CHAMPCAR/CART: Team KOOL Green at Gateway Preview

WHAT: Motorola 300 – Round 6 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: May 21-23 WHERE: Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois (metropolitan St. Louis) WHO: Paul Tracy, ...

WHAT: Motorola 300 – Round 6 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series

WHEN: May 21-23

WHERE: Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois (metropolitan St. Louis)

WHO: Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Naoki Hattori, #27 Team KOOL Green Indy Lights

Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (Started 2nd / Finished 1st at Gateway in 1997; Currently 10th overall with 20 points)

ON THIS YEAR’S RACE: “It’s anybody’s race, that’s for sure. We’re running the smaller speedway-type wings this year, so nobody is certain how their car will run in traffic and race conditions. Fortunately, Team KOOL Green has a good basic setup and I’m confident that we’ll have a good car come race day.”

ON THE GATEWAY OVAL: “You tend to like any track you win at, but I think Gateway is one of the best short ovals I’ve ever raced on. It’s smooth and wide, which makes for lots of passing and wide-open racing.”

ON LAST SEASON’S RACE: “There was no way he (Patrick Carpentier) was going to get away from me. I was picking cars off one-by-one as I got faster throughout the race. Patrick was trying to conserve fuel and I was able to get a good run on him along the front straightaway. The fans must have ate it up!”

Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (Started 8th / Finished 17th at Gateway in 1997; Currently 8th overall with 26 points)

ON THIS YEAR’S RACE: “We’re starting to build a little momentum at Team KOOL Green, what with finishing second at Long Beach and winning the pole in Brazil. We seem to gain a little each time we go out in the car and it is only a matter of time before we grab that first win. And it would only be fitting for me to do it here at Gateway since this is where I led my first Champ Car race.”

ON LAST SEASON’S RACE: “I have unfinished business that I need to take care of at Gateway. Last season we were leading the race and pulling away, all while running a very conservative pace. Then the gearbox exploded with 27 laps to go – bang – it was all over. I’ll be trying to finish the job this time around.”

Naoki Hattori, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20 (PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship): (Started 12th / Finished 23rd at Gateway in 1997; Currently 5th overall with 20 points)

“Last season was my first racing on ovals and it has taken some time to get comfortable. We’ve done a lot of testing on ovals this year, including two days at Gateway, and we’re starting to develop some consistency and it is showing in the results.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Naoki Hattori