CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: TKG drivers ready for take-off

CLEVELAND, OH., (June 29, 2000) - Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport is often one of the most competitive races of the season. It's a fast, demanding track but the flat, spacious runways and ample runoff areas provide many opportunities for ...

CLEVELAND, OH., (June 29, 2000) - Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport is often one of the most competitive races of the season. It's a fast, demanding track but the flat, spacious runways and ample runoff areas provide many opportunities for overtaking. The race is mentally and physically draining on the drivers. It is usually hot on race day and the track is bumpy between the taxiways and the runways. TKG drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti offer their thoughts on this weekend's race.

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 8th / Finished 4th at Cleveland in 1999 ; Currently 3rd in the standings with 59 points)

"A racing season has its peaks and valleys and we’ve been going through some tough times the last few races. It’s the type of thing that tests your resolve and your patience, but you’ve got to work your way through it. I have no doubt that we’re going to put everything together and return to the success Team KOOL Green had earlier in the season.

"I like our chances to start turning things around in Cleveland. I still have fond memories of winning there in 1993, in my first season in the CART series, and I’ve had some pretty good races there over the years. One thing’s for sure, there’s loads of room for passing on the Burke Lake Airport track, and we’re going there with the intention of making things happen."

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 10th / Finished 25th at Cleveland in 1999 ; currently 10th in the standings with 44 points)

"I get the feeling that as long as we continue to hang in there and keep working hard, Team KOOL Green is going to get some breaks. We weren’t lucky last Sunday in Portland, when contact on the first lap set us back. But we managed to keep our composure, pick up a few points and build some momentum for Cleveland. With only three points separating the Nos. 6 through 10 drivers in the standings, any points you can collect are big right now.

"We ran into some bad luck in Cleveland last year with a throttle problem that ended our race. But we got to the podium there the year before (3rd place), so we do have some success in Cleveland. Being a fan of rock music, it’s always fun to go to the city that has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But Team KOOL Green wants to do some rocking of its own by getting back into the winner’s circle at the Grand Prix of Cleveland."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy