Having insisted all season that a lack of sponsorship was holding back plans to enter the IndyCar Series, Paul Tracy's outing at Edmonton later this season will be backed by multi-national fast food brand Subway.

A press conference confirmed the expected news that former Champ Car champion Tracy would make his IndyCar return in a car jointly fielded by Derrick Walker - another to miss the boat when unification overwhelmed US open-wheel racing earlier this year - and IRL CEO Tony George's Vision Racing, and revealed that Subway would be on board as principal backer of the venture, which currently involves Edmonton, but may expand to include other events before the end of the season. Northlands, the promoter of the Rexall Edmonton Indy event, will be an associate sponsor.

The 39-year old Canadian will drive the #22 Dallara, owned by George but run by Walker Racing in Edmonton, in what will be only his second outing of 2008. Tracy contested the final Champ Car event at Long Beach in April with Forsythe Racing, but had no opportunity to join fellow CCWS stalwarts in the IndyCar Series as doors closed around him - notably when Forsythe opted not to join the unified series it had pushed hard to create.

"For sure, it's been a frustrating year, but it's also given me the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my family, which has been something that's been difficult to do over the last 20 years of my racing career," Tracy admitted.

"As you know, we went to Long Beach - my final race for Champ Car and my final race for Gerry Forsythe - and, at that point, there was nothing on the table for me to do something with an IRL team, or a transitional team to the IRL. So I really just had to sit and wait for the right opportunity, [but] had conversations with Derrick throughout that time, since April until now. We've been working. He's been working diligently trying to put together a programme for this year and possibly moving on towards next year.

"This deal has really come about with the help of Tony and a great new sponsor. Derrick and I want to be competitive - one of the most important things to me was I just don't want to be another car in a 27-car field. I want to have an opportunity to compete well, to be where I'm accustomed to running. I think the opportunity to run with Tony's equipment [provides that].

"I've seen his shop now and his equipment there, and how his cars have been running this year and, with Derrick's preparation and the opportunity to work with this new sponsor is a great opportunity. It's all kind of just really happened - we've been working on this for quite a long time, but it all seemed to go into fast forward in the last 60 hours or so. It's been a bit of a rush but, hopefully, we're getting through all the hard work and, once we get to the track next week, that will be the easy part."



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