Lousiville, KY (December 9. 1998) Barry Green confirmed today that Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will return to compete for Team KOOL Green in the CART FedEx Championship Series in 1999. Tracy signed a three-year agreement while Franchitti has...
Lousiville, KY (December 9. 1998) Barry Green confirmed today that Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will return to compete for Team KOOL Green in the CART FedEx Championship Series in 1999. Tracy signed a three-year agreement while Franchitti has committed for two more years with the team - the 1999 and 2000 racing seasons.
"Having Paul and Dario return as our drivers will make Team KOOL Green even stronger for next season," said Green.
Tracy, a 29-year-old, has achieved 13 career victories. Franchitti, 25, earned his first win (the first for the KOOL team at the Champ Car level) at Elkhart Lake, Wis., in August, then followed immediately with a victory at Vancouver, B.C. and then had yet another victory in the inaugural Houston Grand Prix. He finished third in the overall championship and earned five pole positions during this season - the most of any single driver.
Green also announced that Jonny Kane, a 25-year-old native of Ireland, will truly be 'wearing of the green,' as he has joined the team and will compete in the Indy Lights program.
"Based on his past success and other indicators, Jonny should prove to be a very successful addition to the team," Green said. "Jonny has been a champion in every formula he has contested during his career which began with the 1990 season. His 1996 and 1997 achievements were typical."
In 1996, Kane was third overall in the British F3, with three wins, five poles, and five fastest laps; also that year, he finished second overall in the Marlboro Masters of F3, known as the unofficial European F3 title race. All of these accomplishments were achieved while Kane was driving for Paul Stewart Racing.
Last year, Kane won the British F3 championship, earning three wins, four poles and four fastest laps, again all with Paul Stewart Racing. This year, Kane attempted to compete in F3000, but budget restraints cut his season short.
Green commented that "Success has come quickly for KOOL when you consider this is only the company's third year sponsoring open-wheel racing and only the second in the FedEx Championship Series for the PPG cup. KOOL was involved in Indy Lights in 1996.
"The successes achieved are remarkable when compared with those of other sponsors who have accomplished much less despite significantly longer involvement in major sponsorships."
Green pointed out that "any motorsport team program, if it intends to be successful over time, must devote a good deal of effort to developing drivers.
"In that regard, we feel that our driver development program, as conducted in the past, produced some very impressive future Champ Car divers. Having achieved excellent results with that approach, we are now revising our objectives.
"Specifically, in the near future all of our available driver development resources will be directed towards assisting one or two of the most outstanding prospects realize their full potential. These prospects will receive the team's complete support."