CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy, Franchitti look for Vancouver win


PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard: @(Started 3rd / Did not finish at Vancouver in 1999; Currently 6th in the standings with 100 points)

"It's no secret I like street courses -- I've won on them all except Vancouver, it's always been a challenge. But Team KOOL Green has always done well on the streets and we seem to be moving in the right direction with the car. If we play it smart, we should score some big points. I do enjoy racing in Vancouver. It's a chance to race in front of some very supportive racing fans. They've always given me a lot of encouragement and taken an interest in my career. I'd really like to give something back to them by breaking through with a win. So far, this has been a season of streaks, where we had the real good start, then went into a slump for a few races and now, hopefully, we're in a stretch where we're putting up points again. We have to maintain that pace in order to keep making our way up the standings."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard: @(Started 4th / Finished 10th at Vancouver in 1999; Currently 13th in the standings with 60 points)

"It's been a few races since we've been on the podium, but that certainly isn't because of a lack of effort by everyone at Team KOOL Green. We've been in the top 10 in qualifying in nine of the last 10 races, including the pole at Road America. We were poised for a win or at least a podium finish there before we ran into some gearbox problems. There isn't much you can do about that, except grit your teeth and hope that your luck will change in the next race. Maybe Vancouver is the place where things will start to turn around and we can get on some kind of roll for the last part of the season. Fortunately, it's a track I've run well at in the past (won from pole in '98) and I always feel like I've got a chance to win when we're racing in the streets."

With the imposing Coastal Mountains rising above North Vancouver on the opposite side of the Fraser River, Vancouver hosted its first Champ Car race in 1990, the second venue of the CART season on Canadian soil. The original 1.704-mile street layout, comprised only seven turns that were either preceded or followed by long sweeping curves that made passing very difficult. After eight years of running on the often-modified bumpy course, centered on the imposing BC Place stadium, the Vancouver temporary street course was moved around in 1998 from the north side of False Creek towards the east and south side of the inlet with 90% of track repaved. Only one small section of the old track -- the long curve on Expo Boulevard -- survived the move.

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