Team KOOL Green heads to Road America for this weekend's Motorola 220 with a clear goal: repeat the clean sweep they enjoyed there last year, when Dario Franchitti claimed the pole with a record lap and teammate Paul Tracy scored the win in a ...
Team KOOL Green heads to Road America for this weekend's Motorola 220 with a clear goal: repeat the clean sweep they enjoyed there last year, when Dario Franchitti claimed the pole with a record lap and teammate Paul Tracy scored the win in a dramatic come-from-behind run.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 7th / Finished 1st at Road America in 2000; currently 9th in the standings with 65 points)
"It's going to take a good, consistent car to do well at Road America. The ideal situation is to qualify up front and have a fast car, and we can win the race. We did it last year from the back, but it's definitely not what you like to do. It was just one of those days where the KOOL car was perfect and I drove flat-out. Hopefully we can replicate that this weekend. We've been gathering some points lately and making up some ground in the championship, and that's what our goal continues to be, just keep focusing on the big picture."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 1st / Finished 12th at Road America in 2000; currently 4th in the standings with 81 points)
"I enjoy the driving side of Elkhart a lot. As well, I think it's a great place, a fantastic atmosphere. The fans are pretty cool and it's a nice part of the country. I enjoy being there very much. It was great to be on the pole last year and although my race didn't go quite as planned, Team KOOL Green had a great weekend with Paul taking the win. This year, I'd gladly give the pole to my teammate if I can come away with the win."
Team KOOL Green returns to Road America this weekend with titles to defend. Dario Franchitti owns the track qualifying record (which he set last year en route to the pole position), while Paul Tracy is the defending race winner. Paul earned a dramatic, come from behind victory in 2000 after an electronics problem forced him down into the 23rd position on the pace lap. His charge through the field to finish on top was considered even more exceptional due to the fact that he took the checkered flag a startling 7.45 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
"I really didn't expect to win last year after I had the electronics problem on the pace lap and dropped all the way to the back. At that point, I was just hoping to get some points out of the race. I put my head down and pushed as hard as I could. Once I got into the lead, the crew called me on the radio and told me to back off a little bit. It was a great race on a great race track."
WHERE: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
WHEN: Sunday, August 19, 2001
TV SCHEDULE: Sunday, August 19 (All times EDT) Qualifying 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. ESPN2 Sunday, August 19 CART 2Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Race 1:00 p.m. ESPN
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: (All times local - CDT) Friday, August 17 9:30 - 11:15 Champ Car Practice 1:45 - 3:15 Champ Car Practice Saturday, August 18 10:00 - 11:15 Champ Car Practice 1:45 - 2:15 Champ Car Qualifying Group 1 2:30 - 3:00 Champ Car Qualifying Group 2 Sunday, August 19 9:00 - 9:30 Champ Car Warm Up 12:00 Champ Car Race