Paul Tracy's latest foray into the IndyCar Series will last a little longer than his first, after the veteran was able to confirm that he will add the two Canadian races on the 2009 schedule to his appearance in this weekend's Indianapolis 500.
With just three days to go before he returns to the biggest race on the US open-wheel calendar, Tracy's name was added to the entry for both the Edmonton and Toronto races in July, where KV Racing Technology will field a second car alongside its regular entry for Brazilian Mario Moraes.
"Paul is one of the greatest and most exciting drivers in the history of the sport and has shown here at Indianapolis that he still has what it takes to be competitive," KVRT co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven reasoned, "We look forward to having him drive for KVRT in front of his countrymen."
The two events - scheduled for 12 July and 26 July respectively - were always a key focus for Tracy as he attempted to make a return to front-line racing, but will now form part of a limited programme for the 'Thrill from West Hill' as he continues to seek the budget for further additions to his schedule. Although his 18 seasons in the CART and Champ Car series yielded 25 pole positions, 102 top five finishes and 31 victories - including two in Toronto from 1993 and 2003 - Tracy has but one start in the IndyCar Series, courtesy of a combined Walker/Vision entry that led to fourth place in Edmonton last year.
"I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for the opportunity to continue my career and race in my home country," the veteran admitted, "I feel very fortunate to be able to race in front of my hometown fans with a very competitive team. KVRT has shown that it can compete with the top teams in the series, and I am confident that we will have strong performances at both the Canadian races."
Tracy's Indianapolis assault is being backed by insurance giant GEICO, but there has been no announcement as to likely backers for the #15 entry in its additional races.
"I am very excited that KVRT is going to be able to give Paul the opportunity to continue his career, especially at the Canadian races," KVRT co-owner Vasser concluded, "Paul is a tremendous talent and he has shown us here at Indy that he still have the competitive fire to be successful on the race track. I just think it is fantastic that his fans, especially those in Canada, will get the opportunity to see the 'Thrill from West Hill' again."