Paul Tracy And Team Kool Green Run Final Preseason Tune-Up INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy and the ...
Paul Tracy And Team Kool Green Run Final Preseason Tune-Up
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team KOOL Green driver Paul Tracy and the #26 crew ran their final preseason test on Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 19-20) at California Speedway's new road course. Tracy completed 170 miles on the 1.09-mile layout posting a best time of 36.9 seconds.
Fifty miles into the test on Tuesday Tracy spun off-course and the team spent the rest of the day repairing minor damage to the car. On Wednesday morning, mechanical problems came into play after Tracy had completed only a single lap. Once the Team KOOL Green crew got the car back on the track in the afternoon Tracy and his engineers concentrated on improving its mechanical grip.
"With the limited amount of time I had in the car, I'm happy with the changes Steve (Challis, race engineer) and Stu (Kenworthy, data & damper engineer) came up with for the KOOL car," said Tracy. "We were able to put together some good laps and the car was responding well. We ended the test on a positive note and hopefully we've gotten our mechanical problems out of the way so we can challenge for the win in Mexico."
Tracy shared the track with technical partner Michael Andretti as both drivers worked to find baseline setups for the Monterrey race. TKG engineer Steve Challis was glad Andretti was there so the team could gather more information from the test.
"I'm glad we learned some things and the car reacted well to the changes we made but we weren't able to complete everything we wanted to," explained Challis. "That's one of the advantages of being a multi-car team, we'll have a look at the data from Michael's car and hopefully well find even more speed for the #26 KOOL car."
The #26 Team KOOL Green crew heads back to Indianapolis to finalize preparations for the CART FedEx Championship Series season opener in Monterrey, Mexico on March 10. Today, Dario Franchitti and the #27 team begin three days of testing (Feb. 21-22, 24) at Homestead-Miami Speedway, running on the road course Thursday and Friday before testing on the oval Sunday.