DETROIT, MI., (June 16, 2000) -- The good news is Dario Franchitti was fifth in provisional qualifying for the 84-lap Tenneco Grand Pix of Detroit. The bad news is his Team KOOL Green teammate Paul Tracy was 15th. Fortunately, there's another...
DETROIT, MI., (June 16, 2000) -- The good news is Dario Franchitti was fifth in provisional qualifying for the 84-lap Tenneco Grand Pix of Detroit. The bad news is his Team KOOL Green teammate Paul Tracy was 15th. Fortunately, there's another chance for Franchitti and Tracy to improve in tomorrow's qualifying at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
Max Papis was quickest around the 2.364-mile street circuit situated on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River. Under hot and humid conditions, Papis took all 14 turns in 1:13.903 seconds (114.280 mph), 0.407 seconds faster than Helio Castroneves in second. Castroneves completed his quick lap in 1:14.310 seconds (133.654 mph), while Kenny Brack was third with a time of 1:14.331 seconds (113.622 mph). Franchitti's best lap was 1:14.379s (113.548 mph) and Tracy's best was 1:15.885s (111.295 mph).
The 25-car field returns to the track for a practice session tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with qualifying at 1:45 p.m. ET. Sunday's race will be broadcast live on ESPN at 1:00 p.m.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(15th with a lap-time of 1:15.885 seconds / 111.295 mph)
"We were a little late getting started in the session because of the repairs we had to make to the car after the accident in morning practice. We just don't have the setup right on the KOOL car -- we're lacking grip. We really only got about seven minutes of track time in this afternoon due to all the red flags stopping the session. But we're not that far off and we'll make some changes to the car for tomorrow. Qualifying has not been all that good to us this year, so we've had to scrap for everything we can get on race day."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(5th with a lap-time of 1:14.379 seconds / 113.548 mph)
"We're getting there with the KOOL car. We're still not there, but we're working on it. Unfortunately we were in the slow group today and the track isn't rubbered in yet. New tires are what put a lot of rubber down and everyone usually runs a couple of sets of new tires in qualifying, so you'll see a big difference in times from the slower to the faster group. But hopefully we're fast enough today to get in the fast group tomorrow. Qualifying is important everywhere but it's especially critical here because it's so difficult to pass. Paul won at Long Beach from the 17th position, but that just doesn't happen very often."