CHAMPCAR/CART: TKG Nazareth Friday notes

NAZARETH, PA. - (May 4, 2001) - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti placed 7th and 13th, respectively, today following the first two practice sessions for the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. Tracy toured the ...

NAZARETH, PA. - (May 4, 2001) - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti placed 7th and 13th, respectively, today following the first two practice sessions for the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway.

Tracy toured the 0.946-mile oval in 20.941 seconds for an average speed of 162.628 mph, posting his fastest lap in the afternoon session. Franchitti's best lap came during the morning run, at 21.142 seconds (161.082 mph).

Rookie Bruno Junqueira led the day with a fast lap of 20.485 seconds (166.248 mph). Max Papis was second at 20.653 seconds (164.896 mph) with Helio Castroneves third at 20.680 seconds (164.681 mph).

Champ Cars will divide into two groups for a pair of 45-minute final practice sessions tomorrow from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Single-car qualifying is scheduled for 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (All times are Eastern Daylight Time.)

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(7th with a lap-time of 20.941 seconds / 162.628 mph)

"The track is really slippery, but I think that has a lot to do with the heat today. I did a long run to get used to the race balance. We'll work on a qualifying setup on the KOOL car tomorrow morning and see what we can do about getting a good starting position. This track is so tight that passing is difficult, so it's important to qualify well. The conditions are supposed to be a lot different tomorrow, so we might have a whole new ball game."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(13th with a lap-time of 21.142 seconds / 161.082 mph)

"This morning we had a pretty good session and I felt like we were improving the car. Then this afternoon, whatever we did we couldn't find the right balance. We got stuck between the qualifying balance and race balance, which really didn't do us any good. On new tires, I couldn't get a good time out of the car. And on the longer runs, we couldn't get keep the rear under the car. I think Team KOOL Green knows what to do, we just need to go one way or the other."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti