CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 2, 2001) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti scored an impressive win yesterday in the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland to earn $18,881 for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program. The victory was worth a...
CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 2, 2001) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti scored an impressive win yesterday in the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland to earn $18,881 for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program. The victory was worth a bonus of $10,000, in addition to $8,881 paid for laps completed by Franchitti and teammate Paul Tracy. The funds will assist the 100 Black Men of America in providing increased access to computers, technology, and training in urban communities.
Through their partnership with 100 Black Men of America, Team KOOL Green, with funding provided by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, the team's principal sponsor, provides financial donations for each lap completed and overall race performances by Tracy and Franchitti in FedEx Champ Car events. The funds will be used by 100 Black Men of America to support their efforts in urban centers to connect young adults over 21 with new information and communication tools to make a positive impact in their communities, including access to the Internet, new computer technology, and skills training.
Sunday's win was hard-earned. Franchitti started 14th, but fell to 22nd after going off-course on the first lap to avoid a multi-car accident in turn one. He worked his way to 12th place and then emerged from the first round of scheduled pit stops in fifth. Following the second round of stops, excellent pit work by the Team KOOL Green crew advanced Franchitti two more positions to third. He took the lead on lap 91 when leader Memo Gidley had to make a third pit stop for fuel. Franchitti finished the race just .305 seconds ahead of Gidley.
"It felt really good to be back in the victory lane and I'm very happy to be able to share my success with the 100 Black Men of America organization," said Franchitti. "I'm quite proud of the Team KOOL Green crew, they really put forth a tremendous effort. We almost scored the win and $10,000 bonus in Detroit (finished second), and this time we got the job done."
In addition to amounts donated by TKG for each lap completed by Franchitti and Tracy (minimum of $10,000 per race), the team also offers a $10,000 bonus for a race win and $20,000 for a 1-2 TKG finish. The program kicked off in Detroit on June 17, and will be in effect at four additional FedEx Championship Series events - Cleveland, Chicago, Houston and Fontana, Calif., located just outside Los Angeles.
Yesterday's contribution brings the total funds donated to the 100 Black Men of America's urban community technology program to $35,564.81 after two races.
100 Black Men of America is a group of concerned African Americans whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community. For further information visit the TKG web site at www.koolracing.com.
DATE.......VENUE....LAP DONATION...BONUS....TOTAL DONATION
June 17 Detroit.......$16,683.81......N/A......$16,683.81 July 1 Cleveland.....$ 8,881.00....$10,000....$18,881.00
TOTAL TO DATE: $35,564.81
UPCOMING: July 29 - Chicago, Oct. 7 - Houston, Nov. 4 - Fontana