CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Firebird testing

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Driver Paul Tracy and Team KOOL Green invaded Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., for two days of road course testing, Sunday and Monday, January 21-22. Tracy consistently lapped the 1.2-mile facility in the 47-second ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Driver Paul Tracy and Team KOOL Green invaded Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., for two days of road course testing, Sunday and Monday, January 21-22. Tracy consistently lapped the 1.2-mile facility in the 47-second range.

Sunday saw perfect weather conditions for Team KOOL Green and the team ran 118 miles, while Monday's cooler temperatures and high winds limited the test to only 83 miles. Tracy ran a fast lap of 47.38 seconds early on Monday, which was among the quickest of the test. During the course of the two-day test Team KOOL Green focused mainly on set-up but as the winds picked up late Monday afternoon the team turned their attention to systems tests that weren't adversely affected by the winds.

"This was a good test for Team KOOL Green," said team manager Kyle Moyer. "Paul and the team pushed hard and with the reliability and consistency of the Honda Reynard we got all of our goals accomplished. We were able to gather good data and learn a lot about the 2001 car, which at this point in the testing season is very valuable."

"We were able to get a lot accomplished, over the last two days at Firebird, " said Paul Tracy, driver of the No. 26 KOOL Honda Reynard. "My new engineer, Steve Challis, and I are really beginning to gel. Steve and the crew were able to make the car better every time we went out and we went through both days with no mechanical problems."

Team KOOL Green will spend Tuesday converting the car to an oval track configuration for testing at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday.

TKG

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy