Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti are hoping to continue the dominance they've displayed in the last two races as they head to Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend for round 16 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series. Tracy...
Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti are hoping to continue the dominance they've displayed in the last two races as they head to Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend for round 16 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series. Tracy is seeking his third win in a row, while teammate Dario Franchitti is chasing his third consecutive pole position.
PAUL TRACY, #26 Team KOOL Green Honda / Reynard:
(Started 11th / Finished 4th at Laguna Seca in 1999; Currently 2nd in the standings with 120 points)
"Our strategy for the balance of the season is simple: We're going to take the bull by the horns and continue to go after it. You won't see Team KOOL Green out there cruising around just trying to collect points. Every point of every race is important at this stage. Fortunately, I've won at four of the remaining five tracks on this year's schedule and I really like racing at all of them. We'll just keep our heads down and stay focused on making the car as good as we can. If we can continue to qualify well and avoid mistakes during the race, we should keep ourselves in position to take the championship home at the end of the season."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 Team KOOL Green Honda / Reynard:
(Started 12th / Finished 25th at Laguna Seca in 1999; Currently 11th in the standings with 78 points)
"Though we still haven't scored that first win this season, I think we've certainly proved we've got the pace to win and it's just a matter of putting it all together on race day. Easier said than done, I guess. But winning back-to-back poles -- and Paul winning back-to-back races -- certainly shows that Team KOOL Green has a handle on things. This part of the season really proves the mettle of the team and driver. And I think myself and the team have proven our ability to score some big points down the home stretch."
ABOUT LAGUNA SECA Laguna Seca Raceway was originally a nine-turn 1.9-mile road course built in 1957 among rolling sandy hills high above Monterey Bay. Throughout the years, the track has been updated to comply with the World Motorcycle Federation (FIM) and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) international competition and safety standards. In 1988, the track was expanded to an 11-turn 2.214-mile road course with 1 esse, 4 right and 6 left turns. The track layout was later modified twice in 1995 and 1999, still with 11 turns. Laguna Seca Raceway boasts the largest elevation change in the shortest distance of any race course in the world. The Corkscrew (turn 8) has a drop off equivalent to a five-story building. The elevation range is 180 feet and the track runs counterclockwise. It is one of the world's most challenging road courses.