CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy, Franchitti Michigan Friday notes

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti posted the 5th and 19th fastest laps, respectively, during today's two practice sessions for Sunday's Michigan 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Both drivers were ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti posted the 5th and 19th fastest laps, respectively, during today's two practice sessions for Sunday's Michigan 500 at Michigan International Speedway.

Both drivers were concentrating on race setup today rather than outright speed for qualifying. Each posted his fast lap during the afternoon session, with Tracy turning a quick lap of 224.474 mph / 32.075 seconds and Franchitti running 222.037 mph / 32.427 seconds.

Teammates Kenny Brack (226.351 mph / 31.809 seconds) and Max Papis (226.038 mph / 31.853 seconds) posted the top two times of the day, with Patrick Carpentier placing third (225.585 mph / 31.917 seconds).

Champ Car drivers have one final practice session tomorrow from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., before single-car qualifying begins at 12:00 p.m.

Sunday's 250-lap Michigan 500 begins at 1:30 p.m. (EDT), and will be televised live on ABC.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(5th with a lap-average speed of 224.474 mph / 32.075 seconds)

"We were working mostly on our race setup today, and we'll focus on qualifying tomorrow morning. The Team KOOL Green crew gave me a good setup right off the transporter. We worked a lot on downforce and we found a setup that's good in traffic. We didn't get too much done this morning because the session was shortened, but we made good progress this afternoon. We're still not exactly where we want to be for the race, but we're definitely on the right track."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(19th with a lap-average speed of 222.037 mph / 32.427 seconds)

"Like most people, we were really concentrating today on getting the car balanced in traffic and finding our race setup. We're pretty close to getting it right. We've got a couple of areas we need to work on, particularly an imbalance in one corner. But we improved the car in the second session and the KOOL car is behaving in traffic about the way we expected. Our biggest challenge right now is adjusting to the changing track conditions. The ARCA cars have put down a lot of rubber that isn't compatible with ours. But they'll race tomorrow and by race time, it shouldn't be a problem. I'd like to have been a little quicker today, but I didn't get one of those monster tows."

- TKG -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack