CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Houston preview

HOUSTON - Team KOOL Green heads to the streets of Houston this weekend determined to score their third win in four years at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix and earn the maximum contribution for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology ...

HOUSTON - Team KOOL Green heads to the streets of Houston this weekend determined to score their third win in four years at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix and earn the maximum contribution for the 100 Black Men of America's 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 Houston. The program began at Detroit in June, and total contribution to date after three races stands at $52,177.81. 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
(Started 9th / Finished 4th in Houston in 2000; currently 10th in the
standings with 76 points)

"The streets of Houston have been pretty good to Team KOOL Green over the years and I hope it turns out that way again this weekend. We've had good cars and bad luck this year, but I think we've got a good shot at success here. This is also the fourth race (of five) where we're raising money for the 100 Black Men of America, so it would mean even more if we do well. Dario and I have both won here before, and we finished 1-2 in 1999, so it could be a nice donation for the 100 on Sunday."

DARIO FRANCHITTI
(Started 2nd / Finished 25th in Houston in 2000; currently 6th in the
standings with 89 points)

"Qualifying up front and avoiding mistakes is the key to success in Houston. You have to be on the top of your game at a street circuit like this because it challenges you on every lap. Team KOOL Green has had a lot of success on the streets of Houston and I've qualified in the front two rows every year. So maybe we can turn our luck around and come out of Houston with a great finish. Another win this season would be great not only for the team, but it would also mean a nice bonus contribution to the 100 Black Men of America program."

This weekend's Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston marks the fourth 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 $52,177.81, which also includes a $10,000 bonus that was donated to the 100 by TKG for Dario's victory in Cleveland in early July. The team also raised funds for the 100 in Chicago. Besides this weekend's race, TKG will run in support of the 100 at the season finale in Fontana, California.

Both Dario and Paul are looking forward to running in Houston. Dario won the inaugural race here in 1998 and then the duo returned in 1999 to claim a 1-2 finish, this time with Paul Tracy capturing the top honors.

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti