CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Kool Green race report

Tracy posts eighth place finish in Denver. DENVER, Colorado - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy may have jumped two places in the CART FedEx standings as a result of his eighth place finish in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver, but for the ...

Tracy posts eighth place finish in Denver.

DENVER, Colorado - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy may have jumped two places in the CART FedEx standings as a result of his eighth place finish in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver, but for the veteran Canadian driver, the move up the championship ladder provided no reason for celebration. Tracy, who entered this weekend's 100 lap race in ninth place in the championship standings and fifteenth on the grid, moved up seven spots during the race but emerged from the cockpit of his Honda-Lola-Bridgestone with more than the championship on his mind.

Tracy's attention at the end of the Grand Prix of Denver was clearly focused on locating his teammate Dario Franchitti whose race was brought to a sudden end when Tracy collided with him during a first lap incident. The Scot, who stood second in the championship standings at the beginning of the day, was left pointless at the end, and could only watch from the sidelines as his window of opportunity to catch series points leader Cristiano da Matta, became even smaller.

Bruno Junqueira won Sunday's inaugural race on the downtown streets of Denver, edging out teammate Scott Dixon by a margin of 0.282 seconds. Cristiano da Matta finished third.

Da Matta continues to lead the CART FedEx Championship Series points standings with 175 points. Junqueira is second with 123 points while Franchitti is third with 106 points. Tracy moves into seventh position in the standings with 86 points while TKG technical partner Michael Andretti is ninth with 82 points.

The CART FedEx Championship now travels across the Atlantic Ocean. Round 15 will be held on the 1.5-mile oval track at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England on September 14.

Paul Tracy - #26 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"I wasn't trying to pass Dario but I locked the brakes and I couldn't stop. I ran into Dario, I ran over him. It was my fault. I feel really terrible for Dario. I tried to miss him but I was committed to the inside line and I had nowhere to go. We just drove our race and got some points. We're lucky to get points, I feel terrible for Team KOOL Green. I was surprised we didn't have many yellows, the fans got a good show and in the end the race was a success."

Warm up
Position: 6th
Speed: 95.051 mph
Time: 1:02.379 seconds

Race
Started: 15th
Finished: 8th
Laps Completed: 100
Laps Led: 0
Points Earned: 5
Championship Standing: 7th

John Anderson - Team KOOL Green Consultant

"It was really painful to see Paul take out his teammate, especially when Dario was running second in the championship. Paul feels the worst of all, but that's not going to give Dario his points. The fact of the matter is you're not going to win the race from fifteenth spot on the first lap. He suffered some damage and we lost the telemetry during that first lap incident. When he had a power problem, we had no idea where he was on the track or what was going on with him. We recycled the electronics and that seemed to solve the problem. I've got to say he drove ninety-eight great race laps considering everything that happened."

Dario Franchitti - #27 KOOL Honda-Lola-Bridgestone

"Basically Paul took us out on the first lap of a 100-lap race. It was a race where we expected a lot of attrition for mechanical problems. It's beyond comprehension at the moment how this could have possibly happened. We talked about it before the race. Any slim chance we had at the championship is now gone, God knows where we're going to be tonight in the championship order. All Team KOOL Green can do now is get ready for Rockingham."

Warm up
Position: 11th
Speed: 93.990 mph
Time: 1:03.083 seconds

Race
Started: 14th
Finished: 18th
Laps Completed: 0
Laps Led: 0
Points Earned: 0
Championship Standing: 3rd

Barry Green - Team Owner

"We never were able to give the drivers the setup this weekend and they had to start at the back. Paul is not the most patient driver. He was trying to get to the front on the first lap. It's twice as bad when you take your teammate out, but these things happen. Dario's obviously not a happy camper right now. We had a fantastic weekend at Montreal last week we were just trying to move ourselves up in the championship. It's really too bad."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Barry Green , John Anderson , Cristiano da Matta