PAUL TRACY, ...
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 6th / Finished 2nd at Toronto in 1999; Currently 5th in the standings with 59 points)
“No matter how many times I’ve been racing in Toronto, I still get that special feeling knowing that I’m back home seeing a lot of familiar faces and meeting with Canadian racing fans. One of the highlights, of course, was winning there in 1993. And then last year was almost like a dream year for Team KOOL Green in Toronto, with Dario and I pulling off a 1-2 finish. Accomplishing a 1-2 finish two years in a row is obviously a big challenge but Team KOOL Green is up for it. We not only want to defend our championship in Toronto but we want to get back to the kind of success we were having in the series earlier this season.
“Despite the problems we’ve run into lately, we still have a very positive attitude that things are going to turn around soon. Toronto would be the ideal place to start. The Team KOOL Green crew has consistently been able to deliver a competitive car on that street course and that adds to our confidence going into this year’s race.”
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 2nd / Finished 1st at Toronto in 1999; Currently 13th in the standings with 44 points)
“Toronto has to be right up there as one of my favorite tracks on the CART circuit, not only because I’ve been really fast there but I really like the layout, the city, the fans and the whole festive atmosphere that’s part of the race weekend in Toronto. Plus, there’s pretty big Italian and Scottish communities there and they’ve always given me a lot of support.
“After winning the pole in Toronto my first two times there and then running into some bad luck that prevented me from finishing both of the races, it was nice to have everything fall into place last year, with a second in qualifying and then winning the race. That was my first win of the season and we were able to really feed off that because we had three podiums, including a win, in the four races after Toronto. The Toronto race was a big turning point in the season and, hopefully, the same thing will happen this year.”
BARRY GREEN, TEAM KOOL GREEN OWNER
“As we hit the midway point of the season, we obviously would have liked to put up some better results than we have through the first nine races. But you can’t dwell on the past. You have to look at each race as a learning process and go from there. Things can turn around in a hurry, as we saw last year when we had the 1-2 finish in Toronto and had five podiums in the next three races. The fact that there’s been eight different winners in the nine races so far means that no one is really pulling away in the standings and there’s such a long way to go, you can really make some progress with a string of good races. We’re confident our time is going to come.”