CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Team Kool Green preview

Team Kool Green ready for the streets of Toronto. TORONTO, Ont. - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy heads home to Toronto for this weekend's Molson Indy at Exhibition Place hoping to earn his second win on the downtown streets of the city and his ...

Team Kool Green ready for the streets of Toronto.

TORONTO, Ont. - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy heads home to Toronto for this weekend's Molson Indy at Exhibition Place hoping to earn his second win on the downtown streets of the city and his second victory of the 2002 CART FedEx Champ Car season. Tracy will be joined by teammate Dario Franchitti who currently sits third in the CART standings. Following his third place finishes in Portland and Chicago, Franchitti heads into Toronto looking to step up to the podium for the third race in a row.

26 - Paul Tracy

Started 8th / Finished 6th in Toronto in 2001; currently 8th in the standings with 36 points)

"Toronto is a fun place for me to run. There's a bit more pressure because it's my hometown, but that's all a part of racing and I just go with it. I've had some success here (Paul won Toronto in 1993 and finished second and third respectively in 1999 and 2000) and the goal of course is to get a win here for Team KOOL Green. And personally I'd really like to win again in Canada. The race has stood the test of time in Toronto and everyone knows that it's a great summer week when the Molson Indy is on. There are parties in the street and everyone comes out to have fun. It's become a great tradition."

27 - Dario Franchitti

Started 6th/ Finished 24th in Toronto in 2001; currently 3rd in the standings with 64 points)

"It's great to be going back to Canada. Toronto fans are extremely passionate about Champ Car racing and it's always great fun to see the grandstands packed with supporters. I'm particularly lucky in that the crowd gets behind me, there must be a lot of Scots in Toronto. Of course we're getting close to the mid-point of the season and all of us at Team KOOL Green are extremely focused on doing well here and moving up in the points. If we can get the car working properly early in the weekend, there's no reason why come race day we shouldn't be on the podium. I know I can win here (Dario won Toronto in 1999 after leading all laps) and I'd like to do it again this weekend."

Barry Green - Team Owner

"Street courses can be particularly unforgiving and Toronto is a track where the car has to do everything well. The layout is challenging and is a combination of fast straights and low speed corners. Team KOOL Green has been working hard on understanding the new Lolas and we'll have an opportunity to see how far we've come this weekend. Dario and Paul are both very experienced on this track and have both won the race before. Certainly we'd like to earn another one-two finish for Team KOOL Green in Toronto, we did it in 1999 and we'll work to do it again."

TKG NOTEBOOK

While Paul Tracy is Team KOOL Green's most well known Canadian, several of the Indy-based team members were actually born and raised in the Great White North. Steve Challis, Chief Engineer for Tracy's #26 KOOL-Honda-Lola-Bridgestone racecar is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia; Mark Hunter, Lead Transport Driver for Paul's crew is from Toronto; and Alex Herring, Gearbox Mechanic for Dario Franchitti's #27 KOOL-Honda-Lola-Bridgestone car grew up in Montreal, Quebec.

Since pairing up at Team KOOL Green in 1998 Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti have combined to earn four, one-two finishes at CART races. In 1999 Dario led Paul to the checkered flag at the Molson Indy Toronto, while in 2000 it was Tracy who earned top marks at Molson's sister event in Vancouver. The other two times that Team KOOL Green stepped up in tandem also occurred in 1999. Franchitti won Detroit, then Paul reversed the role in Houston by claiming the 'golden boot' award.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green