CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid Ohio Race Report

TRACY FINISHES FIFTH AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Oh., (Aug. 9, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy finished fifth at today's Miller Lite 200, charging up from the 21st position on the grid to match his best performance of the season. Tracy also ...


LEXINGTON, Oh., (Aug. 9, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy finished fifth at today's Miller Lite 200, charging up from the 21st position on the grid to match his best performance of the season. Tracy also finished fifth on the ovals in Japan and Nazareth.

Adrian Fernandez won the 83-lap race, holding off his teammate Scott Pruett in the runner-up position by 0.247 seconds. Bobby Rahal claimed the third spot on the podium, while Mauricio Gugelmin was fourth, just ahead of Tracy.

Tracy's strong performance salvaged a disastrous start for Team KOOL Green. After winning his third pole of the season, Dario Franchitti's KOOL-Reynard was forced off course in Turn 2 by Bryan Herta on the opening lap. Herta squeezed Franchitti on the outside of the turn, making contact and sending Franchitti into a spin. With nowhere to go, Jimmy Vasser then slammed into Franchitti's car. The incident resulted in the top-three cars from qualifying not finishing the race.

Team KOOL Green travels next to Road America and the Texaco/Havoline 200 in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., for Round 14 of the CART FedEx Championship Series.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (Started 21st / Finished 5th ; Currently 13th overall in the PPG Cup standings with 46 points)

"We just kept working at it all weekend. We weren't looking good in qualifying, but the KOOL guys did a great job. They figured out what the problems were. I just put my head down and drove hard the whole race. The team did a great job on the pit stops. They made up most of the positions for me. On the track, we were about equal to everybody, but it was hard to pass." BARRY GREEN on PAUL TRACY'S race:

"Nobody would believe the small change we made on the car would make that much of a difference, but it did. We had good pit stops, but Paul had a great drive, particularly on his in and out laps. That's where he really excels."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (Started 1st / DNF - 26th ; Currently 8th overall in the PPG Cup standings with 67 points)

"Disappointed is one thing. I'm really quite angry. I can't believe that Bryan Herta tried such a dumb move. He just squeezed me and squeezed me; we touched and he put me out onto the grass. I don't know what he was playing at or what he was thinking. We had a chance to win this race and because of Bryan's move, we won't have the chance. You work hard to get the car up front and then get taken out before you complete the first lap of an 83-lap race."

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KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE

Lee Bentham won today's 25-lap race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, crossing the finish line 9.211 seconds ahead of Buddy Rice and KOOL-sponsored driver Matt Sielsky.

Bentham's third win of the year extended his lead in the championship, giving him a comfortable 121-99 advantage over his teammate Alex Tagliani. Tagliani won the pole, but did not finish today's race. Memo Gidley also suffered a DNF, leaving him tied f

or third overall with Andrew Bordin with 98 points. Sielsky rounds out the top-five with 87 points.

Sielsky's podium performance matches his best result of the season, when he also finished third on the streets of Long Beach.

MATT SIELSKY, #16 LCI INTERNATIONAL SWIFT-TOYOTA: (Started 6th / Finished 3rd ; Currently 5th overall in the championship with 87 points)

"I'm really pleased to back up on the podium. The crew did an excellent job this weekend. The car just got better and better. In every session we picked up a little bit. We were 10th on Friday, then we moved up to eighth. We qualified sixth and were f

ourth in this morning's warm-up and I finished third in the race.

"About 10 laps into the race, I picked up a little misfire in the engine. Until that point I was gaining a little on the first two guys (Bentham & Rice). So after that I was just trying to hold my position."

Barber Dodge Pro Series - RACE:

ALEX GURNEY, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD-DODGE (Started 8th / Finished 5th)

"I haven't driven that much in the rain, so it was a little difficult there at the start. Once the track started to dry, I was able to pick up the pace and hold off the guys behind me. I had a lot of pressure from behind. It was a great race. Fifth pl

ace is my best finish."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin , Lee Bentham