Team Kool Green sets sights on another 1-2 finish north of the border MONTREAL - Team KOOL Green makes its first foray to Montreal this weekend as the CART FedEx Championship Series travels to La Belle Province for the inaugural Molson Indy ...
Team Kool Green sets sights on another 1-2 finish north of the border
MONTREAL - Team KOOL Green makes its first foray to Montreal this weekend as the CART FedEx Championship Series travels to La Belle Province for the inaugural Molson Indy Montreal. Both Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head into this weekend's race with high hopes of becoming the first Champ Car winner on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. While both drivers earned a single championship point at last weekend's event at Road America, the duo are intent on achieving another one-two finish on Canadian soil in 2002. Dario and Paul took the top two podium spots the last time they visited Canada at the Molson Indy Vancouver in late July.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE:
(Currently 9th in the standings with 69 points)
"I'm really excited to race again in Montreal. Every time we come up to Canada the atmosphere is incredible. I had some good luck up there too. I started on the front row at both Toronto and Vancouver and I hoping to keep that string alive in Montreal. I really want to win there because I have already won the other two Canadian races and I want to have a win at every track we race at in my home country. The last time I raced in Montreal was a long time ago. It was 1987 and I was running in a support race during the Canadian Grand Prix. It was a bittersweet weekend because I ran really well and even won the race, but I was disqualified after the checkered flag for rough driving. I guess its funny how some things never change."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE
(Currently 4th in the standings with 85 points)
"The Montreal circuit should be a challenging one but I'm sure Team KOOL Green is up to it. It will be interesting to see how our Champ Cars run on the Formula 1 circuit. I think it will definitely be an exciting weekend. Every time we race in Canada we have great crowds and the fans are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about racing and that makes for a great atmosphere. We really need to have a good weekend in Montreal and try to make some headway in the points. TKG has typically done well at new venues, so maybe this will be the race to turn our luck around."
BARRY GREEN - TEAM OWNER
"It's been a bumpy road recently, no doubt, but I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of Team KOOL Green's strongest attributes is overcoming adversity. I have no doubt we're up to the task at hand, which is winning more races and getting back into the thick of the points battle. Both of the next two events present even more challenges because they are new circuits, but it's the same for everyone. I know everyone involved - the team, Paul, Dario - is determined to turn things around this weekend."
The Molson Indy Montreal marks the first of three new venues that Team KOOL Green will visit in 2002. While TKG's Paul Tracy has raced at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before (Tracy raced Formula 2000 on the track) this is Franchitti's maiden race on the permanent road course. The last time Tracy appeared in Montreal was in 1987. Although he won the pole and won the race, he was penalized 60 seconds (pushing him back to seventh) for punting race leader Claude Bourbonnais off the track right in front of the race control tower. The assessment? Dangerous driving.
Think you've logged a lot of miles in the years you've been driving? Picture this. Following last weekend's race at Road America, Paul Tracy has completed 31,522.259 race miles since he began his CART career in 1991. What does that mean to us ordinary folk? Put it this way, Paul has logged enough miles to have crossed the United States (the lower 48) eleven times since 1991! No slouch himself, Dario has completed 18,612.353 miles since he first appeared in CART in 1997.
New qualifying procedures on road courses go into effect at this weekend's Molson Indy Montreal. The 60-minute qualifying period on Friday and Saturday have been modified to give drivers 35 minutes of qualifying time. The sessions remain 60 minutes long, but each will start with a short, open practice. Following this practice session there will be a break during which teams can work on their cars. Teams can also use tires other than their qualifying tires during the practice session and will have the opportunity to change tires during the break. The rule changes are designed to provide CART fans with as much on-track action as possible.
Paul Tracy is hoping to become the first Canadian driver to win a marquee event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since Gilles himself won the inaugural Formula One race on the track in 1978. Canadians have won at Montreal in Atlantic competition.