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Tracy to do Indy with KVRT?

Paul Tracy may still be unable to convince sponsors to back a full-time return to the IndyCar Series, but he could be confirmed as an entry for next month's Indianapolis 500 as early as this weekend.

The Canadian has already been linked to a possible seat at KV Race Technology this season, and the Indianapolis Star speculates that the pair could team up for the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar, suggesting that a news conference is planned for the opening day of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Having missed all but one race of the first year of unification, when former team Forsythe Racing decided not to follow through on an entry, Tracy approached KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser about the possibility of a ride in 2009. KVRT, however, turned out at St Petersburg with just one car, for second-year driver Mario Moraes, after the necessary backing to field anyone - let alone Tracy - proved hard to come by.

The 'Thrill from West Hill' managed a single 2008 outing, in a joint Vision/Walker Racing effort at the inaugural Edmonton IRL round with backing from fast food chain Subway, but has yet to return, despite finishing fourth last July.

Tracy, who turned 40 at the end of last year, has not had the happiest of relationships with Indianapolis, with the last of his five appearances coming, amid controversy, in 2002.

The Canadian was classified as finishing second behind Penske's Helio Castroneves, but appealed the ruling that he, and not the Brazilian, had been in front at the time of an accident involving Buddy Lazier and Laurent Redon. Adjudging Tracy to have assumed control of the race after the yellows came out, Indy Racing League founder Tony George upheld Brian Barnhart's ruling, giving Castroneves his second 500 win.

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Don - Unregistered

April 14, 2009 9:56 PM

Tracy's getting a bit gray, but he can still drive the wheels off an open wheel car! I hope he lands a deal for not only the 500, but the balance of the season. He'd really spice things up!

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