CHAMPCAR/CART: Team KOOL Green heats up south Florida

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team KOOL Green and driver Paul Tracy took advantage of some warm weather Wednesday and Thursday in south Florida to test the 2002 ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team KOOL Green and driver Paul Tracy took advantage of some warm weather Wednesday and Thursday in south Florida to test the 2002 #26 KOOL Honda-Reynard at the 2.17-mile road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Tracy ran 240 flawless miles during the two-day test with an unofficial time quick time of 68.3 seconds. The Team KOOL Green crew worked on finding more mechanical grip by trying variations in the rear geometry along with shock changes. Also turning laps in Homestead were Tony Kanaan, Townsend Bell, Patrick Carpentier and Scott Dixon.

"Overall the test went well, we didn't go as fast as I would have liked because we were working out some kinks in the new KOOL car, but we did learn some things," said Tracy. "We've still got some work to do and there is a little more than a month before the first race at Monterrey, Mexico which makes next week's Sneak Preview testing even more important. I'm confident Steve (Challis, race engineer) and the rest of the guys are already studying the data to see where we can improve."

The 80-degree temperatures also allowed Tracy to assess his off-season conditioning program and team manager Kyle Moyer is really impressed with the results.

"Every time I see Paul he looks to be in better shape. We worked him pretty hard these last few days and he was able to handle it without any problems. He is really dedicated to his new fitness program and you can see it is working."

Following the completion of the test, Team KOOL Green headed back to Indianapolis to prepare for CART Sneak Preview on February 7-10 in Monterey, California. Sneak Preview combines two-days of driver media availability with two-days of on-track testing at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell