CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Team KOOL Green Friday Qualifying Report

TORONTO, Ontario (July 16, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti broke his own track record in winning the provisional pole for the Molson Indy Toronto. Franchitti's old mark on the 1.721-mile temporary street circuit was 58.618 seconds ...

TORONTO, Ontario (July 16, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti broke his own track record in winning the provisional pole for the Molson Indy Toronto. Franchitti's old mark on the 1.721-mile temporary street circuit was 58.618 seconds (105.694 mph) when he won the pole last year. In today's qualifying, he improved upon his record by 0.667 seconds with a lap of 57.951 seconds (109.025 mph).

Paul Tracy also bettered the existing track record in his #26 KOOL Honda-Reynard, as did six other drivers behind Franchitti. Tracy was fourth fastest with a lap of 58.377 seconds (108.228 mph). Michael Andretti was third quick with a time of 58.279 seconds (108.410 mph), while Gil de Ferran was second fastest with a time of 58.091 seconds (108.760 mph).

Tomorrow's schedule has the 26-car field back on track for final practice at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with qualifying beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET. 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: (4th with a lap-time of 58.377 seconds / 108.228 mph) "I'm pretty happy with the KOOL car because it's handling really good. We took this session really casual. We started on full tanks, taking our time. We put up our quick time towards the end of the session when our tank was light. I feel pretty relaxed. My engineer Tony Cicale has me really laid back. I feel ready for this weekend. There's a lot less pressure here this year, now that I'm driving much better than last year. It's a good first day to build on for tomorrow. The track will be better tomorrow, so we'll need to improve the car for tomorrow. The track should have more grip tomorrow and we're hoping to improve the grip level of the car with some changes to the suspension. Hopefully, there will be no rain."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (1st with a lap-time of 57.951 seconds / 109.025 mph) "The track will be faster tomorrow, which is one of the reasons we came in early. It's pointless to go out on track and ruined a set of tires for the sake of being the quickest today when it doesn't really mean that much. I think we're so quick because the team did a fantastic job. We had a couple of issues with the car this morning. However, the guys with Team KOOL Green did a great job and they have the car working quite well. Their hard work was vital in helping me to better my qualifying record when I won last year' s pole. But, we're not happy yet because we'll have to go faster tomorrow."

PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING

Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane was third in provisional qualifying for the 44-lap race on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Kane posted a quick time of 1:05.170 seconds (96.946 mph) on the 1.721-mile temporary street circuit, despite serving a pit violation. Geoff Boss, meanwhile, won the provisional pole with a lap of 1:04.649 seconds (97.728 mph). Felipe Giaffone was second fastest with a time of 1:05.170 (96.978 mph).

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (3rd with a lap-time of 1:05.170 seconds / 96.946 mph) "I did quite a few laps on the first set of tires because I wasn't happy with the car and I wanted to save the second set for when the car was right. We made a few changes, got the Team KOOL Green car where we thought we needed it and put on the second set of tires. Then when I went back out I got a penalty for leaving the pit lane incorrectly (he crossed the yellow line on the exit), so I had to do a drive-through penalty. That cost us a lap, but I don't think it really hurt us that much. I put in several good laps and the third one was my best. The car felt pretty good - much better than this morning. We still need to work on the rear end a little bit; try to get it better under control. It's so close. We're third, but we could easily be seventh or so. We'll have to go faster tomorrow, that's for sure."

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Jonny Kane , Geoff Boss