TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MILLER LITE 225 PAUL TRACY, ...
TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MILLER LITE 225
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 14th / Finished 7th at The Milwaukee Mile in 1998 ; 13th in the PPG Cup standings with 16 points)
"The Milwaukee Mile is without a doubt one of my favorite race tracks. It's got a lot of history, and I always seem to run well there. I've led every race I've ever run there and won it back in '95. Milwaukee has always been one of the better tracks for passing, but with the smaller wings this year we'll have to wait and see. I haven't tested there with the new wings, so we're not really sure what the car will be like. We'll be learning session by session. The weather is always a variable at Milwaukee; it can be freezing cold or blazing hot. One thing is for certain, in addition to having a strong car and being fast all day, you've got to have great pit stops. Fortunately, the Team KOOL Green crew is among the best in the business."
DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 6th / Finished 4th at The Milwaukee Mile in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 64 points)
"I had one of my most enjoyable races last year at Milwaukee. Our goal is to score as many points as possible and to try to take over the championship lead (Juan Montoya leads Franchitti 69-65). We had a very productive test at Milwaukee, so we're happy with the baseline setup that we have. We did some long runs and we're reasonably confident that we know what the Team KOOL Green car is going to do during the race. We've been very strong on ovals (3rd in Miami, 2nd in Brazil, 3rd in St. Louis), especially compared to this time last year. Passing is going to be difficult though, due to the new smaller wing configuration. The track has a great history; you can really sense it when you walk in the place. One of my countrymen, Jim Clark, won a race there in the sixties (1963). The city is quite fun. It's enjoyable to go downtown and hang out on the waterfront."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (7th in standings with 6 points)
"I'm just happy to get back to racing, especially after such a long time in between races. I've been eager to get back out there again (Kane's last race was at Nazareth, May 2). We've been testing and we had a decent test at The Milwaukee Mile earlier this month. It's another oval, of course, and I'm starting to get comfortable with the idea of running around in circles. Really, all it takes is some good two-way communication between myself and the Team KOOL Green engineers. By working well together we should have a good car this weekend."
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (14th in standings with 7 points)
"I'm really eager to race at The Mile because I see it as a chance to rebound from St. Louis. We had a good start at Gateway, but we fell back throughout the race. We think there was a small problem with the engine towards the end of the race. So, I hope to rebound for Team KOOL Green at Milwaukee. My Dad tells me that it's the second oldest race track in the country. It's always nice to race at a place like that with such a long history and join the list of great drivers that have raced there. After Milwaukee it's on to Montreal and back to some road racing, which I'm really looking forward to."