CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green U.S. 500 Michigan Preview

TEAM KOOL GREEN AT THE U.S. 500 WHAT: U.S. 500 - Round 12 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series WHEN: July 23 - 25 WHERE: Brooklyn, Michigan PAUL TRACY, ...


WHAT:     U.S. 500 - Round 12 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series
WHEN:     July 23 - 25
WHERE:    Brooklyn, Michigan

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 15th / Finished 9th at the U.S. 500 in 1998 ; 8th in the PPG Cup standings with 76 points)

"I think our chances are as good as anybody's at Michigan. We had a great test there and should have a good setup to work from come Friday morning. We were super competitive at both Michigan and Fontana last year - I led both races. So we just have to make sure the car is reliable for the race, and we've had great reliability so far this year.

"Five hundred-mile races on a superspeedway are a lot more mentally demanding than road course races, because if something goes wrong it's going to be pretty big. From that standpoint, the race is not as much a physical challenge as it is mental. It will be my first 500-mile race with Tony Cicale in the pits. With Tony's expertise - he won the Indy 500 with this team and Jacques (Villeneuve) in 1995, my confidence and the team's confidence is way up."

DARIO FRANCHITTI , #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone: (Started 16th / Finished 21st at the U.S. 500 in 1998 ; 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 106 points)

"Team KOOL Green is clicking on all eight cylinders right now. Going into a race with a one-two finish gives us a lot of momentum. At the same time Michigan is a very, very difficult track and the race will be completely different than at Toronto. I don't think there is much that will be the same on the car by the time we get to Michigan. I think Honda has made big gains in their engine for the superspeedways and Team KOOL Green has shown we can run fast on the superspeedways. Look at our performance last year at Fontana. I had a good car and that was Paul's race to win.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on a superspeedway. Which is kind of a strange thing; something I thought I'd never say! But I enjoy racing with the Handford Device, hopefully I won't hang it out too much. I'd like to finish a 500-mile race; I never have in the three times I've tried. I've had mechanical problems every time."

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Jonny Kane, #27 Team KOOL Green: (12th in standings with 29 points)

"This will be my first time on a superspeedway, so I have very little idea what to expect. I think that while car setup has a little to do with it, it's just flat out all the way around the track and a lot of it comes down to engine and just how free you can get the car to run. After that, the only driver skill involved is drafting, which I haven't had much experience at. I'll be having a word or two with my Team KOOL Green mates Dario and Paul. Especially Paul as he has more experience on this type of track and is recognized as one of the masters of superspeedway racing. Between the two of them, hopefully I can keep the Team KOOL Green car pointed in the right direction. "

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Jonny Kane