Franchitti, who was fastest on Friday, was among the front-runners during the entire session, but had his quickest lap thwarted due to a red flag that stopped the session. Tracy went off course in both his primary car and then his backup car, and...
Franchitti, who was fastest on Friday, was among the front-runners during the entire session, but had his quickest lap thwarted due to a red flag that stopped the session. Tracy went off course in both his primary car and then his backup car, and was never able to turn a quick lap.
Helio Castroneves will start from the pole after turning a lap of 114.908 mph / 1:13.499. Rookie Bruno Junqueira lines up second (114.780 mph / 1:13.581) and Gil de Ferran is third (114.647 mph / 1:13.666).
CART Champ Car drivers have a 30-minute morning warm up tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., with the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. ABC will televise the race live. (All times are Eastern Daylight Time.)
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(23rd with a lap of 111.806 mph / 1:15.538)
"I just had a bad day. When I went off the first time, I was going for a fast lap and lost the rear, it snapped back and hit the wall on the other side of the track. On the second one, it was the first time I'd been out in the (backup) car this weekend, it wasn't set up the same (as my primary car) and I just struggled and spun.
"We've got a big day ahead of us tomorrow and it's going to be a very hard race, starting where we are (23rd). But it's a long race and a lot can happen. Don't count out Team KOOL Green."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(4th with a lap of 114.093 mph / 1:14.024)
"With a little luck, I really think we'd have put the Team KOOL Green car on the pole. I was on a flyer - we were a good half a second up (on his fastest lap) coming out of Turn 7 - when that last red flag came out. So I think we were more than good enough for the pole. It's very frustrating and it's just typical of the luck we've had this year. The good news is that we've got a good car for the race and I know I can win from fourth - I did in '99."
TKG PARTNERS WITH 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA: Team KOOL Green will donate $117 per lap completed by Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti in tomorrow's race to 100 Black Men of America, in a partnership announced on Thursday. TKG will also donate a $10,000 bonus for a race win and $20,000 for a 1-2 TKG finish. The program will be repeated in four additional races this season - Cleveland, Chicago, Houston and Fontana, with a total potential donation of $283,000. 100 Black Men of America is a group of concerned African Americans whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community. The money will be used to increase access to computers, technology and training in urban communities. For further information visit the TKG web site at www.koolracing.com.
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