Champ Car World Series Champion Paul Tracy has revealed that his former Team KOOL Green team-mate Dario Franchitti could be headed back to CART in 2004 despite still being part of Andretti-Green Racing's plans in the Indy Racing League.

The Scotsman, who missed most of what was supposed to be his 'rookie' IRL season this year with back injuries sustained in a motorbike crash near Edinburgh in April, has yet to be confirmed at AGR for 2004, and the team have yet to reveal any plans for their third entry alongside Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon. Bryan Herta spent the majority of the season in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara-Honda although AGR have always stated that the seat was Franchitti's when he returned.

Tracy, whose championship tour has encompassed, amongst other shows, Late Night with Letterman, spent five years as Franchitti's team-mate at Team KOOL Green between 1998 and 2002 stated, according to a report in The Toronto Star, that Franchitti was thinking twice about his future in the IRL.

Tracy, who has made no secret of his dislike for the Indy Racing League, was quoted as saying that Tony Renna's fatal accident at Indianapolis and Kenny Brack's serious crash at the Texas Motor Speedway 'had turned the bulb on in [Franchitti's] head'.

Franchitti visited current IRL team-mate Tony Kanaan and former CART rivals Oriol Servia, Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain Jr, Alex Zanardi and Roberto Moreno in last weekend's Granja Viana 500 kart race in Brazil.

 

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