STATEMENT FROM TEAM KOOL GREEN ON PAUL TRACY'S EXCLUSION FROM SATURDAY'S QUALIFYING PORTLAND, Ore., (June 19, 1998) -- Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy, who was placed on probation June 11 by CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach for an incident...
STATEMENT FROM TEAM KOOL GREEN ON PAUL TRACY'S EXCLUSION FROM SATURDAY'S QUALIFYING
PORTLAND, Ore., (June 19, 1998) -- Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy, who was placed on probation June 11 by CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach for an incident at the ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, has been fined $20,000 and will be excluded from Saturday's qualifying for today's incident in which he made contact with the car of Michel Jourdain Jr.
Tracy will be forced to stand on Friday's qualifying time of 59.630s which currently ranks him 12th among 28 drivers. Tracy will be allowed to participate in Saturday morning's practice session.
"I'm not happy about the fine or the decision to exclude me from qualifying tomorrow," said Paul. "I think we had a very competitive car today but as a result of my incident with Michel I didn't get a chance to show its real potential. I'm disappointed, but that's life. We'll start the race from where we start. That's all I have to say."
"I'm disappointed that CART will not permit Paul to qualify tomorrow," said Barry Green, owner of Team KOOL Green. "I did not see today's incident, but based on reports from corner workers and on what Paul has told me, it appears that he was at fault. I could agree with CART placing him on probation because of today's incident. Unfortunately, Paul had already been placed on probation by a decision I disagree with stemming from the Detroit race.
"However, I respect Wally's decision. Team KOOL Green will make every effort to insure that our driver Dario Franchitti retains his pole position tomorrow, while focusing our effort with Paul on Sunday's race."