TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE DETROIT GRAND PRIX Round 13 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series August 6 - 8 PAUL TRACY, ...
TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE DETROIT GRAND PRIX
Round 13 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series August 6 - 8
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 15th / Finished 7th at the U.S. 500 in 1998 ; 6th in the PPG Cup standings with 90 points)
"Everything is going good at Team KOOL Green right now. All of the elements are there - great engines and tires from Honda and Firestone, Tony Cicale and the rest of the team have a good handle on the chassis setup, and I'm driving as good as I've ever driven. Now we need to take maximum advantage of the current situation and score another win.
"The Detroit circuit certainly offers a challenge, especially since we don't get to test there prior to the race. But Team KOOL Green has shown we're the team to beat on the temporary circuits. We've been fast at all of them and finished one-two a couple of weeks ago on the streets of Toronto. Another finish like that would be just fine with me, although I'd like to be on the top step of the podium this time. I've won in the Motor City before (1994) and I'm aiming to do it again."
DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 8th / Finished 4th at the U.S. 500 in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 116 points)
"I've had great success on the temporary circuits like Detroit, having won at Vancouver, Houston and Toronto. And we didn't do too bad here last year, finishing fourth. Team KOOL Green obviously has a good setup for these types of circuits, and when the car is right I really enjoy driving them. But we can't rest on our past results - no one else is - and we've got to score maximum points if we want to stay in close contention for the championship.
"The Belle Isle track is unique. It has characteristics of both temporary and permanent circuits. It's close to the city and run on regular roads like a temporary circuit. But it's not all 90-degree turns, rather you've got a good mix of fast and slow corners like you'd find at a good permanent track. I know I can get around this track quickly with a clear path in front of me. As a rookie, I led this race for four laps and I had the fastest lap of the race by over a second."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship
Jonny Kane, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (11th in standings with 36 points)
"Winning the pole for Team KOOL Green at the last race in Michigan gave everyone on the team a big boost in confidence, especially myself. I grew up racing on road courses, so it was strange that my first pole should come on an oval, let alone a superspeedway. I would have thought that our chances would have been better at a street circuit like our next race in Detroit. We'll be looking to be on pole again there. I've never seen the course, but I understand that qualifying well is crucial because of the difficulty in passing. I've seen some video of last year's race and it definitely looks tight to me. I'll be pushing hard to get a good starting position and hopefully the pole again."