FONTANA, California -- Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to the CART FedEx Championship Series season finale in Fontana hoping to add the maximum donation to the funds for the 100 Black Men of America urban technology ...
FONTANA, California -- Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to the CART FedEx Championship Series season finale in Fontana 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 is offering financial donations to the 100's program based on race performances by Tracy and Franchitti at five events this year, including this weekend in Fontana. The program began at Detroit in June, and total contribution to date stands at $64,470.31. 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(Started 9th / Finished 24th at Fontana in 2000; currently 13th in the standings with 73 points)
"It's been a tough year, but I guess if we end up only winning once race, Fontana is the one to win. It would be a good way to end the season for everybody at Team KOOL Green, and there are a million great reasons why everybody wants to win at Fontana so the racing will be flat-out, no-holds-barred. It's a tough 500 miles and my luck this year hasn't been the best, so survival is the most important thing. Fontana is also our last race this year to raise money for the 100 Black Men of America program, so a good finish would mean a lot for them, too."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD
(Started 7th / Finished 23rd at Fontana in 2000; currently 6th in the standings with 105 points)
"I certainly wouldn't mind ending the season with a million-dollar check, but this is one you'll really have to earn. Fontana is a big, fast track and 500 miles there really can take a toll on equipment. Team KOOL Green has given me great cars at all the oval races this year, so I think my chances to do well this weekend are maybe the best I've had. We've been on the verge of that first oval win for some time now, and it would be a fantastic way to finish off the year - and set the tone for next year. We're also raising money for our partnership with 100 Black Men of America, and earning another win bonus for them, like we did in Cleveland, would make for a great day."
KYLE MOYER - TEAM MANAGER
"This is going to be a tough week for the crew. The guys have to change the cars over from a road course configuration to a superspeedway car almost overnight, two setups that couldn't be any more different. A 500-mile race is hard to start with and when there is limited time to prep the cars it just makes it even more of a challenge. It is going to take a great team effort for us, but that's what Team KOOL Green is all about - pulling together and getting the job done."
This weekend's 500-mile finale in Fontana marks the fifth and final time this season that Team KOOL Green will donate funds to 100 Black Men of America for laps completed by drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti. The funds will be used by the 100 to support their efforts in urban communities 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, launched at the Detroit Grand Prix, has so far raised $64,470.31, including a $10,000 bonus donated to the 100 by TKG for Dario's victory in Cleveland. The team also raised funds for the 100 in Chicago and most recently, Houston.
Working with Dontà Bell, CEO of Learning Anytime, and Darian Dash, CEO of DME Interactive Holdings, the 100 is placing computers in urban centers and homes across America, and has established the 100 Black Men University, an online, affordable learning center that offers over 500 low cost courses to adults in urban communities.
<pre> WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, California
WHEN: Sunday, November 4, 2001
TV SCHEDULE: (All times EST) Sunday, November 4 Qualifying 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. ESPN2 CART 2Day 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. ESPN2 Race 3:30 p.m. ESPN
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: (All times local - PST) Friday, November 2 9:45 - 11:30 Champ Car Practice 2:00 - 3:15 Champ Car Practice Saturday, November 3 8:00 - 9:00 Champ Car Practice 11:15 - 1:15 Champ Car Qualifying Sunday, November 4 9:00 - 9:30 Champ Car Warm Up 12:30 Champ Car Race