy will start in the top-10 on an oval track. His lap around the one-mile oval was 22.394 seconds for an average speed of 165.419 mph. Franchitti, meanwhile, will start 11th after a qualifying run of 22.468 seconds (164.874 mph).
Juan Montoya, winner of the last race at Michigan, earned his fifth pole of the season with a new track record. Montoya's lap was clocked at 22.107 seconds (167.567 mph), bettering the old track record set last year by 0.681 seconds. Helio Castroneves will start alongside Montoya after turning a lap of 22.133 seconds (167.370 mph). Tony Kanaan will start third having posted a time of 22.137 seconds (167.340 mph).
Tomorrow morning there will be a 30-minute warm-up at 11:00 a.m. Central Time before the race at 3:00 p.m. Sunday's race will be broadcast on ABC-TV at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(7th with a lap-time of 22.394 seconds / 165.419 mph)
"I'm pretty pleased with my qualifying run because that's the fastest the KOOL car has gone all weekend by three-tenths. The car was a little loose coming out of the corners, which is what we have been struggling with this weekend. We made a couple of changes right before qualifying and I'm happy with how the car reacted. It seems to improve when it gets cooler and when a little cloud cover comes over. But it was hotter this afternoon, so I think our improvement was even greater than three-tenths. The car slides around a little more when it's warmer. "I certainly don't think it's going to be easy to pass tomorrow, by any stretch of the imagination. There's an awful lot of turbulence in the corners, so to get up behind somebody and to get a run on the straightaways will be really tough. One of our best chances for passing is if it's hot tomorrow and the track gets slippery, some guys will slide around and lose their balance (handling)."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(11th with a lap-time of 22.468 seconds / 164.874 mph)
"We have really struggled with the setup of the car this weekend. That was the best the KOOL car has felt all weekend with that qualifying run, so maybe we have a bit of a direction now. I was surprised that we were that quick. Hopefully we can improve it some more before the race tomorrow. I think I^Òve got a better race car than a qualifying car at the moment. It's a long race and we'll be doing our best to move forward."