WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN -- Team KOOL Green is set to master The Milwaukee Mile as drivers Paul Tracy, two-time winner at the historic track, and Dario Franchitti each hope to score an oval track win before the CART FedEx Championship Series returns...
WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN -- Team KOOL Green is set to master The Milwaukee Mile as drivers Paul Tracy, two-time winner at the historic track, and Dario Franchitti each hope to score an oval track win before the CART FedEx Championship Series returns to road racing for the next four events.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 6th / Finished 15th at Milwaukee in 2000; currently tied for 3rd in the standings with 40 points)
"It's turning out to be a typical CART points battle again this year, and we need to go in to Milwaukee and hopefully get back some of what we lost at Motegi. You're going to have a DNF or two throughout the season, and you just have to put it aside and go on, and not let it affect your focus and concentration. The Mile has always been a great track for both me and Team KOOL Green - I've led almost every race I've ever run there and I won twice, so we know we can get the job done."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 2nd / Finished 6th at Milwaukee in 2000; currently 11th in the standings with 17 points)
"We've scored points in every race but Japan, so we're doing some things right. Honestly, Iain (Watt, chief engineer) and the boys have given me a good car for the races and the crew has been awesome on the stops, we just have not scored the big points we need to be further up in the championship. I've always run well at Milwaukee, my qualifying and race record there is probably the best of any oval we run. Team KOOL Green definitely has a handle on oval-track setups, and the cars they've given me at the last two races have been great - the best I've had."
KYLE MOYER, TEAM MANAGER:
"Certainly I'd like to see Team KOOL Green 1-2 in the points at this time, but I can't say I'm terribly disappointed with the performance of either Paul (Tracy) or Dario (Franchitti). Paul got off to a tremendous start this season. I think he's done an amazing job of balancing some real patient driving with his typical aggressiveness when it counts. As for Dario, I think he's just caught a few bad breaks on race day. He led at both Mexico and Japan and we're coming into the part of the schedule that he can make up some ground quickly."
Racing the "Mile" is one of the highlights of the CART racing season for Team KOOL Green.
"There's so much history here," says Paul Tracy who drives the team's #26 Honda/Reynard. "It's hard not to feel attached to the track. When you think about all the great names that have been here, it makes you feel grateful you have a chance to follow in their footsteps." According to the track, Champ Cars, also known as the "Big Cars" at that time, made their first appearance at the Mile for a 100-mile race on July 17, 1933. Mauri Rose put his car on the pole with a speed of 82.76 mph. That's a far cry from last year's second best qualifying speed of 176.184, posted by TKG's Tracy.
WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin
WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2001
TV SCHEDULE: Saturday, June 2 (All times EDT) Qualifying 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 Sunday, June 3 CART 2Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Race 3:00 p.m. ABC
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: (All times CDT) Friday, June 1 9:45 - 11:45 Champ Car Practice 1:30 - 3:15 Champ Car Practice Saturday, June 2 9:30 - 10:15 Champ Car Practice Group 1 10:30 - 11:15 Champ Car Practice Group 2 1:30 - 3:00 Champ Car Qualifying Sunday, June 3 11:00 - 11:30 Champ Car Warm Up 3:00 Champ Car Race