Monterey, Calif. (September 10, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti finished third -- his second consecutive podium finish -- while TKG teammate Paul Tracy finished 11th in today's CART FedEx Championship race at Laguna Seca Raceway. In...
Monterey, Calif. (September 10, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti finished third -- his second consecutive podium finish -- while TKG teammate Paul Tracy finished 11th in today's CART FedEx Championship race at Laguna Seca Raceway.
In a race that featured very little passing, Franchitti started and finished third, to earn his fourth podium finish of the 2000 season. Franchitti earned 14 points for finishing third and moved from 11th to ninth place in the championship standings with 92 points.
Paul Tracy started 13th and had worked his way up to ninth when on the last lap he went off course attempting to pass Oriol Servia for eighth place. He quickly rejoined the race, but finished the final lap in 11th place.
Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran started and finished first and second respectively in today's race. The 16 points de Ferran earned for second place, combined with Michael Andretti scoring no points, allowed de Ferran to supplant Andretti in the points lead. De Ferran leads Andretti 132 -- 126. Tracy is third with 122 points.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-REYNARD:
(Started 13th / Finished 11th / 3rd in standings with 122 points)
"I'm disappointed. I could have finished eighth. I tried to pass (Oriol) Servia on the last lap and I got in too deep, couldn't get it turned and lost it, throwing away good points. We stopped twice on the yellow, topping up right before it went green so we wouldn't have to worry about mileage -- it just didn't pan out for us. The KOOL car was great today, but there were absolutely no opportunities to pass all day; not on the start, not on the restart, nothing. Servia was holding me up so much. He was driving in to the turns real deep and taking it easy cruising up the hill. I caught him going up the hill and drove under him but couldn't stop. It just wasn't much fun today."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-REYNARD:
(Started 3rd / Finished 3rd / 8th in standings with 92 points)
"It's my first podium at Laguna Seca, I'll take it. We were all running the same pace, trying to save fuel. At the end, it did come down to a fuel-conservation race, which was rather disappointing. But it's good to get some more points and get on the podium for a second straight week. Maybe we've got some momentum now and I can finally reward the Team KOOL Green crew's perseverance with a long overdue win."