CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Houston Preview

WHAT: Texaco Grand Prix of Houston -- Round 17 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: October 2 -- 4 WHERE: Houston Street Circuit TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE TEXACO GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON PAUL TRACY, ...

WHAT: Texaco Grand Prix of Houston -- Round 17 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series

WHEN: October 2 -- 4

WHERE: Houston Street Circuit

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE TEXACO GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (Currently 13th overall with 61 PPG Cup points; 110 Career Starts, 13 Wins, 12 Poles)

"We'll do one more test at Firebird (Ariz.) on Monday and Tuesday of race week, so we should be in decent shape when we hit the streets of Houston for the first time on Friday morning. Then it will be a race to see who can best adjust their car and driving to suit the track. Practice will be twice as important as normal and if you don't qualify near the front of the grid, it will be a long, long race as you fight your way through the field."

"There has been talk about racing in Houston ever since I've been in CART, so it's great that we're finally racing there. I was in Houston recently and was impressed with how far along they were with construction. The streets were repaved several months ago, most of the grandstands are up and a lot of the barriers and fencing are already in place. Houston race fans have waited a long time for this event and they won't be disappointed."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (Currently 4th overall with 122 PPG Cup points; 32 Career Starts, 2 Wins, 5 Poles )

"I'm looking forward to Houston probably more than other drivers. I enjoy the challenge of learning a new circuit quickly, and I always seem to do well on street courses. From a car standpoint, Don Halliday (technical director) and the rest of the Team KOOL Green crew have developed a great setup for street circuits, so it should just be a matter of doing some fine tuning in practice and qualifying."

"I got a brief look at the street circuit when I was in Houston for a media tour and I think it could be a good race track. The streets were wide and smooth and it looks like the best passing opportunity will be under braking for Turn 5 at the end of the long back straight (Austin St.). Of course, like any street circuit, it will be hard on brakes and you'll have to be constantly thinking about saving them."

MATT SIELSKY, #15 LCI SWIFT-TOYOTA (KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP): (Team Green Academy Class of '96/'97 Graduate; Currently 7th overall with 102 points)

"I have mixed emotions heading to Houston. I'm looking forward to the race, but I hate to see the season end. As a rookie, it's good we're finishing the season on a track that no one has raced on before because that tends to level the playing field a little bit. The key for me is to stay focused and make the most of our limited track time."

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