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Tracy has mixed emotions about possible Bourdais return.

"If [co-owner] Jimmy [Vasser] had to say 'no', there are other potential openings, other shifts in the driver market. For example, there's a big question mark over possible vacancies at Andretti Green Racing. People have asked whether I would get on with Michael Andretti, and I realise we had our problems back in the '90s, but we got on fine when we were team-mates at Team Green/Andretti-Green in 2001-'02 - and I did everything asked of me at Toronto, and that was an Andretti Green Promotions race. That's all you can do, act in a professional way.

"I'm older now, I'm a different person than I was ten or 15 years ago. I like Tony Kanaan and, [while] I don't really know Marco [Andretti], I'd be happy to help with set-ups and stuff like that. From green light to chequered flag on raceday, I'm a selfish SOB but, through the rest of the weekend, I can be a team player, share data and feedback, and so on.

"The stupid thing is [that] the Indy Racing League are gonna need me to help sell tickets for the Canadian races next year, but to not drive on a road course for a year (like I did from Edmonton 2008 to Watkins Glen '09) won't help my cause – or the spectator numbers, because the Canadian fans will see it as a PR stunt.

"It's one thing doing Indy for a whole month; you can do a decent job there because you've got a lot of time to dedicate to getting the car how you want it, and getting yourself race-sharp, [but] it's only gonna get harder and harder to parachute me in for two races and expect me to do well. I'm 40 - I can't just take a year off and expect to then turn up and chase down Penske and Ganassi cars. After Edmonton, I've got nothing for now, and that depresses me."

Tagged as: 2010 , Toro Rosso , Paul Tracy

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Andrew Long

July 17, 2009 11:45 PM

Compared with the IRL how many oval rounds were there in the CCWS when Bourdais ran in them? Have no doubt Bourdais has oval experience but so does Wilson and he struggles. To win the IRL championship you need to beat the allrounders like Helio, Dario and Dixon. happy to be proved wrong PS Would love to see Montoya in the IRL

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