CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green ready for the long laps Of Road America. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti hope to wash down those famous Wisconsin brats with a little champagne this weekend as they look to earn...

Team Kool Green ready for the long laps Of Road America.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti hope to wash down those famous Wisconsin brats with a little champagne this weekend as they look to earn another TKG victory at the longest circuit on the CART FedEx tour, Elkhart Lake's Road America. Each driver has enjoyed success on the challenging 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course, with Tracy scoring three poles, including his first CART pole in 1992, and two wins. Franchitti claimed his first CART win here in 1998 and captured the pole in 2000 with a record-setting lap that still stands.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE:

(Started 24th / Finished 26th at Road America in 2001; currently 8th in the standings with 68 points)

"The ideal situation for Team KOOL Green right now would be to get to Road America and qualify well and have a fast car. All the cars are so competitive that it just adds more pressure on us to do everything we can to start at the front. It's takes a good, consistent car to do well at this track. Even though I've won from the back of the field here I would much rather run at the front all day. Right now though we need to head into Road America and score more championship points and move up in the standings. We're very focused, the season is not over yet and we know that we are still very much in the running."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE

(Started 25th/ Finished 19th at Road America in 2001; currently 4th in the standings with 84 points)

"Road America is a fantastic track, one of the best on the schedule. It is a test of skill that reminds me of courses in Europe and I really enjoy driving here. The event has great atmosphere. This race is a bit more special to me because I got my first CART win here in 1998, so I have some very good memories. It would be great to get another win this weekend to add to that one, and also to make up some ground in the points. Team KOOL Green has our work cut out for us if we want to stay in the championship hunt, we need to score points every weekend."

Barry Green - Team Owner

"It's been a little bit of feast or famine for Team KOOL Green the past couple of races but these things happen. What we need to do right now is to pull out all the stops and put our best racecars out on this track at Road America and get ourselves back into the points chase. We're more motivated than ever to walk away with another one-two finish at this race and we'll be heading out there with winning the 2002 CART championship in mind. Paul and Dario are fierce competitors and our whole crew is pulling together to make up some lost ground. This is a team of winners and we'll be looking for an important victory this weekend."

TKG NOTEBOOK

The Badger State has been very good to Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy over the years. Five of the TKG veteran's career wins have come in Wisconsin and while The Milwaukee Mile checks in at number one (Tracy has three wins at the track), he's hoping that this weekend's race at Road America will help him tie that record. Tracy won the race at Road America twice, the first time in 1993 and then again in 2000. Which state earns second place honors for Tracy wins? It's California, where Paul has won four races since 1991.

TKG driver Dario Franchitti confirmed that he would soon be taking possession of a new Eurocopter helicopter. Franchitti completed training for his helicopter pilot license a couple of weeks ago.

Team KOOL Green will take a little time out on Thursday evening to host an intra-team softball game. It should be a real barn-buster as crew from Paul Tracy's #26 car (better known as the Halfshafts) take on Dario Franchitti's #27 crew (the Wishbones). Also represented will be crew members from Michael Andretti's #39 car. Michael's crew is known as the Pushrods.

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green
Teams HART