Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to Road America this weekend hoping to repeat their past success at the picturesque circuit. Tracy earned his first Champ Car pole at Road America in 1992, then followed it up with a...
Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti head to Road America this weekend hoping to repeat their past success at the picturesque circuit.
Tracy earned his first Champ Car pole at Road America in 1992, then followed it up with a win from the pole in 1993 before earning his third consecutive pole position at the track in 1994. Franchitti, meanwhile, scored the first of his six career CART wins at the 1998 race at Road America.
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard:
(Started 9th / Finished 11th at Elkhart Lake in 1999; Currently 7th in the standings with 80 points)
“As race tracks go, Road America is about as good as it gets – fast corners, slow corners, long straights, elevation changes and several good opportunities to pass. When you’ve got a good setup on the car, it’s a real kick to drive.”
“We’re at the stage of the schedule where we really need to reach back for something extra to get back in contention. Even though we had some misfortune and weren’t able to finish at Mid-Ohio, the KOOL car was running well and that’s a positive that we can take into Road America. The recent setbacks are frustrating but they haven’t shaken our determination.”
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard:
(Started 7th / Did not finish at Elkhart Lake in 1999; Currently 13th in the standings with 58 points)
“Road America is my favorite track in the CART series, although it’s been feast or famine for me since I started racing there three years ago. Sandwiched between a couple of DNFs is the win two years ago, my first in CART and first with Team KOOL Green. I’m hoping that if it follows the same pattern, this is the year for another win. The two-day test we had at Road America earlier this month was very encouraging. Our times were more than respectable and the Team KOOL Green crew was able to acquire some valuable information that should be a big help for qualifying and race set-up.”
“The priority right now is to get that first win of the season under our belts. All of the guys at Team KOOL Green have done such a great job preparing a competitive car in recent races, only to be dogged by some bad luck that prevented us from finishing. We just have to keep plugging away, and if we do that we’re going to have a race where everything falls into place.”
ABOUT ROAD AMERICA:
- Built in 1955, Road America covers 525 acres in a picturesque rural environment. The first event was held in September and the feature of a seven-race program was won by Phil Hill driving a Ferrari.
- Each of the turns has a different radius ranging from 100 feet in Corner 5 to 725 feet in Corner 11. The front straight is 3,600 feet long and the back one, including the Moraine Sweep, is 2,400 feet long. The track elevation is 175 feet from its highest point in Corner 1 to the lowest in Corner 11A.
- Mexican driver Hector Rebaque won the inaugural CART race in 1982, the first time a non-American driver won a CART event.
- Road America holds the record for hosting the longest Champ Car race in history. The race began on September 1, 1986 and was red-flagged after three laps. It was continued on October 4, 1986 making the race time 31 days, 1 hour, 26 minutes and 42 seconds.