CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Team KOOL Green Preview

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE MILLER LITE 200 WHAT: Miller Lite 200 - Round 14 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: August 13 - 15 WHERE: Lexington, Ohio PAUL TRACY, ...


WHAT: Miller Lite 200 - Round 14 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: August 13 - 15 WHERE: Lexington, Ohio

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 21st / Finished 5th at Mid-Ohio in 1998 ; 4th in the PPG Cup standings with 106 points)

"We're getting to the part of the season that I like and I always seem to do well at Mid-Ohio. It's a great track, but unfortunately one of the few road courses where I haven't won a pole or a race. And yet, I've qualified on the front row three times and finished second three times. I just need to close the deal. Things are really going well right now at Team KOOL Green, we're fast, consistent and not making mistakes, so this could certainly be the weekend.

On his series-leading streak of seven points-paying finishes: "There hasn't been one specific thing that you can say that has made us so consistent, it's been a total effort by everyone at Team KOOL Green. We've just been concentrating on learning something every time we take to the track, whether it's a test session or race weekend. We just keep moving forward. We're not looking back or getting complacent. We're fourth in the championship with seven races to go. There's no letting up until after Fontana."

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 1st / Finished 26th at Mid-Ohio in 1998 ; 1st in the PPG Cup standings with 136 points)

"I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio as it's a track where I have some unfinished business. I really like driving the circuit because Team KOOL Green has a great setup for it and we got the pole there last year. But then I got taken out on the first lap last season, so I feel similar to the way I did when I went to Toronto last month. (He'd been on pole the previous two years, but had not completed the race) We took care of business in Toronto (victory). Now it's time to do the same at Mid-Ohio.

On leading the points: "It is nice. It's the first time for myself or Team KOOL Green to be leading the FedEx Championship point standings. Leading the points, finishing one-two and having Paul move up to fourth in points, is a really a good thing for the team. It keeps everyone motivated and focused as we get back into another tough stretch of back-to-back races. But we all know, the only time it really matters to be leading the points is after Fontana. And that's what we plan to do."

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ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (11th in standings with 23 points)

"I really like Mid-Ohio, I'm looking forward to going back. I had a good race there last year in Barber Dodge when I finished fifth. We're starting to make progress in getting the best out of our setups each weekend. We did some testing at Shannonville Park (in Belleville, Ontario) before Trois-Rivieres to help with the street and road courses. It helped us a little, but it didn't really transfer over to the track (Trois-Rivieres) as much as we had hoped. It was much bumpier (Finished 7th) and had more surface changes than Shannonville. I think what we learned may be better suited for Mid-Ohio."

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