TKG Starting 4th and 5th in Australia SURFERS PARADISE, Australia - Team KOOL Green enjoyed it's best qualifying effort this season as a team as drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti qualified fourth and fifth respectively for Sunday's Honda...
TKG Starting 4th and 5th in Australia
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia - Team KOOL Green enjoyed it's best qualifying effort this season as a team as drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti qualified fourth and fifth respectively for Sunday's Honda Indy 300.
Tracy's fast lap of 108.655 mph (1:32.605 seconds) places him fourth on tomorrow's starting grid and represents his best qualifying position of the season and the fourth consecutive year he's started in that spot for Team KOOL Green in Australia. (He has started fourth twice previously this season, but due to rain the grid was set on point standings at Milwaukee and on Saturday morning practice times at Michigan.) Franchitti averaged 108.473 mph (1:32.760 seconds) on his best lap around the12-turn, 2.795-mile street circuit and will line up fifth for tomorrow's race.
Franchitti's track record of 109.724 mph (1:31.703 seconds), set in 1999, remains intact for another year, as the best any driver could do today was Roberto Moreno's lap of 109.257 mph (1:32.095 mph). He'll start from the pole for the 65-lap race that is scheduled to start at 12:00 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday, and will be televised later in the day by ESPN at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Starting fourth with a lap-average speed of 108.655 mph / 1:32.605 seconds)
"That was a good run. I'm pretty happy with the job Team KOOL Green did today. We didn't get a lot of track time, but the engineers were spot on with the set up. I'd say that was our best session of the year. The track is in good shape, especially the sections that were repaved, they seem to have a lot of grip. You've got to get the car working so that you can jump over the curbs and still get the power down. Tomorrow I think it will just take a smooth and consistent run in order to be in a position to win this thing."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Starting fifth with a lap-average speed of 108.473 mph / 1:32.760 seconds)
"That wasn't our best qualifying effort of the season. I'm disappointed with my performance in the second half of the session and the car wasn't too good under braking so we locked up a few tires. I'm frustrated because I don't like it when I do a bad job and the car wasn't helping matters. But I'll get together with Iain (Watt) and the other Team KOOL Green engineers and see what we can come up with for tomorrow. Qualifying fifth isn't the end of the world, by any means. My first objective tomorrow is just to make it through the first corner; I didn't even do that last year. After that, we'll just have to see. I think I can do some overtaking on track. And if we make the right fuel mileage and get good pit stops, we should be able to pass some people in the pits, which should put us in a good position for the finish."
BARRY GREEN, TEAM KOOL GREEN OWNER:
"We'd love to be one, two, three, but fourth, fifth and sixth (Tracy, Franchitti & Andretti's qualifying positions) is a good place to be. I think any of our guys can win from there. I think all three of them are happy with their cars. I know Dario's a little mad because he felt he didn't get the job done in the second half of the session. But never count Dario out, especially from where he's starting. With all three guys together, you can bet we'll sit down and talk amongst ourselves about the start."
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