TEAM KOOL GREEN'S FRANCHITTI TO START 2ND & TRACY 10TH LONG BEACH, Calif., (April 17, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start on the outside of row one beside pole-winner Tony Kanaan, while Paul Tracy will start 10th on the grid...
TEAM KOOL GREEN'S FRANCHITTI TO START 2ND & TRACY 10TH
LONG BEACH, Calif., (April 17, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start on the outside of row one beside pole-winner Tony Kanaan, while Paul Tracy will start 10th on the grid for tomorrow's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
Franchitti had won the provisional pole yesterday, but Kanaan's time of 1:01.109 seconds at an average speed of 107.454 mph was good enough to unseat him. Most drivers improved their times from yesterday, as more and more rubber was laid down by the cars and traction improved. Franchitti chose to re-qualify in his spare car after an accident in morning practice with his primary car. He improved his time but was still .024 seconds behind Kanaan, posting a lap of 1:01.133 (107.412 mph). Bryan Herta was third-fastest with a time of 1:01.280 (107.154 mph). Herta will share the second row with his teammate Max Papis.
Tracy battled the usual traffic problems in qualifying, turning a quick lap of 1:01.842 for an average speed of 106.180 mph around the 1.824-mile circuit.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (10th with a lap-time of 1:01.842 seconds / 106.180 mph)
"It's just a matter of getting a clear lap and I couldn't find one late in the session. I was on a fast lap there at the end and then the final yellow came out. Team KOOL Green has both cars starting in the first third of the field, which I hope will keep us out of trouble in Turn 1. The car has got a good balance and we should be competitive in the race. It's a long race and the key is to keep it off the walls."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (2nd with a lap-time of 1:01.133 seconds / 107.412 mph)
"It was a great recovery for Team KOOL Green to bring out the spare car after the primary car went into the wall in morning practice. I'm frustrated not to be on the pole because the crew did an amazing job getting my spare ready so fast. Second is great, but it's not the pole.
The car is very good, so we're in good shape for the race. Making it clean through the first turn should not be a problem. Tony (Kanaan) and I have run close together in the past. I hope it's a clean start and a first lap after that. The guys just need to remember that you can't win the race on the first lap.
"It's good for Tony to be on the pole. It's really good to see him up there. Although, I told him that you always have an excuse for not winning when you're not on the pole. But, despite our problems? no excuses, we just weren't quick enough today."