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TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE HONDA INDY 300 WHAT: Honda Indy 300 - Round 19 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: October 15 - 17 WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Australia PAUL TRACY, ...

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE HONDA INDY 300

WHAT: Honda Indy 300 - Round 19 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: October 15 - 17 WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Australia

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 4th / Finished 23rd at Surfers Paradise in 1998 ; 3rd in the PPG Cup standings with 155 points)

"I can't wait to get to Australia and get back in the KOOL car. When things are going as well as they are for us - especially on the street circuits - all you want to do is race, race, race. There's no reason we can't get another Team KOOL Green 1-2 on the streets of Surfers Paradise. It would be great to do that for Barry, it being his home race and all. It would also mean that Dario would still be fighting for the Championship going to Fontana. I won at Surfers in '95 and qualified fourth last year, so we're thinking about another win. I know that we have all the ingredients to do it. We've got a great team, a good baseline setup and the best technical package with Honda, Reynard and Firestone tires."

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 1st / Finished 2nd at Surfers Paradise in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 187 points)

"We're fighting for a Championship at Team KOOL Green and that is more than enough to keep us focused on the job at hand, which is getting the most out of the car and the team every time we go out on track. I can't think of a better circuit to be heading to than Surfers Paradise. We ran very well there last year and we've only improved ourselves and the car since then. We 'll be playing it pretty smart with our strategy, you can count on that. But, as well, I think we're in a position where we can go for it a little bit. We're not interested in finishing second in the race or the Championship. "I'm looking forward to the sun and sand of Surfers Paradise. Like a lot of drivers, it's my favorite city on the circuit. The organizers do an outstanding job of promoting the event and they arrange some pretty fun things for us to do."

BARRY GREEN, Team KOOL Green Owner:

"Team KOOL Green's drivers, as well as both crews are on top of their games right now. I couldn't be happier or more confident at the moment. We're still in contention for the Championship with Dario, Paul won the last race in Houston and I'm heading home to Australia. Being an Australian and with several Team KOOL Green crew members from that part of the world, we like to think that we have a home field advantage at Surfers Paradise. Besides, it's another street course - the kind of circuit where Paul and Dario have been most dominant this season. Assuming all goes well, I wouldn't be surprised to have them both on the podium again."

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