CHAMPCAR/CART: Team KOOL Green Nazareth Preview



PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 10th / Finished 5th at Nazareth in 1998 ; 18th in the PPG Cup standings with 2 points)

"Nazareth has been very good to me over the years (victories in '94 & '97 and poles in '96 & '97), but I hope it's not too cold on race weekend like last year or like at the testing we did in March. One -- I live in Vegas now for a reason. Two -- cold temperatures mean more time to get your tires up to temperature. Team KOOL Green needs all the track time at speed we can get because of the new wing configuration. With less downforce, there's not as much grip." (CART has mandated a low downforce "speedway" wing configuration on all domestic oval tracks in 1999.)

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 17th / Finished 21st at Nazareth in 1998 ; 5th in the PPG Cup standings with 30 points)

"I really want a strong result for Team KOOL Green at Nazareth this year. As I said in the pre-season, scoring points on a consistent basis is what it 's going to take to win the championship. So far, I've been on the podium in two out of the three races, and that's our goal at Nazareth. Nazareth though, it's really tricky. You can't approach it like a true oval. It's a bit like a miniature road course; all of the corners are different and you' ve got the elevation change going down into Turn 3 and back up through Turn 4. Plus, with the rule changes to the wings, you have to be extremely careful because there's less grip. I'm sure my engineer Don Halliday and I will be working right up until the race trying to balance the car in the new low-downforce trim."

PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (11th in standings with 6 points)

"The one-mile ovals like Nazareth present an enormous challenge for a guy like me who never even saw an oval circuit until last year, much less raced on one. After finishing seventh in my first oval race at Homestead, I think I know what to expect. The lap-times will be a lot quicker than Homestead and during the race, traffic will come up on you a lot faster. My Team KOOL Green mates Paul and Dario have been great in helping me learn the new tracks this season and I'll be looking to them again throughout the weekend. One thing at a time though, first we must qualify well. I have a lot of confidence in my engineer Eddie Jones and the Team KOOL Green crew. We'll need a fast race car and I'm sure that they can deliver it for qualifying and the race."

KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship

ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift:

"I'm eager for my first shot at racing on an oval. Many more experienced drivers have told me that oval racing is a lot like black magic. It's certainly not an exact science because you're going a lot more on feel and nerve. I'm glad that all of the Team KOOL Green drivers are competing at Nazareth. I'll definitely be looking to get some tips and hopefully a few secrets from a guy like Paul Tracy. He knows his way around this oval better than anyone."

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Paul Tracy