CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Cleveland preview

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti move into Cleveland this weekend hoping for good results, and to add some more funds to the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program, as the CART FedEx Championship ...

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti move into Cleveland this weekend hoping for good results, and to add some more funds to the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program, as the CART FedEx Championship Series heads to Burke Lakefront Airport for the 20th anniversary running of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland.

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 Cleveland. The program began at Detroit in June, and total contribution to date stands at $16,683.81. 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 17th / Finished 19th at Cleveland in 2000; currently 9th in the standings with 40 points)

"The Cleveland track suits my style, it's fast. Team KOOL Green has given me fast cars everywhere we've been this year but we haven't been able to score as many points as we've needed to. This is also the second race in our 100 Black Men of America fund-raising program so we will also be working hard to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Cleveland is very wide with a lot of opportunities for passing, which is something we don't see every weekend. The track is tough on the car though, and the gearbox is always a problem because you use all the gears in the course of a lap. I'm really looking for a good, strong run in Cleveland to build momentum as I head back to my hometown of Toronto."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
Started 8th / Finished 13th at Cleveland in 2000; currently 6th in the standings with 45 points)

"Team KOOL Green has momentum from the last couple of races and I'm excited about coming to Cleveland to keep it going. It is a tough track to find the correct setup because it is so fast and bumpy, plus there are very few points of reference for the driver. We'll be working all weekend to make the car as good as possible and having three teams contributing information will help tremendously. Being part of a three-car program should give us an advantage."

<pre> WHERE: Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio

WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 2001

TV SCHEDULE: Saturday, June 30 (All times EDT) Qualifying 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Sunday, July 1 CART 2Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Race 1:00 p.m. ABC

WEEKEND SCHEDULE: (All times local)

Friday, June 29 11:45 - 1:45 Champ Car Practice 3:45 - 5:30 Champ Car Practice Saturday, June 30 9:45 - 11:15 Champ Car Practice 1:45 - 2:15 Champ Car Qualifying Group 1 2:30 - 3:00 Champ Car Qualifying Group 2 Sunday, July 1 9:00 - 9:30 Champ Car Warm Up

1:00 Champ Car Race

-TKG-

Contacts:

- KOOL Media Korner216/781-1626 - Carol M. Wilkins, 317/872-2700, ext. 241, cwilkins@teamgreenracing.com - Tom McGovern, 317/872-2700, ext. 264, tom.mcgovern@teamgreenracing.com - Ed Nicholls, 727/433-2481, ehnicholls@mindspring.com - Judy Townsend, 607/732-7910, jltown@aol.com

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