CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Team KOOL Green Preview

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 30, 2000) - The Milwaukee Mile held its first car race in 1903 when William Jones of Chicago won a five-mile contest at an average speed of 39.9 mph. Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will be going ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 30, 2000) - The Milwaukee Mile held its first car race in 1903 when William Jones of Chicago won a five-mile contest at an average speed of 39.9 mph. Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will be going significantly faster around the mile-oval when they take to the track, June 2-4. Tracy won last year's 225-lap race, while Franchitti finished a respectable 7th.

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

(Started 6th / Finished 1st at Milwaukee in 1999 ; Currently 1st in the standings with 59 points)

"Last year's victory at Milwaukee was one of the more memorable wins of my career. It was my first win for Team KOOL Green, the first win with Tony Cicale as my engineer and it was the beginning of a streak of consistent finishes that have us leading the championship today. (12 top-five finishes in last 19 races)

"We've had a good start to the season but we can't afford to get complacent. We've got a lot of races coming up and we need to score points to stay ahead of the other guys. Another victory in Milwaukee would be sweet. I've always enjoyed racing at The Mile. It's one of the better tracks for passing and racing. With its wide and flat corners you can make a move on either the inside or outside, which makes for some pretty wide-open racing."

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

(Started 4th / Finished 7th at Milwaukee in 1999 ; Currently 11th in the standings with 20 points)

"Obviously things could be going better for us. But, having said that, I feel that we'll be competitive this weekend in Milwaukee. We've run fairly well there in the past and had a decent test there last week. Team KOOL Green have given me a good car and we've got great personnel on the team, so It's not going to take much to get things turned around. I'm confident the results will come if we just work smart and stay focused.

"Milwaukee is a great track to race on in a Champ Car because it's so wide there's a couple of different lines and you've got lots of room for passing."

DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP

Jonny Kane and Jeff Simmons, Team KOOL Green's duo in Indy Lights, are eager to go racing this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. They last raced on the streets of Long Beach, but after extensive testing the drivers return to oval racing at the oldest operating major speedway in America. The 100-lap race will run this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Central Time.

JEFF SIMMONS, #26 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:

(4th in his Indy Lights debut at Long Beach; two-time Barber Dodge Pro Series champion)

"I'm feeling pretty confident heading into Milwaukee. Team KOOL Green has had Jonny and I testing quite a bit since our season-opener at Long Beach in April. It's not like we haven't been in a race car, so I suspect that we'll be pretty fast here. My brother Chris is my engineer, so I think we'll be able to put our heads together to figure out how to go fast around this track. I hit the wall in our test at The Mile last week, so I'd say we know what not to do now. We were putting together some really good laps before that hit."

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20:

(Started 14th / Finished 9th at Milwaukee in 1999 ; Rookie of the Year in 1999)

"I'm just happy to get back to racing, especially after such a long time in between races. We've been testing, but I'm eager to get back into the KOOL car for a race again (Kane's last race was at Long Beach, April 16th). We had a decent test at The Mile last week. I like this track a lot because there should be some passing. I was able to get around guys last year, but I expect to be starting closer to the front this year. Ideally, I'll get the pole again like in Long Beach."

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Paul Tracy , William Jones , Jonny Kane , Jeff Simmons