CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy, Franchitti Nazareth qaulifying

NAZARETH, PA. - (May 5, 2001) - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will start eighth and 12th respectively for tomorrow's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. Tracy posted a fast lap of 20.148 seconds (169.029...

NAZARETH, PA. - (May 5, 2001) - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will start eighth and 12th respectively for tomorrow's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway.

Tracy posted a fast lap of 20.148 seconds (169.029 mph) during single car qualifying while Franchitti marked a 20.201seconds (168.586 mph). Saturday's qualifying period began with the threat of rain, but both Team KOOL Green drivers qualified late in the session under sunny skies and hotter track temperatures.

Rookie Bruno Junqueira will start from the pole position after setting the day's fastest time of 19.700 seconds (172.873 mph). Kenny Brack was second quickest with a 19.738 (172.540 mph) while Michel Jourdain Jr. was third with a 19.950 (170.707 mph).

Tomorrow's 225-mile Champ Car race is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised live on ABC.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(8th with a lap-time of 20.148 seconds / 169.029 mph)

"I'm a little disappointed with our run today. The weather changed quite a bit from the beginning to the end of qualifying - the sun came out and it got quite a bit hotter. We were kind of set up for the cooler conditions. I checked with Dario (Franchitti) and Michael (Andretti) after they went out and they had understeer. We were already committed to our setup, and I had understeer. This is a hard track to pass on; you've got to qualify pretty well. But we're starting where we're starting - we can't change it now. I'm sure Team KOOL Green will have good race strategy, we always get good fuel mileage with the Honda, hopefully I can pass a few guys early and we'll see what happens."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(12th with a lap-time of 20.201 seconds / 168.586 mph)

"We made two mistakes: One that I can tell you about, and that is we just had too much understeer in the KOOL car. I think we just tricked ourselves with the other one (mistake). It really wasn't a bad run. I had understeer through Turn Two on the first lap, and in Turn Three on the second lap - I went in there a bit too quick, as well. Tomorrow's race is going to be as difficult as ever. I'd have liked to be starting further up the grid. From where we are, we're really going to have to dig to get to the front."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain