CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green looking forward to a day at the Beach LONG BEACH, California -- Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy, a two-time winner, looks to add a third Long Beach Grand Prix trophy to his collection while teammate Dario Franchitti, two-time...

Team Kool Green looking forward to a day at the Beach

LONG BEACH, California -- Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy, a two-time winner, looks to add a third Long Beach Grand Prix trophy to his collection while teammate Dario Franchitti, two-time runner-up, will do his best to claim his first win on the challenging ocean-side course as the CART FedEx Championship Series heads to the first street circuit of the 2002 season. The event is also the first of six at which TKG will raise funds for the 100 Black Men of America's urban technology program, continuing the partnership launched in 2001 (see TKG Notebook below).

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD
Started 12th / Finished 4th at Long Beach in 2001; currently 8th in the standings with 5 points)

"It feels really good to be heading back into Long Beach. Physically I'm in peak condition and I'm thinking that the car will be too. Team KOOL Green prepared a great ride for me in Mexico, and I like my chances on the streets here. Long Beach is a marquee event and I've won here twice including from way back in the field (started 17th) in 2000. What's not to like about that? I was here two weeks ago and they were getting the track ready -- grandstands were going up and a lot of the barriers that line the track were already in place. It really got my heart pumping. It's Southern California, it's a party town, and a party weekend for the fans. The atmosphere is something you can't even describe unless you've been here."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD
(Started 6th / Finished 6th at Long Beach in 2001; currently 2nd in the standings with 16 points)

"It's definitely time for me to win this race. I've been a runner-up here twice and given the way we've started the season, there's no reason to believe that we don't have a good chance here at Long Beach. I like the way things have gone so far, starting the season with a podium finish (Dario finished second in Monterrey, Mexico) and being in second place in the standings certainly works to Team KOOL Green's advantage going into the race. This track is not without its challenges though and you've got to stay out of trouble. There's not a lot of passing opportunities and we'll have to maximize all of our chances."

Barry Green - Team Owner

"It's been a satisfying start to the season. Certainly I'm pleased that Team KOOL Green earned a podium and a top-eight finish in the season opener and I'm optimistic about our performance at Long Beach. We've got all the ingredients to put together a winning season and I'm pleased with what I've seen so far. You can never underestimate the complexity of racing on the streets of Long Beach and we're doing our utmost to ensure that we take advantage of the situation. I'm looking forward to strong performances from both Paul and Dario."

TKG NOTEBOOK

This weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix marks the inaugural race this season for Team KOOL Green to raise funds for the 100 Black Men of America. TKG renewed its partnership with the national organization two weeks ago after a successful 2001 program that saw the team donate $74,470.31 to the 100. This year the program runs at six events: Long Beach, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago, Miami and Fontana. Each time either Paul or Dario completes a pit stop in under 12 seconds (max 3 stops per driver), TKG will make a donation to the 100 with a maximum of $14,000 allocated for each event. The funds will be used by the 100 to connect young adults (over the age of 21) in urban centers with new information and communication tools including access to the Internet, new computer technology, and skills training. Also up for grabs this weekend is an additional $10,000 for a race win and $20,000 should Paul and Dario deliver a 1-2 finish.

Note: Dr. James Black, from the Los Angeles chapter of 100 Black Men of America, will be on hand this weekend to discuss the 100's urban technology

WHERE
Streets of Long Beach, California

WHEN
Sunday, April 14, 2002

TV SCHEDULE - Speed Channel (All times EDT)

Fri., April 12
4:30 p.m. CART Qualifying 1
10:30 p.m. CART Friday Night

Sat., April 13
4:30 p.m. CART Qualifying 2

TV SCHEDULE - FOX (All times EDT)
Sun, April 14 3:30 p.m. Race LIVE

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green