CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston Street-wise Team KOOL Green looks to continue winning ways

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 26, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti return to the streets of downtown Houston this weekend hoping to keep intact the team’s perfect record in the two-year-old race. Franchitti led...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 26, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti return to the streets of downtown Houston this weekend hoping to keep intact the team’s perfect record in the two-year-old race.

Franchitti led the final 70 laps to win the inaugural Houston event in 1998. Then Tracy and Franchitti dominated last year’s race, with Tracy leading Franchitti in a one-two Team KOOL Green finish.

Statistically speaking, Team KOOL Green is a very street-wise operation. Tracy continues to show his mastery of the urban circuits with wins this season on the streets of Long Beach and Vancouver. He has now won all six street races on the current CART schedule. Teammate Franchitti has also shown an affinity for the streets, as five of his six career wins have been on the streets. And he’s earned six of his ten career pole positions on streets circuits.

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard:

(Started 3rd / Finished 1st in Houston in 1999; Currently 4th in the standings with 122 points)

“The streets of Houston look like a great opportunity to score some big points and improve our position in the championship. The Team KOOL Green engineers have hit on a setup for the street circuits, and we’ve won Houston two years in a row. I intend to do everything I can to make it three.”

“It’s amazing that there are probably as many as five or six of us with a decent shot at winning the championship with three races to go. The title is obviously going to go down to the wire and if we can keep having the type of success we’ve had in Houston, it will certainly be a big boost to our championship hopes.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard:

(Started 4th / Finished 2nd in Houston in 1999; Currently 11th in the standings with 92 points)

“We don’t have any magic formula for winning in Houston, even though Team KOOL Green has enjoyed all the success on that circuit so far. It all comes down to having a top performing car and avoiding mistakes. You really have to stay mentally focused on the street courses because of the blind turns and minimal margin for error.”

“It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster season for us so far but with three races left, on tracks where we’ve had success in the past, the goal is to pick up as many points as we can and see where that takes us. The guys at Team KOOL Green have been doing a fantastic job preparing a competitive car because we’ve qualified in the top four in the last five races. If we can keep doing that, we’re bound to find the winner’s circle.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti