Short afternoon for Team Kool Green. LEXINGTON, Ohio - It was a short summer afternoon for Team KOOL Green today, as both Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti experienced mechanical problems and retired early from the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.
Short afternoon for Team Kool Green.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - It was a short summer afternoon for Team KOOL Green today, as both Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti experienced mechanical problems and retired early from the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Paul Tracy had advanced to seventh from his ninth-place grid position and was running a comfortable race pace when the #26 car slowed on the back straight on lap 22. Franchitti's problems came just 16 laps later while running eighth, when he lost power in the #27 car coming through the Carousel and slowed to a stop near the entrance to the pits.
Patrick Carpentier scored his third career win and his second of 2002, with Christian Fittipaldi finishing second. TKG technical partner Michael Andretti completed the podium in third.
Cristiano da Matta continues to lead the FedEx Championship with 122 points after 11 of 19 races, followed by Patrick Carpentier (95) and Bruno Junqueira (86). Dario Franchitti sits fourth with 84 points and Paul Tracy is eighth with 68.
Next stop on the CART FedEx Championship Series schedule is the Molson Indy Montreal, August 25.
Dario Franchitti - #27 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"I don't know what happened. We were just on the radio discussing pit stops and I was telling the crew that was about the pace I could run at that point. All of a sudden the engine cut off coming out of Turn Nine and the first thing I checked was the ignition switch, but that wasn't it. The championship is still within reach, but it's getting more difficult. We didn't have the car in qualifying to get us up front but the race car was pretty good. I feel bad for everybody. The Team KOOL Green guys worked hard trying to sort the car out this weekend and it would have been nice to get a good finish."
Kyle Moyer - Team KOOL Green Team Manager
"We needed to do well in these four races (in a row), we need to finish and we need to get points and here we are without any. The car was running pretty good. We were making up time and were up to eighth and I think we could have gotten a couple more positions, maybe finished fifth or sixth. I was pretty happy with the way things were going, especially after qualifying. Now we're going to have to go win some races."
Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"I'm not sure what happened. I was on the back straightaway and the KOOL car just made a huge backfire on a shift and after that it barely had enough power to make it back to the pits.
I was just running the pace, saving fuel behind Michael (Andretti) and waiting for the pit stop. I guess we'll have to wait and see what attrition does in terms of the point standings."
John Anderson, Team KOOL Green Race Consultant
"It looks like something happened with the engine. We're not quite sure what it was but it was pretty obvious we couldn't continue. It's an unfortunate deal because Paul was comfortable with the car and when he's comfortable we're looking real good. We're halfway into the season and we need to finish each race with points so this has left us behind a little. But there are plenty of tracks coming up that Paul likes."