IRL: Indy 500: Team Green "Carb Day" notes

Team Green 7-Eleven looks good in final Indy 500 practice. Indianapolis, May 23 - Team Green 7-Eleven drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti ran their Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestones through an uneventful but productive Carburetion Day practice...

Team Green 7-Eleven looks good in final Indy 500 practice.

Indianapolis, May 23 - Team Green 7-Eleven drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti ran their Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestones through an uneventful but productive Carburetion Day practice for Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500. Tracy, who will start 29th in Sunday's race, posted a time of 223.561 mph., good for 15th best time of the day. Franchitti, who will start his first Indy 500 from the 28th spot, was twenty-first on today's speed chart with a best lap of 222.320 mph.

As he has been throughout practice and qualifying, Tracy was pleased with #26 Team Green 7-Eleven entry's race set-up.

"This month we just haven't had the outright speed for qualifying but in race trim the car is pretty good," he said. "We posted a good speed today and I think we are looking good for the race. The car has good balance."

Perhaps today's most significant development was the fact that Tracy experienced trouble with an engine sensor and so was limited to 19 laps during the two hour session. The good news is the problem happened on Carburetion Day rather than in the race. What's more, Tracy's mechanics traced and fixed the problem.

In contrast, Franchitti had a trouble-free day, running 31 laps in the #27 Team Green 7- Eleven Dallara-Chevrolet in what was another in his long list of learning experiences in his first Indianapolis 500. After coping with rain and unseasonably cool temperatures most of the month, Carburetion Day brought temperatures of nearly 80 degrees and gusty winds.

"Experiencing all the different weather conditions this month gives us a broader band of knowledge to work with on race day," said Franchitti. "Today's conditions were difficult, it was warm and the car tends to lose grip, plus the wind was blowing it around. It was difficult today from a driver's perspective, but for the fans the weather was magnificent."

With Carburetion Day under his belt, Franchitti is cautiously optimistic about the race.

"I think we've got the car right but I'm not sure because this is my first Indy 500," he said. "We still have a couple of tweaks to make to the Team Green 7-Eleven car before the race but we know what our battle plan is so we'll see. Firestone has done a good job with the tires, we may have a little more tire wear than before but I know they have a handle on it."

With the last practice in the books, Team Green 7-Eleven will focus on final preparations over the next two days in order to be fully ready when the green flag waves for the start of the 86th Indianapolis 500. The race will be broadcast on ABC television with the start scheduled for 11 a.m. (CST) on Sunday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti