CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Friday Notes

CART FedEx Championship Series - Practice Round 15 of 20 - Target Grand Prix CHICAGO, Ill., (Aug. 20, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was eighth and Dario Franchitti 11th after the second day of practice at Chicago Motor Speedway. Tracy's...

CART FedEx Championship Series - Practice Round 15 of 20 - Target Grand Prix

CHICAGO, Ill., (Aug. 20, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was eighth and Dario Franchitti 11th after the second day of practice at Chicago Motor Speedway. Tracy's best lap around the one-mile oval was clocked at 23.288 seconds (159.069 mph), while Franchitti has sped to a time of 23.364 seconds (158.552 mph).

The fastest car in preparation for this weekend's Target Grand Prix, belonged to Helio Castro-Neves. He was the first of only two drivers to crack the 23-second mark with the quickest lap of the day at 22.968 seconds (161.285 mph). Max Papis was the other driver below 23 seconds with his own hot lap of 22.976 seconds (161.229 mph). Roberto Moreno was third quick with a time of 23.012 seconds (160.977 mph).

Cars are back on track for practice tomorrow, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Single-car qualifying is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Sunday's race will be broadcast on ABC at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, one-hour tape delay.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (8th with a lap-time of 23.336 seconds / 158.742 mph)

"I'm not real happy with the car. We didn't have a very good session this afternoon. The car was really inconsistent. The track conditions are changing a lot or there is something going on with the KOOL car, but we definitely need to see what we can figure out tonight and regroup for tomorrow. It seemed that everything we did to the car to balance it would make it very loose. Then when we changed it back, the car would push. We' ll work on it tonight and hope for the best tomorrow."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (11th with a lap-time of 23.364 seconds / 158.552 mph)

"I had a very positive session. We're working on the race setup for the KOOL car, more so than for qualifying. We were doing slightly longer runs around the track. We made a lot of improvements in the car. We're definitely heading in the right direction. I'm getting better every session, but we need to continue to work for a better balance. We need to keep up with the improving track conditions. I think if people start using the high groove we will have a two-lane race track. But, nobody is really willing to do that yet."

PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - Practice

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane currently stands seventh after three Indy Lights practice sessions. Kane's quickest lap came in this morning's practice with a trip of 26.602 seconds (139.253 mph) around the oval.

Derek Higgins, winner of the last race in Detroit, has the best lap so far with a time of 26.316 seconds (140.766 mph). Guy Smith is next with a time of 26.339 seconds (140.643 mph), while Felipe Giaffone is third with a lap of 26.340 seconds (140.638 mph).

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (7th with a lap-time of 26.602 seconds / 139.253 mph)

"We had an understeer in the KOOL car this morning and an oversteer in the afternoon. We made a change before the second session and then I spun four laps in, which didn't do my confidence much good. After that, the car was still too neutral. We've actually been quite quick this weekend. We just need to get the car balanced up somewhere between this morning's handling and this afternoon's."

"The track seems different every time you go out, whether because of the temperature or more likely because of the tires. There's more rubber down and that changes the balance of the car. That upset us a little bit. The track could change again by tomorrow morning. We'll keep trying and get it sorted out."

KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - QUALIFYING

Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney will start sixth on the grid for tomorrow's 60-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race. Gurney made a strong recovery, considering his lack of track time due to yesterday's accident in practice and the early morning rain. He lapped the oval in 28.019 seconds, averaging 132.210 mph.

Andrew Bordin won the pole position for the race with a time of 26.789 seconds (138.384 mph). Sam Hornish Jr. clocked a lap of 27.041 seconds (136.992 mph) and will start alongside Bordin. Points leader Anthony Lazzaro will start third.

ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (6th with a lap-time of 28.019 seconds / 132.210 mph)

"The way the weekend started here, I never would have thought that we would have qualified so well. This morning, we just made sure that everything was running well after they put the car together last night. It's definitely a good qualifying position. I don't know if we can keep that pace in the race. I actually had a ton of understeer on my hot lap. By watching the rest of qualifying, I saw that a lot of the guys had the same problem. I didn't think the lap was all that good. There's more in the car for sure. It's nice to be starting ahead of a lot of the front runners."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Gurney , Guy Smith , Felipe Giaffone , Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Derek Higgins , Jonny Kane , Andrew Bordin , Sam Hornish Jr.