PORTLAND, Oregon - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will carry their new team colors into Portland this weekend for the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. TKG unveiled a dramatic new look in late May and now...
PORTLAND, Oregon - Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will carry their new team colors into Portland this weekend for the G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. TKG unveiled a dramatic new look in late May and now runs Franchitti in an eye-catching blue and silver Lola, while teammate Tracy is dressed up in green and silver. Franchitti, who currently sits in fifth place in the CART FedEx Championship Series standings, is looking for his first win of the 2002 racing season on the 1.969-mile Portland road course. Tracy scored his first Champ Car victory of the season two weeks ago at Milwaukee, and is now in sixth place in the driver standings.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE:
(Started 13th / Finished 21st at Portland in 2001; currently sixth in the standings with 32 points)
"I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with the Lola on another road course. We gained some insight on how the Lola performs on these types of tracks at Laguna Seca last weekend and although the final outcome wasn't what we were aiming for, we came away from there with more information than we had before. When you're learning a new car, there's going to be some bumps in the road, that's just racing. The whole Team KOOL Green crew is ready to give it their best shot again this weekend and that's all I can ask for. I've never won at Portland so a win would mean a lot personally as well as for the team."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA-LOLA-BRIDGESTONE
(Started 5th/ Finished 6th at Portland in 2001; currently fifth in the standings with 35 points)
"Portland is such a spectacular setting for a race and although I've not yet won it, I'm planning on doing my utmost to get back on the podium here. (Dario finished third in 1999.) There's no question that we struggled last weekend at Laguna Seca, but I really felt that we were getting stronger as we got further along in the weekend. At Mid-Ohio the Lola was just tremendous and I'm hoping that with the knowledge we have from that test, combined with the information we acquired at Laguna, we'll be in a better position to put Team KOOL Green at the front of the pack."
BARRY GREEN - TEAM OWNER
"Overall, we've had a good start to the season, and we intend to continue strong at Portland. Racing is a series of ups and downs and we had our share of problems at Laguna, which was frankly a bit surprising as far as getting the cars set up, given our test results. But both Team KOOL Green drivers are still very much in the hunt for the championship, with Dario in 5th and Paul in 6th, and there are a lot more points left to be had for the remainder of the year."
Team KOOL Green Six-Pack: while the entire TKG roster brings a wealth of experience to each Champ Car race weekend effort, six members of the crew have worn the TKG uniform for five years or more and a few have worked with team owner Barry Green far longer than that. With an impressive 36+ years of combined experience with Team KOOL Green, and more than 100 years of racing experience altogether, this illustrious (some might even say notorious) group includes:
Kyle Moyer, VP Racing Operations/Team Manager:
7th year with TKG, 24 years total racing experience
Scott Graves, Director of Engineering:
7th year with TKG, 14 years total racing experience
Stuart Kenworthy, Data & Damper Engineer:
7th year with TKG, 29 years total racing experience
Eric Haverson, Chief Mechanic for Paul Tracy:
6th year with TKG, 17 years total racing experience
Curt Northam, Mechanic for Paul Tracy:
7th year with TKG, 7 years total racing experience
Chuck Miller, Lead Mechanic for Dario Franchitti:
7th year with TKG, 10 years total racing experience
Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon
Sunday, June 16, 2002