CHAMPCAR/CART: U.S. 500 Team KOOL Green Friday report

TRACY THIRD FASTEST IN PRACTICE AT THE U.S. 500 BROOKLYN, Mich., (July 24, 1998) - Paul Tracy was only 0.518 seconds off the track record today in practice at the Michigan Speedway, while preparing for qualifying tomorrow and the U.S. 500 on ...

TRACY THIRD FASTEST IN PRACTICE AT THE U.S. 500

BROOKLYN, Mich., (July 24, 1998) - Paul Tracy was only 0.518 seconds off the track record today in practice at the Michigan Speedway, while preparing for qualifying tomorrow and the U.S. 500 on Sunday. Tracy powered his KOOL-Reynard Honda around the 2-mile super-speedway oval in 31.200 seconds at 230.769 mph.

Only Adrian Fernandez and Michael Andretti were faster than Tracy in today's practice. Fernandez was fastest in the morning session with a lap of 31.034 seconds at 232.004 mph. Andretti, meanwhile, had the quicker car in the afternoon, reaching 231.051mph to complete the oval in 31.162 seconds. Tracy's teammate, Dario Franchitti, was 15th in combined practice with a lap of 31.530 seconds at 228.354 mph.

Tomorrow's single-car qualifying session begins at 12:00 noon ET. The U.S. 500 begins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ABC-TV.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (3rd with a lap-time of 31.200 seconds at 230.769 mph)

"The car is working very well - it feels really good out there (on track). We've got a handle on the balance, the Team KOOL Green crew is confident and I feel good. Now we just need to maintain this level of intensity tomorrow in qualifying."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (15th with a lap-time of 31.530 seconds at 228.354 mph)

"It's a little bit frustrating right now. We're getting there little by little. Sometimes it takes more than one day to find your way. But I'm confident that Don (Halliday, chief engineer) and the Team KOOL Green guys will give me a great car. We'll try again tomorrow."

NAOKI HATTORI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN LOLA (PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP): (Qualified 18th with a lap-time of 40.138 seconds at 179.381 mph)

"I'm not sure why we were slower in qualifying than we were in practice. I was flat all the way around the track. I'm very comfortable in the car; it is very stable - maybe too stable. If we change anything for the race, it might be the engine."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti