CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green seeking repeat win in Cleveland. CLEVELAND - Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti will attempt to earn his second victory in a row on the spectacular Burke Lakefront Airport temporary road course in downtown Cleveland this ...

Team Kool Green seeking repeat win in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND - Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti will attempt to earn his second victory in a row on the spectacular Burke Lakefront Airport temporary road course in downtown Cleveland this weekend as the CART FedEx Championship heads to the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After being shut out of the points last week in Toronto, Franchitti, along with teammate Paul Tracy will be looking to resume their climb up the CART drivers' standings.

The Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland also marks the fourth of six events at which TKG will raise funds for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program. (See TKG Notebook below).

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE
Started 26th / Finished 24th in Cleveland in 2001; currently 10th in the standings with 36 points)

"I look forward to the wide-open running in Cleveland, there are plenty of passing opportunities and I've had great success in the city. I hope that we can get another win there and add points to our championship run for Team KOOL Green. From a fan's perspective, there's not a bad seat in the whole house. I think it's probably the only road course in the world where you can see the who track from any seat in the grandstands."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE
Started 14th / Finished 1st in Cleveland in 2001; currently 3rd in the standings with 64 points)

"It's kind of unusual to be able to land my airplane on the racetrack. Last year was great for us. I have a lot of good memories coming back. It is a great course because you can really pass here. Turn One is always an adventure; cars try to go in there ten wide. It's an exciting place because the fans get to see the whole track. It's a place Team KOOL Green really likes to go to race."

BARRY GREEN - TEAM OWNER

"It's great for Team KOOL Green to be going back to Cleveland as defending champion (Dario won the event in 2001). It's interesting for us because Paul, Dario and Michael (Andretti) are the only three active CART drivers that have won at this event. Cleveland is a very bumpy track and shock set up is extremely important. And of course it's a race that can't be won at the first corner although many have tried. Paul and Dario have enough experience here to keep it clean at the start and if everyone else cooperates, we should have an interesting race."

TKG NOTEBOOK

This weekend's race on the airport race track in Cleveland marks the fourth time this season that Team KOOL Green will use its pit stop expertise to raise money for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program. So far this season TKG has donated $48,000 to the 100. The monies raised, along with last year's contribution of nearly $75,000, is being used to place computers in homes and establish urban centers across the U.S., providing an opportunity for young adults to benefit from computer training and career opportunities.

As the defending champion of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, TKG's Dario Franchitti arrives in town for this weekend's CART race with his sights clearly set on becoming the first back-to-back winner of Grand Prix of Cleveland since Alex Zanardi earned two victories in a row in 1997 and 1998. At last year's race Franchitti started from the 14th position, but fell to last on track after going off-course on the first lap to avoid a multi-car accident in Turn One. His run for the checkered from the back of the field was one of the high points of the Scot's 2001 racing season.

- TKG -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi