CHAMPCAR/CART: Texas Tracy and Franchitt qualify 10th and 16th

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 28, 2001) - Team KOOL Green teammates Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will line up 10th and 16th, respectively, for tomorrow's 600K (250 laps) Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tracy posted a lap of 23.097...

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 28, 2001) - Team KOOL Green teammates Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will line up 10th and 16th, respectively, for tomorrow's 600K (250 laps) Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Tracy posted a lap of 23.097 seconds (230.991 mph) while Franchitti's lap was 23.165 (230.313 mph). Pole position went to Kenny Brack, who has raced at TMS five times during his IRL career. Brack's fast lap was 22.854 seconds (233.447 mph), around the 1.5-mile oval. Patrick Carpentier (22.864 / 233.345) and Oriol Servia (22.900 / 232.978) round out the top three.

There will be a 30-minute warm-up for Champ Cars tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. with the Firestone Firehawk 600 scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. (All times are Central Daylight Time.)

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(10th with a lap time of 23.097 seconds / 230.991 mph)

"We expected to qualify at about that speed. The KOOL car is well balanced and behaved in the draft, so we'll be okay for the race. It's going to be a tough, tough race. At these speeds and with this high-banking, the G forces tattoo you to the seat in the turns. It's a long race, so we'll just try to be patient and conserve the equipment as long as we can and go for it at the end."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(16th with a lap time of 23.165 seconds / 230.313 mph)

"The reason we struggled a little in qualifying is because we were scrubbing off too much speed in the corners, and that's not because of understeer but due to the banking - it just sucks the speed out of the car. We've struggled with that all weekend. But the qualifying car (setup) and the race car are different. It's all about one thing for qualifying: trimming the drag out of the car and freeing it up as much as possible. Whereas with the race, we're going to need some grip and downforce back in the car. I'll sit down with the Team KOOL Green engineers tonight and try to figure out what we'll need for the race. The key to this race is going to be to survive 600K without incident and make sure you're up near the front."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Oriol Servia , Kenny Brack