Franchitti fouth fastest in morning practice RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil (May 9, 1998) - Both Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti powered their KOOL Reynard Hondas to improved lap times in this morning's practice, readying themselves for today's...
Franchitti fouth fastest in morning practice
RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil (May 9, 1998) - Both Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti powered their KOOL Reynard Hondas to improved lap times in this morning's practice, readying themselves for today's qualifying at 11:45 p.m. EDT. Franchitti was fourth fastest w ith a time of 39.134 seconds at 171.472 mph, while Tracy was 12th quick at 39.575 seconds and 169.562 mph.
Gil de Ferran bettered the existing track record in practice, posting a lap of 38.926 seconds at 172.389 mph on the 1.864-mile oval at Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway. Mauricio Gugelmin set the track record in winning last year's pole with a lap 39.034 seco nds (171.921 mph). Newman-Haas teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Michael Andretti were second and third fastest, as Fittipaldi turned a lap of 38.972 seconds (172.185 mph) while Andretti clocked in at 39.040 seconds (171.665 mph).
It will be interesting to see if qualifying times for the Rio 400 will be even faster this afternoon, as temperatures soar towards the 90 degree mark. Both Team KOOL Green drivers predict that the pole winner will need to run a lap of 38.5 seconds or bet ter.
Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone):
"The car is different at each end of the track. I've got a big push in turn one and the car is loose in turn four. It's tough to make a big compromise. You fix one end and it gets worse at the other. We'll see what Dario did; he must have done somethin g that worked ."
Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone):
"We're working slowly on the set up since we got here. Every time we've been out we've improved the car. We'll make another small change at the front end before qualifying, but I'm basically happy with the car."