CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green crosses the globe for Honda Indy 300. Surfers Paradise, Australia. - Team KOOL Green owner Barry Green leads the TKG troops to his home turf for this weekend's Honda Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise. Green who began his racing...

Team Kool Green crosses the globe for Honda Indy 300.

Surfers Paradise, Australia. - Team KOOL Green owner Barry Green leads the TKG troops to his home turf for this weekend's Honda Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise. Green who began his racing career in Australia is hoping that his last appearance as team owner at home will yield positive results for drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti. With three races to go in the 2002 CART FedEx Championship season Franchitti, who currently stands third overall in the championship, is hoping that a points-filled weekend in Australia will allow him to mount a solid run for second overall.

26 - Paul Tracy
(Started 4th / Finished 14th in Australia in 2001; currently 10th in the standings with 87 points)

"Right now we have to focus on moving up in the points and Australia is a good place to start the charge. I was running well there last year and there's no reason Team KOOL Green can't contend for the win again this year. I've always qualified well "down under" (including seven top-four starts) and I've won in Australia before (1995.) I'm also looking forward to visiting the Gold Coast, it is an amazing place for this event and I really enjoy going there every year."

27 - Dario Franchitti
(Started 5th / Finished 23rd in Australia in 2001; Currently 3rd in the standings with 129 points)

"I can't wait to get to Surfers and start enjoying the Australian beaches and lifestyle. This race is definitely one of the highlights of the year both on and off the track. The street course is well laid out with a couple of long straights with good passing opportunities at the end. Team KOOL Green has traditionally done well there. I earned the pole in '98 and won from the pole in '99. I could use another weekend like that to keep the pressure on to finish second in the championship. (Dario scored the maximum points available that weekend for pole, laps led and race win.) I was able to claim the victory in my home race and hopefully I can score another win for Barry (Green) in his home race. The atmosphere around the event is incredible and rivals any in the series. The Australian fans are very knowledgeable and they pack the grandstands all weekend."

Barry Green - Team Owner

"This is my last race as an owner in my home country and I definitely want to win it. Team KOOL Green has always run well in Australia and Dario even brought home the win for me in 1999. Right now we need to work hard to finish as high in the championship as we can. Dario has a shot at second and Paul can get into the top five if we can score some points this weekend. Just like every event this year qualifying is going to be very important. Last year we qualified both cars in the top-five and we need to do that again to get a good finish."

TKG NOTEBOOK

Team KOOL Green owner Barry Green heads home to Australia for his final Honda Indy 300 race as a team owner. The event is sure to be an emotional one for Green who recently sold his interest in the team he established in 1995. Green has been involved in CART since 1983 and ranks as one of the series most successful owners and managers. Under Green's guidance Team KOOL Green debuted in 1997 and one-year later drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti signed on. Since joining Team KOOL Green, Tracy and Franchitti have combined for 16 wins, 11 pole positions and 5 one-two finishes. The only time TKG won in Australia was in 1999. Dario Franchitti claimed the victory after starting from the pole.

Barry Green is not the only Australian at TKG. Consultant John Anderson, who communicates on the radio with Paul Tracy on race days, is a native of Sydney. Involved in racing for the past thirty years, "Ando" is also a licensed pilot. While he enjoys traveling to races in his own Cessna 182 airplane, he'll be making the global crossing home with Team KOOL Green on the team's charter flight.

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green , John Anderson