VANCOUVER, B.C., (Sept. 5, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti is hungry for another victory after claiming the pole position for tomorrow's 90-lap Molson Indy Vancouver with a lap-time of 1:04.130 and an average speed of 101.157 mph.
VANCOUVER, B.C., (Sept. 5, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti is hungry for another victory after claiming the pole position for tomorrow's 90-lap Molson Indy Vancouver with a lap-time of 1:04.130 and an average speed of 101.157 mph. Franchitti won his first Champ Car race two weeks ago at Road America and today collected his fourth pole of the season.
Franchitti was 0.088 seconds quicker than Bryan Herta, who earned a front row start with a time of 1:04.218 (101.218 mph). Points leader Alex Zanardi was third fastest, making his way around the 1.8-mile circuit in 1:04.420 (100.702 mph). Greg Moore completes the outside of row two, while Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti will share row three.
Paul Tracy, meanwhile, was seventh fastest in his KOOL Reynard-Honda with a time of 1:04.679 (100.298 mph). Tracy enjoyed his best qualifying effort, since starting fifth on the grid in Cleveland.
Tomorrow's race begins at 1:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live in Canada on CBC, while ESPN will carry the race via tape-delay at 5:00 p.m. ET.
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (1st with a lap-time of 1:04.130 seconds at 101.157 mph)
"Everything is clicking for Team KOOL Green right now. It's a great feeling to be on the pole again. Although, I was worried someone might beat my time after I flat-spotted my second set of tires going into Turn 1. It was my fault; I was trying really hard. But the time held up and I've got another shot at the pole award money, which the Team KOOL Green guys told me I had to win. We'll take care of that tomorrow."
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (7th with a lap-time of 1:04.679 seconds at 100.298 mph)
"It was a great qualifying session for us. I had a good run on the first set of tires and that gave us a solid baseline. I had a strong lap going on the second set and then got blocked. I tried to recuperate on the next lap, but the best of the tires were gone. It's a decent starting position and it's a long race with a lot of walls and a lot of place to make mistakes. If we drive a clean race, we can be on the podium."
BARRY GREEN, OWNER of TEAM KOOL GREEN:
"I'm really pleased with the way the whole weekend has gone. In fact, it probably all started with two good days of testing at Laguna Seca last weekend. We came here with what we thought was a good setup and just chipped away at it. It wasn't perfect. It just shows you what a team effort it was. Both drivers and both teams contributed a lot."