18 April 2010
Tracy to return for Indianapolis 500
GEICO Insurance to back Paul Tracy's latest assault on the Indianapolis 500 with KVRT.
Paul Tracy will return to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month, having inked a deal to rejoin KV Racing Technology with backing from GEICO Insurance.
The 2002 Indianapolis 500 runner-up will drive the #15 GEICO–KVRT Dallara-Honda in a repeat of his 2009 entry as he makes another attempt to win US open-wheel racing's biggest event. Still unable to attract the backing for a full IRL season, the Canadian, who won the 2003 Champ Car World Series, will be looking to add to his 31 career victories when he turns out for the Kevin Kalkhoven/Jimmy Vasser-owned team.
“It is exciting to have Paul Tracy and GEICO Insurance back together with KV Racing Technology for this year's Indianapolis 500,” Kalkhoven admitted, “Paul is one of the greatest and most exciting drivers in the sport's history, while GEICO Insurance is a leader in its industry. I feel confident that Paul, with the support of GEICO Insurance, will provide KVRT with a very competitive entry in this year's Indy 500.”
Tracy's entry will be the fourth fielded by KVRT in this year's 500, with the 'Thrill from West Hill' joining rookie Takuma Sato, EJ Viso and Mario Moraes in the team's line-up for what will be his seventh appearance in the race. While his best result remains the controversial second place he took behind Helio Castroneves in 2002, he returned from enforced 'exile' to claim ninth in the #15 GEICO–KVRT machine last year, before appearing in the Canadian rounds in Toronto and Edmonton, and at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio, later in the year.
“It is great to go back to the Indianapolis 500 with GEICO and KV Racing Technology,” Tracy said, "I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser of KVRT and GEICO for the opportunity to return the world's biggest auto race. I have won races and championships at the top level during my racing career, but what I am missing is a win at Indy. I feel I have some unfinished business at the Brickyard and, with the support of GEICO and an outstanding team like KV Racing Technology, I feel good about our chances at this year's 500.”
The Las Vegas resident features among the top ten in almost every Champ Car statistical category - including wins, poles, and laps led - and KVRT co-owner Vasser is delighted to have been able to offer him a ride in the 500.
“It is tremendous to bring Paul back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again this year,” Vasser noted, “I also want to thank GEICO for supporting our efforts with Paul. He was very competitive in the GEICO machine last year in his first Indy 500 in seven years and, after last year's return to the Speedway, we believe Paul will be a contender for the win.”
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