CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Pleased with Phoenix Test

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Jan. 27, 2000) - Team KOOL Green conducted two fast and successful days of testing at Phoenix International Raceway on January 25 and 26. Paul Tracy completed nearly 350 laps of the one-mile oval and turned a best time of 20.5s...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Jan. 27, 2000) - Team KOOL Green conducted two fast and successful days of testing at Phoenix International Raceway on January 25 and 26. Paul Tracy completed nearly 350 laps of the one-mile oval and turned a best time of 20.5s during the test, which caught the attention of many leading contenders in the FedEx Championship Series.

"The car went well straight off the trailer," said team manager/crew chief Tony Cotman. "We concentrated on tire testing for Firestone on Tuesday. Although the car had a little too much push, the overall grip level was high and Paul lapped consistently in the mid-20s with a best lap of 20.6s."

Wednesday morning saw Tracy complete two sixty lap runs, and turn several laps in succession at 20.5s, before high winds and dust curtailed the test for Team KOOL Green. Although a number of teams equaled, and in some cases, bettered his best laps at the end of the day, Tracy was pleased with the results of the test.

"We worked on the chassis set-up and tried some different spring and roll bar combinations that improved the balance," he said. "We made some good gains and came away with a good understanding of how the car works in short oval trim."

Phoenix was the first opportunity for Team KOOL Green to test the short oval Handford MkII Device rear wing. In contrast to the high drag/low downforce Handford Device which they tested on the 1.5 mile Homestead oval earlier this month, the mile oval version (which will be used at Nazareth, Rio, Milwaukee and Chicago as well as the Road America road course) produces both more downforce and more drag.

"They might look ugly," said Tracy, "but I think they're doing a pretty good job...I mean the wings, not the Team KOOL Green crew. Of course the crew's doing a great job too."

"The added downforce makes the car feel a lot like it did when we last raced at Phoenix in 1995. You can take different lines and the car 'sticks.' I ran behind a couple of other cars and the turbulence didn't upset my car very much. I think they'll create a lot better racing on the short ovals this year than we had in 1999."

Although Team KOOL Green wrapped-up its on track activities on Wednesday, today was a busy day for the crew, as they reported to PIR at 3 a.m. to take part in a sun-rise photography session for a Honda Prelude advertisement. Team KOOL Green's next test is scheduled for February 5-6 at Sebring with Dario Franchitti.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti