CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Team Kool Green Preview

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI WHAT: Grand Prix of Miami -- Round 1 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: March 18 -- March 21 WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway DARIO FRANCHITTI, ...

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI

WHAT: Grand Prix of Miami -- Round 1 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series

WHEN: March 18 -- March 21

WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 13th / Finished 9th at Homestead in 1998 ; 3rd overall with 160 PPG Cup points in 1998)

"Points pave the way to a championship and that's my goal with Team KOOL Green in 1999. Of course, first place pays the most points so I'll be aiming for the top of the podium in Miami and every other race. But I must not lose sight of the need to be consistent over the course of the season. It's a balancing act between being aggressive and using your head. I'm confident that I can combine the two for maximum benefit.

"As for the season-opener, the KOOL car is handling well in testing and is getting closer to where I want it for the race. You can never be certain what will happen, but I would peg last year's race winner Michael Andretti as the favorite. He has also won back-to-back at Homestead, but I believe Team KOOL Green can spoil the three-peat."

RAUL BOESEL, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Becomes the first driver to compete in the season-openers for CART and the IRL)

"I understand my role completely as a substitute driver for Paul Tracy, but that doesn't mean I won't be out there looking to win the race. We had several very productive test days at Homestead and I was eighth fastest at Spring Training in February. Team KOOL Green's engineers have told me that they are very happy with my feedback on the handling of the car. The combination of a fast car and championship-winning team definitely has me thinking about the podium."

PAUL TRACY, TEAM KOOL GREEN driver serving a one race suspension:

"It's going to be tough for me to be around the Team KOOL Green trailer and garage area on the weekend... and not be the guy climbing into the car. I'll be on hand however, lending my support to Raul, Dario and the team any way I can. I've learned a lot about the Homestead oval in my own testing and preparation for the next race at Motegi in Japan. I'm sure I can be a resource if the team needs my input. Even though I'm not racing, my job is to help Team KOOL Green win races."

JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN LOLA T97/20: (Homestead is the first career start in North America for Kane, who competed in F3000 in 1998)

"This is my first race for Team KOOL Green, so naturally I am eager to do well at Homestead. It will also be my first time racing wheel-to-wheel on an oval, which should be exciting. I'll have luck on my side during race week and be rubbing my four-leaf clover in honor of St. Patrick's Day like a good Irishman. Hopefully, I can score some points in the season-opener."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy