CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake Team KOOL Green Race Report

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., (July 11, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti had a rough race at today's running of the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America. Tracy finished 11th to pick up two championship points, while Franchitti did...

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., (July 11, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti had a rough race at today's running of the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America. Tracy finished 11th to pick up two championship points, while Franchitti did not finish and was classified 18th.

Christian Fittipaldi earned his first career Champ Car victory, taking the checkered flag first by 1.060 seconds over his teammate Michael Andretti. Adrian Fernandez started fifth, but worked his way up the leaderboard to finish third.

Franchitti and Tracy were both racing in the top-five at times today before each driver experienced boost problems. Franchitti pitted to examine the problem after the 34th lap, but he did not leave the pit again. Tracy, meanwhile, was down on boost after his first pit stop. He was running in fourth place when he was forced into the pits to fix a broken rear wing on lap 47. He returned to the race to finish 11th.

Juan Montoya still leads the PPG Cup standings with 113 points. Montoya earned a single point for most laps led, but did not finish today's race. Andretti moves into second place with 95 points, dropping Gil de Ferran to third with 87 and Franchitti to fourth with 85. Tracy remains eighth overall with 60 points.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 9th / Finished 11th ; Currently 8th in the PPG Cup standings with 60 points)

"I had a real lonely race. We were down on boost after the first stop. I was getting away from the guy behind, but I was unable to stay with the guy in front of me. I was getting through corners well, but not down the straights. That was hurting us, but fourth place was on the table. We were just going to try to bring the car home after the third stop. I happened to look in the mirror on the back straight and the rear wing was folded down. I was going to stay out, but CART called me in when my rear wing broke. It had collapsed. Then we couldn't get the wing off and we went down a lap.

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 7th / DNF - Classified 18th ; Currently 4th in the PPG Cup standings with 85 points)

"The Team KOOL Green car was perfect, the fastest car out there until the mechanical problem. I think it was a turbo problem, we had a couple of misfires three or four laps before I came in. Everyone on Team KOOL Green is working hard and has been doing a super job all season. It's a real shame we're having problems beyond our control. Once our luck changes, we'll start winning races."

KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE

Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney started 11th, but he did not make it past the first corner in today's 17-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race. Jean-Francois Veilleux spun and made contact with Gurney on the approach to the first turn.

Andrew Bordin enjoyed a 0.913-second margin of victory for his second career win in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. Buddy Rice finished second - his third straight podium finish - while Bordin's teammate, points leader Anthony Lazzaro, was third.

Lazzaro now leads Rice by a 99-74 points margin. Tagliani is third with 70 points. Bordin's victory moved him into seventh in the standings with 41 points.

ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (Started 11th / DNF - Classified 26th; Currently 12th in the standings with 17 points)

"I had an okay start. The start was really jumbled as it usually is. I was pretty much going to hold my spot. When I was preparing to turn into the first corner, J.F. (Jean-Francois Veilleux) had spun on the inside of me. I was the first one he collected. It was a very short day and it was very disappointing, especially with all the work Team KOOL Green did in getting ready for this race. Now, we'll just look forward to the next race at Trois-Rivieres."

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Gurney , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Anthony Lazzaro , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin
Teams HART