CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Spring Training Thursday Report

BOESEL 8th AND FRANCHITTI 17th AS CART SPRING TRAINING WRAPS UP HOMESTEAD, Fla., (February 4, 1999) - Team KOOL Green drivers Raul Boesel and Dario Franchitti concluded two days of practice at the Miami-Homestead Speedway, finishing 8th and...

BOESEL 8th AND FRANCHITTI 17th AS CART SPRING TRAINING WRAPS UP

HOMESTEAD, Fla., (February 4, 1999) - Team KOOL Green drivers Raul Boesel and Dario Franchitti concluded two days of practice at the Miami-Homestead Speedway, finishing 8th and 17th respectively at CART Spring Training in preparation for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series.

Canadian Patrick Carpentier maintained his position as the fastest driver in the open test session with a lap of 24.962 seconds for an average speed of 216.617 mph. His teammate Greg Moore was second fastest with a time of 25.055 (215.813 mph). Jimmy Vasser rounded out the top three with a time of 25.106 (215.375 mph).

Boesel turned his best lap in 25.439 seconds (212.556 mph), while his teammate Franchitti managed his way around the 1.5-mile oval in 25.754 (209.956 mph). Boesel and Franchitti will represent Team KOOL Green at the season-opener on March 21, as Paul Tracy serves a one-race suspension handed out by CART officials at the end of last season.

RAUL BOESEL, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (8th with a lap-time of 25.531 / 211.790 mph)

"We had another very productive day today and I'm really starting to gel with the Team KOOL Green guys. We tried some new tweaks on the car and did some full tank runs. But we mainly concentrated on getting the car comfortable for long runs like in the race. Now we just need to work on our qualifying setup."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (17th with a lap-time of 25.754 / 209.956 mph)

"We seemed to be chasing the track today but we did manage to make some gains. We're still not where we need to be but we're a lot better than yesterday. We've found a balance for the KOOL car. It's not a good balance, but at least we've got a balance, and when we do something to the car now, something happens. We're basically where we needed to be at the end of yesterday. We're a day behind right now, but we've got a couple of days of testing here in March and I think we'll be where we need to be for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Raul Boesel , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Greg Moore