Team Green team mates come together…again

Team KOOL Green team-mates Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy collided for the fourth time in three years at the Target Grand Prix of Chicago, but refused to blame each other afterwards

Team Green team mates come together…again

Franchitti had just passed Tracy for ninth when the incident occurred in turn one. Tracy tried to fight back and got alongside on the inside line but was not far enough ahead to complete the pass. Franchitti didn't see him and turned in, the resulting contact sending both cars spinning into the wall.

"It's a problem we've had in the past and we always talk about it before every race but today it bit us again," said team boss Barry Green. "I don't want to say whose fault it was until I watch the tape."

"Paul and I were discussing it and it sounds like it was just one of those things," admitted a philosophical Franchitti. "It was a racing incident. Right now it's a bit confusing, I'd like to watch the tape and find out what really happened."

"It's largely down to the wing configuration here making it so tough to pass," added Tracy. "I made a move on Dario, it might have been on, it might not. Dario just didn't see me. It's tough for the team and it's frustrating because Dario and I have got together a couple of times now."

Franchitti and Tracy have been team-mates at KOOL Green since the start of 1998. Their first incident was at Gateway that season, where Franchitti spun on the first lap and inadvertently tagged his team-mate.

Then in Houston later in the year, the pair were running one-two until Tracy hit Franchitti while trying a move for the lead. Although Franchitti continued and took the win, Tracy was out with broken suspension and later had a physical disagreement with Green in the pit lane.

Tracy is currently ninth in the championship with 58 points and Franchitti is 10 points behind in 11th.

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