DETROIT - Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti scored his first podium of the season with a second-place finish today in the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Teammate Paul Tracy was credited with 14th after running out of fuel on the...
DETROIT - Team KOOL Green driver Dario Franchitti scored his first podium of the season with a second-place finish today in the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Teammate Paul Tracy was credited with 14th after running out of fuel on the last lap while running fifth.
By virtue of completing 143 of 144 laps, TKG will donate $16,800 to the 100 Black Men of America organization. The donation is the result of money paid for each lap completed by Tracy and Franchitti in a partnership between TKG and 100 Black Men of America announced on Thursday.
Franchitti started from the outside of row two and stayed in the lead pack all day. A pass on Patrick Carpentier on a restart after the fourth and final full-course caution moved Franchitti into second with just seven laps to go. Despite a hard charge, he was unable to pass race winner Helio Castroneves.
Starting 23rd, Tracy used some crafty pit strategy to move himself all the way up to fifth place. But after making his second pit stop under full course caution on lap 36 - the halfway mark - Tracy tried to stretch his fuel mileage and make it the rest of the way, but fell just one lap short.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 23rd / Finished 14th / Currently tied for 6th in the standings with 40 points)
"We just didn't have enough fuel, that's the bottom line. The car was decent, it wasn't as fast as the lead group but I was holding my own once I got up there. We were just playing a fuel strategy game and it didn't pay off. But we were right there. It's tough for me, but it's probably tougher on the Team KOOL Green crew. They had to work hard all weekend and deserved to be rewarded with a good finish. But I'm happy for Dario, it's great to see him up on the podium again."
JOHN ANDERSON, RACE STRATEGY FOR PAUL TRACY:
"We knew it would be close. We needed one more lap of yellow. I'd trade my next paycheck for a gallon of gas. Paul (Tracy) just did an amazing job. He struggled a lot yesterday, but he gets his race face on and gets the job done. It was just looking so bloody good."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 4th / Finished 2nd / Currently 9th in the standings with 37 points)
On the pass of Carpentier: "Everything was going according to plan until I tried to turn in. I was carrying a bit too much speed and I was on the marbles and I picked up some on my tires. I wasn't sure if I was going to make the corner, so I banged it into second gear, and then down another (gear) to make it around. I got a lot of wheelspin and it was kind of messy, but I got it done. After that, I think we had something for Helio, but it's all about track position. When we lost that qualifying lap yesterday because of the red flags that put us up against the wall.
"Everybody says we've been struggling this year, but we really haven't. Team KOOL Green has consistently given me a car good enough to win the race. We've had a chance to win every race this year except for Long Beach, but things just haven't gone our way on race day.
"I feel bad for Paul (Tracy) and his guys. I saw him a couple of cars behind me before the last restart and I was hoping he could come to the front with me."
WHAT IS 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA? 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. The money donated by TKG will be used to increase access to computers, technology and training in urban communities. For further information visit the TKG web site at www.koolracing.com.
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