TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE CLEVELAND GRAND PRIX WHAT: Medic Drug Cleveland Grand Prix - Round 9 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: June 25 - 27 WHERE: Cleveland, Ohio PAUL TRACY, ...
TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE CLEVELAND GRAND PRIX
WHAT: Medic Drug Cleveland Grand Prix - Round 9 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series
WHEN: June 25 - 27
WHERE: Cleveland, Ohio
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 5th / Finished 19th at Cleveland in 1998 ; 8th in the PPG Cup standings with 46 points)
"Cleveland is a fun race for me, not only because of the track but because of the city itself. There's a lot to see and do. It's always been a great sports city with the Indians, Cavaliers and with the Browns coming back. I also love going to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame or hanging out in The Flats to watch the boats pass by.
"As for the race and the track, I like it a lot because I like a fast track with good passing opportunities. You certainly get that at Cleveland. Though we can't test there, we know Team KOOL Green has got a good road course car. Dario and I showed that last weekend at Portland (Paul finished 5thand Dario finished 3rd). The keys to doing well at Cleveland are really no different than any other race. You've got to have a well-balanced car, take care of your tires and have good pit stops. It's probably going to be very hot, so there could be a lot of attrition. As strong as we're running right now, I think that plays into our hands."
DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 2nd / Finished 3rd at Cleveland in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 85 points)
"I finished third here last year, so obviously I'm hoping to improve upon that. Besides I've already finished third three times this season. It's my time to get my first win of '99 for Team KOOL Green. We've been doing well by scoring points consistently in the championship race. With that said though, I truly want to stand on the top spot of the podium.
"I really enjoy racing on the runways at Cleveland. There are a lot of opportunities to pass on this circuit, especially on the first corner of the first lap. There's so much room going into Turn 1 that you can have four or five cars side by side when the green flag drops. You're constantly pushing yourself in this race, so it can be physically demanding. It's also usually hot enough to fry an egg on the runway. There's no shade to speak of. We'll be sucking back the fluids this weekend."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (14th in standings with 19 points)
"I thought the ways things were going in Portland last weekend that Team KOOL Green was going to enjoy its first Indy Lights win of the season. We managed to qualify the car on the front row, but we didn't get a good start in the race. We did finish sixth however and it counts as another lesson learned towards my development. I certainly feel that as a team we turned a corner. I fully expect to be near the top of the time sheets in Cleveland and on top of the podium after the race."