CICERO, Ill. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to the Target Grand Prix of Chicago hoping to add the maximum donation to the funds for the 100 Black Men of America urban technology program. The partnership between...
CICERO, Ill. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to the Target Grand Prix of Chicago hoping to add the maximum donation to the funds for the 100 Black Men of America urban technology program.
The partnership between TKG and 100 Black Men of America is a program designed to increase access to computers, technology and training in urban communities. TKG will offer financial donations to the 100 Black Men of America's urban community technology program based on race performances by Tracy and Franchitti at five events this year, including this weekend in Chicago. The program began at Detroit in June, and total contribution to date stands at $35,564.81. 100 Black Men of America is a group of concerned African Americans whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community through their collective resources, ability and experience.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
Started 7th / Finished 19th at Chicago in 2000; currently 8th in the standings with 52 points)
"The track is pretty quick down the straights, then you jump on the brakes, grab the gears, and turn left. Team KOOL Green has done a great job on the short ovals set up all year -- we were strong at Milwaukee and finished third at Nazareth -- so we should be good at Chicago, too. It's really close racing, and you just have to watch out for traffic. It's a race that hasn't been too good to me. We've had good cars there but no luck.
"We've got extra motivation this weekend with Chicago being part of our 100 Black Men of America program. Dario's win in Cleveland was a big boost for the program. We're due for a win and this would be a great place to do it."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 11th / Finished 20th at Chicago in 2000; currently 2nd in the standings with 81 points)
"We've run well in Chicago, and I finished second there in 1999. Iain (Watt, chief engineer) won there last year (with Cristiano da Matta) so I'm hoping for great things from him with regards to the setup of the car. It's a different wing spec this year, obviously, but I'm confident Team KOOL Green will give me a good car. I'm looking forward to it. We've run very well overall on the ovals this year, pace-wise. Add a bit of luck there and we could have a good day.
"Our win in Cleveland was worth a $10,000 bonus to the 100 Black Men of America and I'd like to do the same thing this weekend in Chicago. That would be the ultimate win-win situation. Another big donation to the program and a bunch of points for the championship."
This weekend's Target Grand Prix of Chicago will mark the third time this season that Team KOOL Green will donate funds for every lap completed by drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti to 100 Black Men of America. The funds will be used by 100 Black Men of America to support their efforts in urban centers to connect young adults over 21 with new information and communication tools to make a positive impact in their communities, including access to the Internet, new computer technology, and skills training. The TKG program, which was launched at the Detroit Grand Prix, has so far raised $35,564.81, including the $18,881 earned at Cleveland following Dario Franchitti's impressive win. The amount included a $10,000 bonus that was donated to the 100 by TKG for Dario's victory. Besides this weekend's race, TKG will also donate funds to the 100 at Houston as well as Fontana, California.
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