CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Fontana qualifying

Fontana, Calf. (October 28, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy qualified 7th and 9th respectively for tomorrow's 500-mile CART FedEx Championship season finale at California Speedway. Tracy, one of four drivers left...

Fontana, Calf. (October 28, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy qualified 7th and 9th respectively for tomorrow's 500-mile CART FedEx Championship season finale at California Speedway.

Tracy, one of four drivers left in contention for the series' championship, posted a fast lap of 30.293 seconds (236.213 mph). He now sits 20 points behind series leader Gil de Ferran, after de Ferran earned one point for capturing the pole for tomorrow's race. Tracy must win the race in order to have a chance to claim the title. Franchitti's quick time was 30.795 seconds (237.194 mph).

Rounding out the top three in qualifying were Michael Andretti (30.550 seconds / 239.097 mph) in second and Christian Fittipaldi in third (30.553 seconds / 239.073 mph).

Sunday's 500-mile (250 laps) race will start at 11:30 a.m. Pacific. Live television coverage will be provided by ESPN at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-REYNARD:
(9th with a lap time of 30.923 seconds / 236.213 mph)
"I don't know what happened. The gearing I ran just wasn't right and the rpms were way down, and that cost us a bunch of power. I thought we should have run at least what Dario did or better but it didn't work out that way. I'm a little disappointed. For tomorrow, we've just gotta be ready to race at the end. The car feels good, we've been good in practice. We've been working on race setup all weekend, that's where we struggled at Michigan. But we're going to start in the top ten and it's plenty easy to win from there."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-REYNARD:
(7th with a lap time of 30.795 seconds / 237.194 mph)
"When I saw Christian (Fittipaldi) do 239 (mph) I thought, gee, I don't know if we can do that. The first lap was pretty good, but I was getting a bit more out of the car on the second lap. That lap was much better through turns one and two, good through three, and then we dropped all the fuel pressure coming out of four down to the (start/finish) line. I lost any advantage I had. I was pretty frustrated by that because the car felt good. I'll be trying as hard as anybody out there to win the race. It's always interesting to win, especially when there's a million dollars at stake."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy