CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy, Franchitti chase championship at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI (July 18, 2000) - Michigan Speedway, located in the scenic Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan, has hosted 31 CART events. The two-mile oval has 18-degree banking in the turns, 12 degrees on the front straight and five degrees on...

BROOKLYN, MI (July 18, 2000) - Michigan Speedway, located in the scenic Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan, has hosted 31 CART events. The two-mile oval has 18-degree banking in the turns, 12 degrees on the front straight and five degrees on the back straights. Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti will re-acquaint themselves with the oval this weekend, July 21-23.

PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
(Started 8th / Finished 3rd at Michigan in 1999; Currently 4th in the standings with 73 points)

“The past week has been very emotional with the return home for the Molson Indy Toronto and making it to the podium in front of the home fans. But I don’t expect there will be a letdown, especially since the next race is on the Michigan superspeedway. This is the type of race that really gets your adrenaline flowing. It’s as exciting for the drivers as it is for the fans, with plenty of ups-and-downs and lead changes. The key is to maintain your concentration and composure to be there for the shoot-out at the end.

“It’s nice that Team KOOL Green has some momentum heading into Michigan, with the third-place finish in Toronto. Sitting fourth in the drivers’ standings after the first half of the season isn’t exactly where we want to be, but we’re in the thick of the battle and we should be able to continue our move up the standings. Hopefully, we’ll get on the same kind of roll we did last year, when we finished second in Toronto and had three straight podium finishes after that.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone:
(Started 9th / Finished 5th at Michigan in 1999; Currently 13th in the standings with 44 points)

“It’s frustrating for everyone at Team KOOL Green to put in all the time and energy getting the car setup for the Toronto race and then to have it all go down the drain with an incident on the first lap. But you can’t dwell on the last race. You have to use it as a character-builder and work toward winning the next one. Team KOOL Green has always shown great resiliency in dealing with adversity and coming back strong.

“This year is my fourth visit to the Michigan Speedway and I’m really optimistic that we can get on the podium. Last year, we were in contention right to the end and had to settle for fifth. That was a major improvement over our first two races there, when misfortune struck and we weren’t around at the end of the race. A 500-mile race really puts a lot of things to the test – car reliability, pit-stop efficiency, sound fuel strategy and crew and driver stamina, to name a few. I’m confident that Team KOOL Green has what it takes to run at the front.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti