CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Vancouver Preview

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MOLSON INDY VANCOUVER WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver - Round 16 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: September 3 - 5 WHERE: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada PAUL TRACY, ...

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MOLSON INDY VANCOUVER

WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver - Round 16 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series

WHEN: September 3 - 5

WHERE: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 7th / Finished 11th at Vancouver in 1998 ; 4th in the PPG Cup standings with 122 points)

"I'm a little frustrated to come away from Chicago with no points, but we've picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and we'll be ready to go strong at Vancouver. I may have been born and raised in Toronto, but the fans in Vancouver always make me feel right at home.

"I'm confident that we have a good shot at a podium finish and I'll get the chance to wave the Canadian flag like in Toronto. Team KOOL Green has been dominant on the street circuits for the past two seasons, so I know Dario and I can expect to be up front. Plus, don't forget that we've finished 1-2 at the last two street races in Toronto and Detroit. This time, I'd like to reverse roles with Dario and get the victory for myself. I definitely need to win some races to get back into the championship race with Juan [Montoya] and Dario. We'll need to qualify well to be in contention on Sunday because there aren't many opportunities to pass in Vancouver."

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 1st / Finished 1st at Vancouver in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 168 points)

"What a pay day! Vancouver was a magical race last year, both for myself and for the guys at Team KOOL Green. To win a race from the pole position is always rewarding, but when nobody had done it in so long, the feat took on extra significance. And I'm not simply talking about the money [Franchitti collected a $330,000 bonus pole award and another $100,000 for the victory. first driver to win from pole since Alex Zanardi in Cleveland July 13, 1997]. That victory proved that winning the previous race at Road America - my first one ever in CART - was no fluke. Above all else, I think it signaled to everyone in CART that Team KOOL Green had arrived. We became the team to beat as the season ended. The difference this year is Paul and I are always in contention to win a race and now we're in a championship fight all the way to Fontana."

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ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (12th in standings with 24 points)

"Heading to Vancouver and back into Canada has me pretty excited. So far this year, I've had my best results for Team KOOL Green in Canada, finishing fifth in Montreal and seventh in Three-Rivers. Both of those were street races and so is Vancouver. I enjoy the street circuits and always seem to run well on them. We've been competitive at the few we've done this season. And we've done some testing that has really improved the car on the street courses. Two out of the last three races are on streets, so I'm hoping for a strong finish. It'll be my first trip to Vancouver, but I've heard it kind of has the Long Beach-type atmosphere, so it should be a fun weekend."

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Zanardi