TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE BUDWEISER/G.I. JOE'S 200 WHAT: Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 - Round 8 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: June 18 - 20 WHERE: Portland, Oregon PAUL TRACY, ...
TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE BUDWEISER/G.I. JOE'S 200 WHAT: Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 - Round 8 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: June 18 - 20 WHERE: Portland, Oregon
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 20th / Finished 28th at Portland in 1998 ; 8th in the PPG Cup standings with 36 points)
"Now is not the time to smell the roses in Portland. Getting my first win for Team KOOL Green at the last race in Milwaukee has given me a big boost. It seemed to lift a weight off my shoulders. I was really happy for a couple of hours after the race. But then I started to think about what I need to do to win in Portland.
"I feel good about the car on road courses, so I'm looking forward to the race. I feel Portland is a track that we go to that's very, very high speed. We run very little down-force. It has some fast, technical corners; so obviously, you need good mechanical grip because you have so little downforce on the car. Dario and I both tested there and we both went really quick. We're looking forward to getting out there because I feel like we've got a good shot at it. It will be a fuel-mileage and tire-wear race, because of the low downforce level that we run. So saving fuel and conserving the tires will be critical. You do not want to make an extra stop."
DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 2nd / Finished 21st at Portland in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 71 points)
"I've been quick at Portland both times I've raced there, but I've never actually finished the race. Both times I've been involved in other people's accidents. So it's been particularly frustrating there. But, I'd say Team KOOL Green goes there with optimism. When Paul (Tracy) and I tested here, he was very, very fast. We were doing a lot of different development work at the test, so we're still very optimistic we can do the job.
"I like the circuit; it's got a nice flow to it, but it's very physically demanding. All the drivers find it one of the toughest tracks. Turn 5 is a long, long right-hander and it's especially tough on driver's necks. Particularly since it is one of the first road courses we race on this year. Everybody is used to the ovals with their head pads on. Then you come to the road course at Portland and its pretty physical. So you've got to have been in the gym for awhile to be comfortable going around there."
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JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (16th in standings with 11 points)
"I'm very happy and excited to be heading into the road racing portion of the season. I'm certainly more adept to racing on road and street circuits than the ovals. I'd never even seen an oval prior to last year, but I've learned a lot about them since then. Now, though, I'm looking to score some points to get back into the championship. We were on top of the time sheet when we tested at Portland, so I'd say there's good reason to be optimistic. It's a great track and I certainly plan on getting the job done for Team KOOL Green there."