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TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY WHAT: Round 20 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: October 29 - 31 WHERE: Fontana, California PAUL TRACY, ...

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY

WHAT: Round 20 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: October 29 - 31 WHERE: Fontana, California

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 12th / Finished 14th at California Speedway in 1998; 3rd overall with 161 PPG Cup points)

"This season has been fairly rewarding and has made up for a lot of the disappointment we experienced last year in my first season with Team KOOL Green. It just shows you that hard work, dedication and teamwork will allow you to overcome most anything. But of all the things that happened last year, losing the lead and a million dollars at Fontana with four laps to go was probably the worst. A win there this year and we will have come full circle. We know -- and everybody else in CART knows -- we can win this thing. But we've also got to be thinking about helping Dario win the championship. I know the #26 team will do everything we can to get the title for Dario, Barry [Green] and the folks at KOOL."

ON THE WORK OF HIS PIT CREW: A big reason we've had success on the #26 KOOL car this year is because of the great job that the crew has done on pit stops. My guys are leading the Craftsman Pit Stop Challenge going into the final shoot-out at Fontana and I'd like nothing more than for them to win the $50,000 first-place prize. Tony Cotman (crew chief) and the crew have made up a lot of positions for me with fast work in the pits.

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 8th / Finished 22nd at California Speedway in 1998 ; 1st overall with 209 PPG Cup points)

"A total team effort has gotten us in a position to win the championship and it will take a total effort by everyone at Team KOOL Green to clinch it at Fontana. I know we're capable of getting the job done, we just need to get on with it. We had a good test at Fontana and we ran well at Michigan this summer [Started 9th / Finished 5th], so I think we'll be all right car-wise. We've just got to stay focused and do what we've been doing all year -- qualifying well and running a smart race. We're not going to worry about what Juan's doing or anything else that we have no control over. It's great to be with a team that has won a championship before [Jacques Villeneuve in 1995]; it gives you a lot of confidence."

BARRY GREEN, Team KOOL Green Owner:

"Everybody at Team KOOL Green knows that we have a job to do and that's to have Dario come away with the championship. We must maintain our focus and approach this race like any other. Our engineers, crew and drivers will continue working together. This approach has worked for us all season and has won us the last two races [Tracy at Houston & Franchitti in Australia]. We are one team and we are all working toward winning the championship. I cannot think of a better wing-man for Dario to have heading into this race than Paul Tracy."

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Jonny Kane, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (8th in standings with 68 points)

"I'm eager to get back out on the track. Fontana will only be my second time racing on a superspeedway, but winning the pole at Michigan Speedway proved that I can get around these monsters pretty quickly. I must admit that I didn't fair so well in that race though [finished 7th]. Team KOOL Green delivered the car, but you need to be able to draft to win one of these races. One car by itself can't compete with seven drafting in a row. I need to be more patient, stay in line and find a couple of drafting partners. I suspect most of the passing will be on the outside with the train. Ideally, I'll be leading that train when the checkered flag falls."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Paul Tracy , Jonny Kane