Team Kool Green Set To Continue Winning Ways In Streets Of Toronto TORONTO - Fresh from the first win of the season in Cleveland, Team KOOL Green is set to make it two in a row as drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy return to the scene of...
Team Kool Green Set To Continue Winning Ways In Streets Of Toronto
TORONTO - Fresh from the first win of the season in Cleveland, Team KOOL Green is set to make it two in a row as drivers Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy return to the scene of one of their more memorable finishes (1-2 in 1999) for the Molson Indy at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 12th / Finished 3rd at Toronto in 2000; currently 11th in the standings with 40 points)
"It has been a tough stretch for us lately but we turned things around at Toronto last year with a podium finish, and we are sure going to try and do it again. We have had strong cars everywhere we've been this year but racing luck has been holding us back. Don't look for Team KOOL Green to give up though, Toronto is a tough street track with a great atmosphere and I expect us to turn this luck around."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(Started 5th / Finished 25th at Toronto in 2000; currently 3rd in the standings with 65 points)
"Team KOOL Green has been able to put together some really good races of late and we need to keep the momentum going. Toronto's one of the tracks where the car has to do everything well. It has to be able to brake well, it has to be able to steer well without too much understeer yet it has to have good traction. So you can't be weak in any of those departments. The layout is a challenge because its got a combination of fairly fast straights and low speed corners so it is difficult to hit the setup just right. This is definitely a rhythm course that takes a lot of concentration."
While thousands of race fans at the Molson Indy will be cheering on TKG's own Paul Tracy, who is a native of the Toronto suburbs, Metro's finest weren't quite as welcoming when PT made a promotional appearance for the Indy a month ago. Seems Paul, who was behind the wheel of a fire engine red Viper, entertained the local paparazzi with some smokin' donuts which kind of miffed the boys in blue. When asked if he had a permit to perform stunts at Exhibition Place, Paul replied that he was sure the organizers of his event would know that kind of thing. Smooth move.
TKG is looking to make it back onto the Toronto podium for the third year in a row. In 1999 Dario Franchitti led every lap en route to a TKG 1-2 finish, while last year PT crossed the line third.
PT's transport driver Mark Hunter also returns home to Toronto this weekend. Mark is the son of Canada's "Country Gentleman," the great Tommy Hunter, whose show ran on CBC television for 27 years.
Canadian National Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario
Sunday, July 15, 2001
Saturday, July 14 (All times EDT)
Qualifying 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ESPN2
Sunday, July 15
CART 2Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Race 1:00 p.m. ESPN
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: (All times local)
Friday, July 13
9:30 - 11:15 Champ Car Practice
1:30 - 3:00 Champ Car Practice
Saturday, July 14
10:15 - 11:30 Champ Car Practice
1:45 - 2:15 Champ Car Qualifying Group 1
2:30 - 3:00 Champ Car Qualifying Group 2
Sunday, July 15
9:00 - 9:30 Champ Car Warm Up
1:00 Champ Car Race