PAUL TRACY, ...
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 4th / Finished 3rd at Nazareth in 1999 ; Currently 3rd in the standings with 14 points)
"Last year's race at Nazareth marked a new beginning for me at Team KOOL Green. It was the first official race with Tony Cicale as my engineer and I scored my first podium for Team KOOL Green. Ever since then, we've been running up front consistently and getting stronger and stronger.
"You can never count us out, even if we don't have the best qualifying effort. Everybody saw that last weekend in Miami when we charged up from 17th to finish third. But I certainly expect to be starting a lot closer to the front at Nazareth. It's kind of like my home track with all the testing I've done there over the years and with the success I've had at the track (two poles / two wins / seven top-five finishes in nine starts). I always go there feeling like I've got a shot at winning the race. It's no different this year, especially since we had a good test there in March."
On his Craftsmen Pit Crew Challenge-winning crew: (Tracy's crew was the fastest crew on pit lane last season)
"I can't say enough about the KOOL crew. They proved they were the best last year and they backed it up in Miami. It's a fantastic feeling to know every time you make a pit stop, those guys are going to beat everybody else on pit lane and let me pick up a position or two on track. That's really important nowadays with it being so competitive.
"The guys on my team remind me of some of the (Philadelphia) Flyer teams I watched growing up. We're not one of the glamour teams in the series. We just go about our job, digging hard and fighting tooth and nail for everything we can get. And we don't ever consider giving up. Just like last week, when we qualified 17th. We just knew we'd have to work that much harder and be that much smarter than everyone else."
DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 3rd / Finished 8th at Nazareth in 1999 ; Currently 11th in the standings with 2 points)
"I'm glad to get that first race behind me. I never doubted I'd race at Miami and I hope now I won't have to answer any more questions about whether I'm ready to be back in the KOOL car. Though we never really got a handle on the car setup in Miami, I felt fine physically in the race and we persevered to pick up a couple of points. Those two points may make a big difference towards the championship by year's end.
"Team KOOL Green should be in much better shape at Nazareth. It's one of the few tracks where Paul and I have tested together this year and the test went quite well. We were very competitive there last year, so I'm hoping we can pick up where we left off. We'll need to because of the competition this year. It's as strong as ever and we've got to score some serious points if we expect to be in contention for the championship. I have total faith in the guys at Team KOOL Green. They know what it takes to win, and, like me, they'll give everything to make that happen."