CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Toronto Preview

WHAT: Molson Indy -- Round 11 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: July 17 -19, 1998 WHERE: Exhibition Place -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MOLSON INDY PAUL TRACY, ...

WHAT: Molson Indy -- Round 11 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series

WHEN: July 17 -19, 1998

WHERE: Exhibition Place -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MOLSON INDY

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (Started 14th / Finished 10th at Toronto in 1997; Currently 13th in PPG Cup standings with 32 points)

"This race couldn't be coming at a better time. I need to have a good race and I always like racing in Toronto, especially since I have friends and family there. We've been real competitive on the road and street circuits recently, so it's up to me to stay focused and get the job done."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (Started 1st / Finished 26th at Toronto in 1997; Currently 6th in PPG Cup standings with 64 points)

"I won the pole at Toronto last year and obviously I'd like to do that again -- but win the race this time. You never can tell how you're going to go at a place until you roll off the truck and see where you are relative to the other teams. But I've got faith that Don (Halliday, chief engineer) and the rest of the Team KOOL Green guys will give me a good setup and we'll go from there. I like driving the Toronto circuit. It's very challenging to do a good lap there. I also like the city of Toronto. It's got a very European flair to it and I enjoy going out on the town there."

NAOKI HATTORI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN LOLA (PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP): (Started 15th / Finished 6th; Currently 15th overall with 26 points)

"I've always done well on street circuits and I had my best finish -- third place -- at Long Beach this season. We've qualified well at all the street and road courses this season. But we need to also have good races. Toronto was one of my better races last year, so I'm looking forward to the weekend."

MATT SIELSKY, #16 LCI SWIFT-TOYOTA (KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP): (Team Green Academy Class of '96/'97 graduate racing at Toronto for the first time; Currently 6th overall with 53 points)

"I've only raced on street circuits twice, but I like them. I raced on the streets of Long Beach in the rain earlier this year and at St. Petersburg last year in Formula 2000. All of the tracks are new to me this season and you can't test on street circuits, so they help level the playing field for me. Except for the guys who've raced in Toronto before, no one will have experience there."

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