TORONTO, Ontario (July 17, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start from the front row at the 95-lap Molson Indy Toronto for a third consecutive year. Franchitti, who had won the pole in Toronto the past two years, qualified second...
TORONTO, Ontario (July 17, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti will start from the front row at the 95-lap Molson Indy Toronto for a third consecutive year. Franchitti, who had won the pole in Toronto the past two years, qualified second to Gil de Ferran. Paul Tracy will start sixth on the grid behind the wheel of the #26 KOOL car.
De Ferran earned the sixth pole of his career in winding his way around the 1.721-mile, 11-turn street course. He replaced Franchitti atop the leaderboard late in the session and set a new track record in the process with a time of 57.143 seconds (110.566 mph). Franchitti was just 24-hundreths away from the pole time with a lap of 57.383 seconds (110.102 mph). Michael Andretti, meanwhile, posted the third best lap of the day with a lap of 57.649 seconds (109.594 mph).
Tracy, a native of Toronto, powered around the track in 57.804 seconds (109.300 mph). Starting on the outside of row three is his best qualifying effort in Toronto since starting fifth in 1994. In 1993, he started second, led 54 laps and won the race.
Tomorrow's schedule has the 27-car field back on track for warm-up at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with the green flag falling at 2:00 p.m. Sunday's race will be broadcast via tape-delay on ABC-TV at 3:00 p.m. ET.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (6th with a lap-time of 57.804 seconds / 109.300 mph)
"The KOOL car was good in qualifying, but we just couldn't get the time out of it. I was a little disappointed with the way we qualified because I was hoping to get into the top-three. I'm sure Dario is disappointed as well, but we're happy to be in the third row. It's good to be on the outside and we'll probably be able to pick up a couple of spots on the start. We'll slot in, be patient and look to pick up another spot or two in the pits. I think we have as good a chance as anybody. We just need to be consistent all day tomorrow.
"Having won here before, it would be huge to win again. It's my home race. My focus though is to finish in the top-five. The guy I'm chasing next in the points is Fernandez and he has qualified (23rd) way down. So with a good finish tomorrow, we can gain some serious ground on him."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (2nd with a lap-time of 57.383 seconds / 110.102 mph)
"It's a little disappointing in the fact that it's always nice to get the pole. I thought the KOOL car was capable of it, but I was having a little bit of trouble committing to the braking in some areas. Mind you, we haven' t had too much luck when we had the pole here the last two years. So, we'll try a new position on the front row this year and see if our luck improves tomorrow. It'll be the third time this year that I've started second (started 2nd in Long Beach & Brazil). I also finished second in those races. So, I'll be looking to remedy that with my first win of the season."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - FINAL QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane will start from seventh on the grid for tomorrow's 43-lap race on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Geoff Boss won the pole with a lap of 1:04.437 seconds (98.049 mph). Airton Dare will start alongside Boss after posting a lap of 1:04.459 seconds (98.016 mph). Kane, meanwhile, was 0.415 seconds off of the pole time. His best lap around the 1.721-mile street circuit was 1:04.852 seconds (97.422 mph).
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (7th with a lap-time of 1:04.852 seconds / 97.422 mph)
"We've got a problem getting the car balanced - there's too much understeer going into the corners. We certainly don't want it to get any worse during the race. That could make it really difficult towards the end of the race. So we'll have to dial that out in tomorrow's warm up and see if we can get the balance better."
"We were a bit unfortunate that when we put our second set of tires on, we only got one fast lap before the red came out. It's hard to get the ultimate time out of the tires again if you don't get them on the first run. We possibly could have picked up two or three positions. But we'll just have to see what we can do tomorrow."
EDDIE JONES, Race Engineer, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20
"We just haven't got the car quite right yet. There's a bit too much oversteer on the entry to the corners, and that's costing Jonny time. If we could put our finger on it, then we'd be okay. So we'll take a look at the data, see what we can come up with and hopefully have a good race car. I'm very disappointed for Jonny - not with Jonny. He did all he could. He deserves better than that."