Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy participated in a one-day Champ Car test at the Milwaukee Mile on May 21. The drivers completed a total of 264 laps of the one-mile oval with Paul marginally the quicker of the two, turning...
Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy participated in a one-day Champ Car test at the Milwaukee Mile on May 21. The drivers completed a total of 264 laps of the one-mile oval with Paul marginally the quicker of the two, turning a best lap of 22.004s compared to the 22.143s recorded by Dario.
The test attracted a number of CART teams, including Newman/Haas, PacWest, Team Rahal, the Project Racing Group and Patrick Racing whose driver Roberto Moreno, recorded the fastest time of the test at 21.424s during the afternoon.
Unfortunately, Tracy's test was cut short by an accident shortly before lunch. Although Paul was not injured, the #26 KOOL Honda-Reynard suffered extensive damage in the crash.
"I downshifted coming into Turn Three and the car just turned left," said Tracy. "I was pretty much a passenger after that."
With Tracy sidelined for the remainder of the day, the team concentrated on Dario's #27 KOOL Honda-Reynard during the afternoon. Despite making a variety of changes to the car's set-up, however, Franchitti was unable to improve on his time from the morning.
"It was a bit frustrating," said Dario. "Nothing we did seemed to make any difference to the car or the performance. The track was very 'green' -- it hasn't been raced on in quite a while -- so that may have had something to do with it. I talked with several of the other drivers and they seemed to be experiencing the same problem."
Following the test, Team KOOL Green returned to Indianapolis to make final preparations for the race at Nazareth Speedway on May 27 (rescheduled from April 9 due to inclement weather) as well as the Miller Lite 225 at Milwaukee on June 4.