TRACY TO RACE IN EDMONTON WITH VISION RACING
There will be some Canadian flavour when the IndyCar Series stops in Edmonton later this month.
Paul Tracy has been entered into the event, driving the No. 22 Subway sponsored car for Vision Racing.
Derrick Walker will run the team and call race strategy for Tracy, who will be making his first competitive open-wheel start since the Champ Car farewell race at Long Beach back in April. Tracy last raced in an IRL event in 2002 in the hotly disputed Indianapolis 500.
"I've been away for a little while, but I want to be back in a car and this is the first step to getting back," said Tracy. "We have a big job ahead of us but everyone is giving it their best try."
Vision Racing, which is co-owned by IRL founder Tony George, currently fields cars for its regular drivers, Ed Carpenter and A.J. Foyt IV.
George says the deal is presently for the one race but the possibility exists to do additional events. Tracy was left without a ride in the IRL this spring when his Forsythe team decided not to join the IndyCar circuit in the merged open-wheel series.
Tracy has raced in the Edmonton the past three years, finishing fifth in each of the last two years and third in the inaugural event in 2005. However, with the late confirmation of this deal, Tracy is unlikely to get very little, if any, test time prior to the race.
While the former Champ Car teams have struggled to keep pace with the established IRL teams this year, the Edmonton stop should level the playing field somewhat as it will be the first time the IndyCar regulars will compete on the wide-open airfield circuit.
Glad to see that PT will be in the race...but unfortunately...he will nothing more than a back marker with this team!!!