IndyCar »

KVRT targeting Tracy?


Former Champ Car fan favourite Paul Tracy may yet make a belated full-time appearance in the amalgamated IndyCar Series, if rumours of a possible deal with KV Racing Technology prove to be true.

Having been left out in the cold when erstwhile employer Gerry Forsythe backed the merger between the CCWS and IRL but then opted not to run a team in the 'new' series, Tracy managed one outing in a joint Vision/Walker Racing effort at the inaugural Edmonton IRL round, but looked almost certain to have to turn his attention elsewhere after the backing could be found for him to continue.

Now, however, the rumour mill suggests that former on-track rival Jimmy Vasser may be trying to sort a package to get Tracy on board at KVRT for 2009.

Vasser is co-owner of the KVRT operation which this week hired second year driver Mario Moraes in place of Will Power, whose seat was in jeopardy following Craig Gore's decision not to renew the Team Australia programme. While Power has subsequently been snapped up by Penske as stand-in for Helio Castroneves, KVRT's second seat had been believed to be going to US open-wheel veteran Oriol Servia, who proved to be the leading 'convert' from the CCWS in 2008.

Vasser, however, has revealed that Tracy approached him about the coming season and the pair are now working towards the joint goal of getting the 'Thrill from West Hill' back on track.

"Obviously we live in the same city and we were kicking around some ideas the other day and PT wondered if KV Racing would work with him on a deal - and I said absolutely," Vasser told speedtv.com, "We're trying to run down some stuff up in Canada and I think Paul has a couple of possibilities in the States, but he needed a team to work with him so that's what I'm doing."

According to Vasser, the pair need to come up with at least $4m to make the programme happen - even though he admits that the figure would hardly cover the engine lease and operating costs for the Canadian's season.

"What I love about PT is that he's still got the fire to go for it, and I think we all saw last year at Edmonton that he's still got a few good years left in him," he said of his 40-year old friend and rival, "Let's face it. PT is exciting - he sells tickets, gets a lot of press and the League needs him, especially with two races in Canada."

Like his expected rival for the second KVRT seat, Tracy admits that he has little in the way of financial support at present, making both he and Servia sitting targets should a better-backed driver go to Vasser or Kalkhoven with a proposal.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Paul Tracy will race at Rexall Edmonton Indy with a Subway-sponsored, Walker Racing-run Vision Racing Dallara-Honda   [pic credit: IRL]
Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar [Credit: Ed Jones PR]
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) celebrates winning the 2016 IndyCar title with victory at Sonoma   [pic credit: Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Ed Jones celebrates winning the 2016 Indy Lights championship
Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) celebrates at Laguna Seca
Kyle Kaiser - Juncos Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing crew working on the boss` car   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Indy Lights action
Indy Lights title contender Santiago Urrutia, Ed Jones, Dean Stoneman, Felix Serralles, Kyle Kaiser and Zach Veach   [pic credit: IndyCar Media]
Santiago Urrutia - Schmidt Petersen Motorsport
Will Power - Team Penske
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Graham Rahal celebrates victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway   (image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens)
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Dean Dean

January 16, 2009 11:48 PM

PT always gets my thumbs up..make sure he's there, pay him what he wants, give him an half decent car and let's sit back and watch him not only ring the cars neck but also anyone that dares to square up to him after they've had a 'disagreement' on track.. He's worth every penny to the series !!



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.