CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kook Green Mid-Ohio engine test report

Team Kool Green and Dario Franchitti complete Honda test at Mid-Ohio INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti and Team KOOL Green finished their final road course test of 2002 on Tuesday, May 21, at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Franchitti,...

Team Kool Green and Dario Franchitti complete Honda test at Mid-Ohio

INDIANAPOLIS - Dario Franchitti and Team KOOL Green finished their final road course test of 2002 on Tuesday, May 21, at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Franchitti, driving a Lola for only the second time, completed 235 trouble-free miles during the two-day test on Monday and Tuesday, with his best lap at 65.8 seconds. Joining Team KOOL Green at the test were Champ Car drivers Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, Mario Dominguez and Michel Jourdain, Jr.

Team KOOL Green worked with Honda to complete a checklist of developmental tests. The team ran with a general setup on the #27 Honda/Lola/Bridgestone focusing more on the engine developments than on the chassis setup.

"This was a good test," said Franchitti. "Our lap times don't indicate how well we were running because we were testing things that would apply throughout the year and not just at Mid-Ohio. You can tell Honda has done its homework, the engine was incredible. We weren't going for speed, even though I think we could have gone really quick. I like the Lola chassis. Obviously one test doesn't make a season but the car's balance seemed to suit my driving style.

"I also want to give a lot of credit to the Team KOOL Green crew," Franchitti continued. They have been working hard and have done a great job building the Lolas. They've had a lot of stuff on their plates lately and we came here and ran flawlessly for two days. That just shows you how good these guys are."

The #27 Team KOOL Green crew now heads back to its Indianapolis shop to finalize preparations for Round 4 of the CART FedEx Championship Series at The Milwaukee Mile on June 2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Michel Jourdain