Team KOOL Green announced today that Dario Franchitti -- as well as his teammate Paul Tracy -- will be returning to the team next year. Franchitti, who recently tested in England with Jaguar's Formula One Racing Team, has elected to return to...
Team KOOL Green announced today that Dario Franchitti -- as well as his teammate Paul Tracy -- will be returning to the team next year.
Franchitti, who recently tested in England with Jaguar's Formula One Racing Team, has elected to return to Team KOOL Green for the 2001 season.
Tracy, a two-time winner in 2000 and currently sixth in the CART point standings, has signed a contract with the team which will carry him through the 2005 racing season.
"The signing of Paul Tracy to a long-term contract and attracting Dario Franchitti to remain for another year were both made possible by a long-term deal provided to the team by the principal sponsor, KOOL," said owner Barry Green.
Franchitti, a 27-year-old native of Edinburgh, Scotland, has been in CART since 1997 and with Team KOOL Green since 1998. He has six Champ Car series wins and nine career poles. He had an outstanding season in 1999 with a series-high 11 podium finishes, including three wins -- Toronto, Detroit and Australia -- and joined Tracy on the CART All-Star Team. He tied for the 1999 season championship with 212 points but lost the title on a tie-breaker.
Franchitti's 2000 season was dealt a setback before it even began, when he suffered a fractured pelvis and hip in a testing accident at CART Spring Training on February 11. Now he is back to his best, having earned his first pole position at Road America and having qualified in the top five in seven of his last nine races.
"[I am] glad to be back with the people who gave me the opportunity to win races, contend for the championship and have some fun while doing it," said Franchitti. "I appreciate the faith that Barry (Green) and KOOL have in me and I plan to get on with the business of winning races for them."