CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Nazareth Review

PAUL TRACY TURNS IN SOLID FIFTH-PLACE PERFORMANCE AT NAZARETH 1998 CART FedEx Championship: Round 4 - Nazareth - 27 April, 13:45:00 NAZARETH, Pa. - Team...

PAUL TRACY TURNS IN SOLID FIFTH-PLACE PERFORMANCE AT NAZARETH 1998 CART FedEx Championship: Round 4 - Nazareth - 27 April, 13:45:00 NAZARETH, Pa. - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy finished fifth trying to close the gap behind race winner Jimmy Vasser, who crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds in front of teammate Alex Zanardi, while Greg Moore finished third. Vasser gambled and won on a two-stop pit strategy, as the native of California was able to conserve fuel during seven yellow flags that totaled 78 laps. The final caution set up a sprint to the finish with Vasser in the lead followed by his Italian teammate Zanardi and Moore >from Canada. Neither driver could close the gap, nor could Tracy of Las Vegas, Nev., close on Gil de Ferran of Brazil who finished fourth. Vasser's victory was his first of the season and sixth of his career. Tracy's teammate Dario Franchitti of Pompano Beach, Fla., was not as fortunate today, as his race ended on the 80th lap when he was forced to brake suddenly and his car slid into a wall. Moore now leads the point standings with 51, holding a one-point edge on Zanardi with 50. Alex Fernandez of Mexico, the points leaders heading into the race, is third with 41, failing to pick up any points with a DNF. Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone): (Started 10th / Finished 5th in the race; Overall standings 10th with 20 points) "It was an okay day. We need to work on our pit stops some more. We did okay on the track; we were running the same pace as everybody else. The last stop was a little slow and cost us a couple of positions out of the pits and it stayed that way. Everybody was running good and there was no way to get around them. The Team KOOL Green car was balanced and pretty consistent through the fuel runs. It was just a matter of waiting for a group of traffic to try and make up some spots." Barry Green, Team KOOL Green Owner, on Paul Tracy: "Paul drove a heck of a race. Vasser took a bit of a gamble going with only two stops and it paid off. We had a couple of problems in the pits and that made it a little harder on Paul, but it was still a great day. I'm glad to see Dario is okay and we're looking forward to Rio Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone): (Started 17th / Finished 21st; contact on lap 80; Overall standings 6th with 25 points) "I had a big push and couldn't get up close to anybody. The team made some changes on the first stop and it was a bit better. But traffic backed up on me just after the restart and when I tried to slow the car going into turn three the back end came around and I hit the wall." Kim Green, Team KOOL Green general manager, on Dario Franchitti: "I was disappointed we couldn't move further forward at the beginning of the race, but the car had a bit more understeer than we wanted. We fixed some of it on the first stop with some front wing and tire pressure. Dario had just gotten back up to speed on the restart when the traffic in front of him backed up at turn three. He was already committed to the corner and it was either run into the back of the car in front of him or get it slowed down. When he got on the brakes the back end came around and he backed it into the wall."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Kim Green , Barry Green , Greg Moore