Franchitti fastest in Chicago test

Dario Franchitti was fastest in the first of two test days at Chicago Motor Speedway, on a day where two different wing packages were tested in order to determine the spec aero package for the race to be held there. Franchitti posted fastest time, ahead of his arch rival of 1999, Juan Montoya

Franchitti fastest in Chicago test

Team, KOOL Green's Franchitti was pleased with the results, which decided that the Handford Mk I wing would be the one used.

"I thought it was a great idea to run both sets of wings, otherwise you don't really get a true judgement," said Franchitti. "I thought the downforce level was pretty good, but for me, turbulence was still a bit of a problem. Overall, the car feels very good. We're not really going for times here. We're playing it reasonably conservative and trying to work through a few things, but overall, the team was happy."

"I thought it was good that the teams decided to use the big wing package," added Montoya. "Personally, I like that wing package a lot better. I thought the car was a lot more stable through the corners. Overall, we were only able to run about 20 laps on the wings that we'll use in the race, but you always try to learn a few things every time on the track."

Toyota were well represented, with Montoya scoring second fastest time and Christiano da Matta of PPI Motorsports fourth. They were split by Detroit winner Helio Castroneves in the Penske run Reynard Honda.


Chicago times
Franchitti 22.876
Montoya 22.932
Castroneves 23.048
da Matta 23.056
Tracy 23.081
Brack 23.118
Papis 23.199
Servia 23.420
Marques 23.649
Blundell 23.708
Fernandez 23.797
Kurosawa 23.913
Nakano 24.258
Tagliani 24.585
de Ferran 24.728
Fontana 24.749
Fittipaldi 24.786
Andretti 24.818
Fernandez 24.837
Jourdain Jr 25.409

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