WEST ALLIS, Wisc., (June 5, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy were fourth and sixth respectively today in qualifying for tomorrow's Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile beginning at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. (Tape Delay on...
WEST ALLIS, Wisc., (June 5, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy were fourth and sixth respectively today in qualifying for tomorrow's Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile beginning at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. (Tape Delay on ABC-TV at 4:00 p.m. ET)
Helio Castro-Neves won his first career Champ Car pole for the 225-lap race, clocking the fastest lap at 21.931 seconds, an average speed of 169.404 mph. Castro-Neves will share the front row with Jimmy Vasser, whose best lap was 22.088 seconds (168.200 mph). Greg Moore will start third on the grid after a lap of 22.133 seconds. Franchitti's best lap of 22.135 seconds (167.843 mph) was good enough for fourth, while Juan Montoya was fifth. Tracy's sixth-place time was 22.271 seconds (166.818 mph).
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (6th with a lap-time of 22.271 seconds / 166.818 mph)
"The whole run was extremely loose, I was crossed up with opposite lock (on the steering wheel). We were sideways all the way around. The car was really loose and I almost lost it on the warm-up lap. I just hung onto it the best I could. We got the best out of the Team KOOL Green car that was there. "It's so hot now and the wind has picked up. Dario's car was pushing (in his qualifying run) and we made a change right before we went out. I'm disappointed, but to start sixth is not bad. It could be a lot worse. To win this race, you've got to keep the car from going loose in the race. It's going to be extremely hot tomorrow, so tires are going to be critical. You've got to be conservative on the rear of the car. You've just got to have it really nailed down. It's a long race, an extra 25 miles is a long time around here. We haven't got a lot of tires, so the key is to conserve them."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (4th with a lap-time of 22.135 seconds / 167.843 mph)
"The way the Team KOOL Green car was balanced our run was to be expected. I'm actually surprised that we went as quick as we did. There was a very big push in the car that wasn't the ideal setup for qualifying. We'll be okay for tomorrow. We have a good race car and we are starting near the front. My comfort level on ovals is right there. We're sliding the car around and we're as quick as anyone. As for what happened at Gateway between myself and Paul, we've sorted all that out with Barry (Green) and the team. Paul and I understand what happened and we're going to try to make sure it doesn't happen again."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane will start 14th on the grid from tomorrow's race at 11 a.m. after a qualifying run of 25.733 seconds (144.375 mph). Felipe Giaffone won his second pole position of the season, circling the one-mile oval in 24.918 seconds (149.097 mph). Tony Renna will start on the front row with Giaffone after a lap of 24.957 seconds (148.864 mph). Oriol Servia rounds out the top three with a time of 25.127 seconds.
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (14th with a lap-time of 25.294 seconds / 146.881 mph)
"I'm not that happy with my qualifying run. We're still struggling with the same understeer problem in the mid-corner that is costing us a lot of time. I have to wait for the throttle on the exit. We always seem to be a half-a-second away from a good time no matter what we change. I'm a bit confused because this is the first place that we've been to that we haven't been fast. I really don't have enough oval experience to know what to do to the KOOL car. I'm braking on the way into corners and then I lift off at the mid-corner. I've watched other drivers and everyone seems to do their own thing. Some people brake and some people lift. Hopefully, we can find something that will make us quicker in warm-up before the race tomorrow."
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE
Last season's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic champion Lee Bentham won today's 60-lap race, crossing the finish line 2.785 seconds ahead of runner-up Kenny Wilden. Buddy Rice finished on the podium in third place after a last lap pass of Nicolas Rondet.
Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney started 11th, but did not finish today's race. Gurney was running in ninth place when got caught in an incident involving Cam Binder and Masaoki Nagashima on the 43rd lap. The contact sent him into the wall and ended his day.
ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (Started 11th / DNF)
"I was just looking to score some points because I was fighting a horrendous understeer before the accident. I didn't really see what happened in front of Cam (Binder), but he did a big wiggle in front of my KOOL car. It looked like he was trying to get by somebody and he slid up into the grey a little. I went to the outside where there was more road. Apparently, someone spun in front of him, so he came down and pinched me. It was just a big melee after that and I got thrown around quite a bit."