Paul Tracy "Laguna Seca is a difficult track to get the car set up for because it throws so many different things at you. You have to make sacrifices in some of the slower turns because you need to be able to carry as much speed as possible...
"Laguna Seca is a difficult track to get the car set up for because it throws so many different things at you. You have to make sacrifices in some of the slower turns because you need to be able to carry as much speed as possible through the fast corners. But it's the same for everyone, so it's up to the drivers and the engineers to work together to get it right. I've got a lot of confidence in Steve Challis (chief engineer) and the rest of the Team KOOL Green engineers to give me a car that will run up front. I've had a couple wins at Laguna, but it's been a while and I'd sure like to score another one."
"Laguna Seca is a tough, tough track to race on, which makes qualifying especially important. I've qualified well there, and not so well, and believe me, it can make a big difference. It's certainly a very challenging place to get the car working properly -- you've got a good combination of fast and slow corners and, of course, there are lots of elevation changes. Team KOOL Green has been giving me a good car and the Honda engines have just been fantastic. But we need to keep the momentum going and earn as many points as we can to try to put some pressure on the point leaders."
Immediately following the Houston race this past Sunday, TKG loaded up its two transporters and began the 1,800-mile / 25-hour trip to Monterey, California. When the convoy arrives on Tuesday morning, the crew will spend the entire day setting up in the paddock and taking care of all of the minor details such as ensuring that team uniforms are sent for dry cleaning. Once TKG mechanics arrive on Wednesday, the team will work all day to turn the cars around, switching from the Houston street circuit configuration, to a setup designed for maximum performance on the challenging Laguna Seca road course.
Some of the modifications include:
·Changing Honda motors on all four cars
·Internal adjustments to the gearboxes in order optimize the cars on the quicker Laguna Seca circuit
·Chassis setup changes to maximize the cars performance
The team will also attend to the work it normally does in the shop between races, such as putting fresh pieces on the car including uprights, halfshafts, driveshafts, turbos and exhausts. On Thursday TKG will finish up the work on the KOOL Honda Reynards and take the cars to be scrutineered.