Team Kool Green ready to run on Vancouver streets. Vancouver, British Columbia - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to the streets of Vancouver this weekend with hopes of earning their fifth 1-2 finish as TKG teammates...
Team Kool Green ready to run on Vancouver streets.
Vancouver, British Columbia - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to the streets of Vancouver this weekend with hopes of earning their fifth 1-2 finish as TKG teammates and their first since Vancouver 2000. In 2000 the Team KOOL Green duo dominated the Vancouver event by capturing both front row spots during qualifying and then went on to earn the top two positions in the race. Both drivers are now looking to add points to their 2002 Championship efforts. Franchitti currently sits in third place in the CART driver standings with 64 points while Tracy, who finished third in Cleveland two weeks ago is eleventh with 50 points.
26 - Paul Tracy
(Started 8th / Finished 25th in Vancouver in 2001; currently 11th in the standings with 50 points)
"Vancouver may not be my hometown but obviously racing in Canada is very important to me. It's always great to see how packed the grandstands are and how totally into the whole weekend the fans are. Vancouver is one of Canada's most beautiful cities and the track is challenging. Chassis setup is really important on street courses, you want to get maximum downforce in the higher-speed portions of the track but you've got to get a balance, street courses tend to be slick and you've got to find mechanical grip. Team KOOL Green set up an awesome car for me in Toronto and I'm really confident that we've got a good handle on how the Lola will perform in this type of setting. Having won in Vancouver before, I'm ready to do it again. Then I'll get together with friends on Sunday evening and have a party."
27 - Dario Franchitti
(Started 19th/ Finished 9th in Vancouver in 2001; currently 3rd in the standings with 64 points)
"Vancouver is a great place and I really enjoy going there. I had a lot of fun in the city with Greg Moore and it's almost bittersweet to go back because he's not here anymore. But I do remember the good times we had in Vancouver, we always have a party on Sunday night in his memory. As far as the track is concerned, Paul and I finished 1-2 in 2000 and I'm sure that Team KOOL Green can be successful there. We can get up to 190 mph between Turns Five and Six and it's an interesting course to drive. It's also really great to race in front of the Vancouver crowd. They appreciate racing so much and it's a lot of fun to do well for them."
Barry Green - Team Owner
"We're certainly hoping to repeat the 1-2 finish we achieved in Vancouver in 2000. Both Paul and Dario have won this event (Paul won in 2000, Dario won in 1998) and they have a lot of confidence on this type of course. Team KOOL Green has learned a lot about how the Lola behaves on street courses and I'm sure we'll be able to maximize our potential this weekend. It should be a good race."
Dario Franchitti, Paul Tracy and the entire Team KOOL Green staff have been going non-stop since returning from Japan in late April. Besides being busy with activities in Indianapolis during the entire month of May, following this weekend's Molson Indy Vancouver the team will have raced seven out of the last nine weekends. The CART FedEx Champ Car schedule can be grueling for all involved and finding downtime can be nearly impossible. Dario however will manage to sneak in a quick break. He'll take the week off following the Vancouver race and head home to Scotland. He says he's looking forward to seeing friends and family and get a taste of his mother's great cooking.
Both Paul and Dario are record holders in Vancouver. In 2000 Paul won the race (Dario finished second) and set the track's race record, while Dario, who qualified on pole (Paul was second quickest) set a record qualifying time. It's interesting to note that Dario was 88/1000ths of a second quicker than Paul during that qualifying session. What does that mean in terms of distance between the cars? Well if you lined both cars up side by side, you'd find that the nose of Paul's racecar was 16.6 inches behind the nose of Dario's!