CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee Team KOOL Green Race Report

PAUL TRACY EARNS HIS FIRST VICTORY DRIVING FOR TEAM KOOL GREEN CART FedEx Championship Series - RACE Round 7 of 20 - Miller Lite 225 For photos visit: WEST ALLIS, Wisc., (June 6, 1999) - Paul Tracy crossed the finish...


CART FedEx Championship Series - RACE Round 7 of 20 - Miller Lite 225

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WEST ALLIS, Wisc., (June 6, 1999) - Paul Tracy crossed the finish line at The Milwaukee Mile with just enough fuel to claim the 14th victory of his career in today's running of the Miller Lite 225. Tracy's margin of victory was 5.880 seconds over Greg Moore, while Gil de Ferran finished third. It was the third time Tracy won a race in Milwaukee, having previously claimed victories in 1995 and 1996.

Tracy has now led this race in all eight of his career starts at The Mile. In today's race, he led for the first time on lap 65 after a strong pit stop moved him from fifth to first. After that Tracy was being chased by Ganassi teammates Jimmy Vasser and Juan Montoya. Vasser took the lead from Tracy on lap 106. Tracy did not regain the lead until lap 213, following a pit stop by Vasser for a splash of fuel under yellow. Tracy led the rest of the way thanks to two cautions in the final 15 laps, which allowed him to conserve enough fuel to win with only two stops in the 225-lap race.

Tracy's teammate Dario Franchitti started fourth and finished ninth. He led today's race (laps 47-49) and was running second when he entered the pits for his first stop on the 65th lap. He managed to maintain his position, second to Tracy, upon his return to the track. However, in exiting the pit, Franchitti ran over an air hose in Tracy's pit box. The result was a black flag penalty, moving him to the back of the lead lap in 14th position. He battled back to as high as seventh, but handling and brake problems hampered him.

Franchitti remains second, just eight points behind Montoya, who leads the PPG Cup standings 77-69. Moore's result today moves him into a second place tie with Franchitti with 69 points. Michael Andretti is alone in fourth with 61, while his teammate Christian Fittipaldi is fifth with 58. Tracy's victory moves him from 13th to eighth overall and back into the championship fight with 36 points.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 6th / Finished 1st ; Currently 8th in the PPG Cup standings with 36 points) "I'm just so happy for Team KOOL Green! I was really worried about my fuel. My fuel pressure warning light came on with five laps to go. When that happens, you're usually out of fuel within a lap or two. I can't believe it. We've worked so hard on this team. My thanks to my sponsors KOOL and Klein Tools and everybody on the whole team. And, I couldn't have done it without my engineer Tony Cicale. I've got to thank everybody for the chance they've given me, especially the team owner Barry Green."

WHAT TEAM OWNER BARRY GREEN HAD TO SAY: "That's a big load off to have Paul win a race. He's taken a lot of bad hits from people over the last year or so. But we know what he's all about. It was his day today. We took a big risk, but we had to do that. We needed a win to get back into the championship. We knew that this track was hard on tires. But, today the Firestone tires were just fantastic. They helped us win that race as did Honda with excellent fuel mileage. It was a team effort from our crew, sponsors and partners. That's what Team KOOL Green is all about. It's a proud day for us."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 4th / Finished 9th ; Currently 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 69 points) "It's a great victory for Paul and Team KOOL Green. He deserves a win. He's been trying to break the door down for a while and it finally happened. Personally, my crew had a hard day. But we got some points and took points away from the championship leader. We'll be a happy team heading to Portland. We had a couple of problems that really hurt us. I ran over an air hose in the first stop and we lost the rear brakes towards the end. I couldn't slow it down in the corners and couldn't stop it in the pits. I don't know why it happened, but it ruined our day."

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Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane started 14th and finished ninth in today's 97-lap race at The Milwaukee Mile. Kane was running as high as eighth before being passed by Guy Smith on the 81st lap. Derek Higgins, meanwhile, successfully defended his race win from last year in Milwaukee. Higgins started fourth, but took the checkered flag first ahead of Casey Mears by 0.526 seconds. Oriol Servia stood on the podium by finishing third.

JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 14th / Finished 9th ; Currently 16th in the standings with 11 points)

"We were a bit too conservative with the front wing because in the warm-up this morning we picked up an oversteer. Yesterday afternoon, however, the balance of the car was more towards the rear. If we had left there this morning, the KOOL car would have been quite good. It was a bit of a gamble to leave it in case it did oversteer. We took one turn of front wing off the front and it was just enough to create an understeer that got worse as we did more laps. I had a couple good runs on Airton Dare, but I never braked early enough in Turn 1. If I had passed him, I probably could have caught the next group. We made it to the end though and scored some points."

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Guy Smith , Casey Mears , Airton Daré , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Oriol Servia , Derek Higgins , Jonny Kane , Barry Green , Greg Moore