CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green turns up the heat in Chicago. CHICAGO -- Team KOOL Green looks to continue its strong performance on the oval tracks this season as Milwaukee winner Paul Tracy and teammate Dario Franchitti, runner-up in Chicago in 1999, both...

Team Kool Green turns up the heat in Chicago.

CHICAGO -- Team KOOL Green looks to continue its strong performance on the oval tracks this season as Milwaukee winner Paul Tracy and teammate Dario Franchitti, runner-up in Chicago in 1999, both seek their first win at the 1.029-mile Chicago Motor Speedway. This weekend's CART Grand Prix of Chicago is the last oval race on the FedEx Championship Series calendar until September, when the series heads to Europe. The event is also the third of six at which TKG will raise funds for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program, continuing the partnership launched in 2001 (see TKG Notebook below).

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/LOLA/BRIDGESTONE
(Started 22nd / Finished 12th In Chicago in 2001; currently ninth in the standings with 32 points)

"Chicago hasn't been too good to me over the years. But with Team KOOL Green's new Lola and the success we've had on the ovals, with a win in Milwaukee and a strong showing in Motegi, hopefully we can come into Chicago with the right balance on the car and get the win here. We like racing in Chicago, we've had strong support from the fans and it's an important market to race in. One of Team KOOL Green's other sponsors, Klein Tools is based here so in a way it's a home race for us and we want to do well here. We're looking forward to getting back in the Winner's Circle like we did in Milwaukee."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/LOLA/BRIDGESTONE
(Started 10th/ Finished 15th at Chicago in 2001; currently fourth in the standings with 49 points)

"I think everyone at Team KOOL Green is looking forward to going back to an oval. We've had some good runs with the Lola on the ovals so far; hopefully this weekend will be no different and we'll be able to challenge for the win in Chicago. Now that the crew has several races under its belt with the new car, the learning curve isn't as steep at this point. With this event scheduled as a two-day race weekend, we're going to have to come out of the transporter with a fairly good car. The time is limited and we'll need to be ready once we arrive."

BARRY GREEN - Team Owner
"We've been making good progress with the development of the Lola chassis and with the success Team KOOL Green has had on the ovals this season, I'm confident that we will be a serious contender for the win in Chicago. We still have more than half of the season left to race and we have every reason to believe that both Paul and Dario are very much in the running for the championship. The whole team is working very hard right now. We expect to arrive in Chicago extremely prepared for this two-day event."

TKG NOTEBOOK

This weekend's CART Grand Prix of Chicago marks the third time this season that Team KOOL Green will use its pit stop prowess to earn much needed funds for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program. A month ago TKG donated $24,000 to the 100 Black Men of America after both TKG drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti were able to complete three pit stops each in under 12 seconds at The Milwaukee Mile. The amount was padded with a $10,000 bonus for Tracy's victory at the event. So far this season the team has donated $38,000 to support the 100's efforts to increase access to technology in urban communities. TKG will also use its pit stop performance at Cleveland, Miami and Fontana this season to raise additional funds for the 100 Black Men of America program.

Two weeks ago TKG driver Dario Franchitti earned a third place finish in Portland. The finish marked the Scotsman's 28th trip to the podium since joining the CART FedEx Championship in 1997, and includes 7 career victories in the series. Teammate Paul Tracy, who began racing Champ Cars in 1991, has been on the podium a total of 45 times including trips for an impressive 19 Champ Car wins.

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti
Teams ART Grand Prix