CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Nazareth Preview

PAUL TRACY AND DARIO FRANCHITTI ARE READY TO RUN FAST AT NAZARETH NAZARETH, Pa. - Led by the defending race champion Paul Tracy of Las Vegas, Nev., and Dario Franchitti of Pompano Beach, Fla., Team...

PAUL TRACY AND DARIO FRANCHITTI ARE READY TO RUN FAST AT NAZARETH NAZARETH, Pa. - Led by the defending race champion Paul Tracy of Las Vegas, Nev., and Dario Franchitti of Pompano Beach, Fla., Team KOOL Green likes its chances on the 1-mile oval at the Nazareth Speedway, April 24-26. Team KOOL Green's testing on Wednesday, April 8th at Nazareth saw Tracy run 165 laps, posting a best lap of 18.65 seconds. Franchitti, who finished second at the last race in Long Beach, Calif., completed 105 laps in the test with a fast lap of 19.2 seconds. Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone): (started 1st; finished 1st at Nazareth in 1997; currently ranked 13th with 10 points) I've done 20,000 laps here, so I guess you could say I know this track better than anyone on the planet. We'll try to get all the speed we can get out of the KOOL car, but I'm not sure how much quicker we can go. I think the pole is going to be in the low 18-second range." "Winning this race is very important for me for a lot of reasons. First, I can't think of better wedding present for my new wife Liisa. This is also where everything began to click for me last season, so there's the honor of successfully defending a race win. And, let's face it I need to score some points to get into the championship race." Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone): (started 18th; finished 13th at Nazareth in 1997; currently ranked 4th with 25 points) "I'm looking forward to scoring some more points here to stay in the fight for the championship. I certainly expect to do better than 18th on the grid and a 13th place finish like last year. I'm more familiar and a lot more comfortable with the track after the testing we did. I went quicker than my qualifying time from last year and I know we can go faster yet." "Paul told me that I need to carry more speed around the track. It may sound like an obvious sort of tip, but he has shown me where I can get it done on the track. Having a veteran like Paul, who knows this track so well, is a tremendous advantage for Team KOOL Green."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti