CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy, Franchitti Cleveland Friday notes

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti placed 4th and 5th, respectively, in their Team KOOL Green Honda-Reynards, following today's two practice sessions for the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland. Tracy and Franchitti both posted their...

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti placed 4th and 5th, respectively, in their Team KOOL Green Honda-Reynards, following today's two practice sessions for the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland.

Tracy and Franchitti both posted their fastest laps during the afternoon session, as did most of the field. Tracy's quick lap was 129.871 mph / 58.378 seconds, while Franchitti ran 129.640 mph / 58.482 seconds.

Cristiano de Matta led the first day's practice with a fast lap of 130.392 mph / 57.905 seconds. Helio Castroneves came in second (130.096 mph / 57.961 seconds) and points leader Kenny Brack was third (130.036 mph / 58.304 seconds).

Champ Car drivers have a final practice session Saturday morning from 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. The cars will be split into two groups for qualifying, with the first group out from 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. and the second out from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday's 100-lap Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland begins at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), and will be televised live on ABC.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(4th with a lap-average speed of 129.871 mph / 58.378 seconds)

"I think we've got a pretty good car. I knew the Team KOOL Green car was fast, but I wasn't sure how our time would hold up because everybody was out on new tires at the end of the session. We were saving tires for the race and to fine-tune our qualifying setup tomorrow. We'll have two sets of tires to use and a lot of other people will only have one. Here in the home of rock and roll, you've got to carry a lot of rhythm around this place. You've got to keep your speed up, because the corners are all fast. If you lose your speed, it kills the whole lap."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(5th with a lap-average speed of 129.640 mph / 58.482 seconds)

"The car's OK, but we're still working with it. We've definitely improved it since this morning and we're just sort of building our confidence level over the bumps. They can be painful; I've got a hell of a sore head. But I think I can attack the bumps a bit more and get some more speed out of the car. We're struggling a bit with our straight-line speed today, so the Team KOOL Green crew is investigating that. The car was quite good straight off and we went a bit the wrong way this morning with our set up, but we got back to where we were running good and we just need to make that one last step and we'll be ready for qualifying."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack