CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green ready for Fontana'S 500-mile race. FONTANA, California - Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy head to California Speedway this weekend for their last race on American soil in 2002 and the penultimate round of...

Team Kool Green ready for Fontana'S 500-mile race.

FONTANA, California - Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy head to California Speedway this weekend for their last race on American soil in 2002 and the penultimate round of this year's CART FedEx Championship. The duo, who have combined for four wins and eleven podium finishes so far this season, are looking to add valuable points to their records and move up in the CART FedEx Championship standings. Tracy, who earned the first win for TKG in Milwaukee earlier this year, is looking for his second victory of the season while Franchitti tries for win number four and his second oval victory in 2002.

The 500 Presented by Toyota also marks the sixth and final time this season that TKG will raise funds for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program. (See TKG Notebook below).

26 - Paul Tracy

(Started 18th / Finished 23rd in Fontana in 2001; currently 8th in the standings with 101 points)

"I'm looking forward to getting back to Fontana and getting onto a superspeedway. Team KOOL Green tested the Honda engine at Michigan a few weeks back and I was pretty happy with the way things went. If we can be a smooth as we were there, we'll have a good chance at a run for the win and move further up in the championship before Mexico City. Everyone's going to be a bit jet-lagged following Australia and I know I'm going to be focused on making sure I have enough rest before the race. Five hundred miles is a long event, you've got to have enough in reserve to make it to the very end."

27 - Dario Franchitti

(Started 22nd / Finished 22nd in Fontana in 2001; Currently 3rd in the standings with 135 points)

"Well it's time to go for my second oval win (Dario won his first career CART oval in England last month) and there's nothing I'd like better at this point than to win a five hundred mile race. We had our share of struggles last weekend in Australia and I know that the Team KOOL Green crew is looking forward to having a chance to win again. We'd like to have a real chance at taking second place in the championship and hopefully we'll have perfect weather and a trouble free weekend."

Barry Green - Team Owner

"With only two more races to go for Team KOOL Green I'd really like to see Paul and Dario do well. Australia was an exercise in frustration for all of us. We're ready to put that race behind us and focus on the task at hand. Dario has a real shot at finishing second in the championship and I know it means as much to him at this point as it does to me to wrap that up. We've recently had a successful Honda test at the Michigan superspeedway and I've got a lot of confidence in our chances going into this race. I want to add two more wins to our record before the season is over."

TKG NOTEBOOK

This weekend's 500 mile race at California Speedway marks the sixth and final 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. With $72,000 donated so far this season, Brown & Williamson Tobacco (B&W), through the performance of TKG, is poised to surpass their 2001 donation of $74,470.31. Team KOOL Green first connected with the 100 Black Men of America during the 2001 race season and joined forces in a program designed to increase access to computers, technology and training in urban communities. In its 2002 partnership, B&W donates funds at six Champ Car races (Long Beach, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami and Fontana) basing the amount donated on pit stops completed by Team KOOL Green in under 12 seconds. B&W also awarded a $10,000 bonus to the 100 for Paul Tracy's win at Milwaukee earlier this season.

Team KOOL Green's native Californians return home for the second time this season. Paul Tracy's crew chief Eric Haverson, who was raised in Laguna Beach, used to be a lifeguard in Southern California. Paul's Lead Mechanic, Steve Price, is from Van Nuys. Prior to joining TKG Price worked in the aerospace industry.

WHERE @California Speedway, Fontana, California

<pre> WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times PDT) Friday, November 1 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Champ Car Practice 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Champ Car Practice

Saturday, November 2 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Champ Car Practice 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Champ Car Qualifying

Sunday, November 3 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Champ Car Warm-up 12:30 p.m. Champ Car Race

- TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green
Teams Williams