MSR adds Paul Tracy to Daytona II lineup

Paul Tracy rejoins Michael Shank Racing in Daytona (Columbus, OH) 26 June 06--Paul Tracy, who stormed to the lead in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona before terminal overheating problems sidelined the car from the lead, will get the chance...

Paul Tracy rejoins Michael Shank Racing in Daytona

(Columbus, OH) 26 June 06--Paul Tracy, who stormed to the lead in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona before terminal overheating problems sidelined the car from the lead, will get the chance for Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Daytona International Speedway once again as he rejoins Michael Shank Racing for Thursday's Brumos 250 in the Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach Lexus-Riley.

Tracy last raced with the Columbus, Ohio-based team in March, co-driving with Mike Borkowski to score a podium with a third-place finish in Mexico City. Tracy relished his Rolex run, and is looking forward to another competitive outing as the Rolex Sports Car Series stages round ten as part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Daytona this weekend.

"I am happy to be racing with Mike Shank and his guys again at Daytona in the Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach car," said Tracy. "Hopefully we can make up for what happened in January and get a win this time around. There are some great drivers running in Rolex, and these cars are a lot of fun to race so I am really looking forward to it."

Michael Shank Racing scored second-place in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the sister Flight Options entry of Mark Patterson, Oswaldo Negri, A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson, and after scoring top-tens with both entries in this weekend's EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio, will be looking for success once again at Daytona.

"We are excited about having Paul race with us again at Daytona," said team owner Mike Shank. "He obviously brings a lot of speed and excitement to the Rolex Series, and hopefully we can translate that into another podium run with him. Tommy (Constantine) has done a great job in the Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach car and we are looking forward to him racing with us again at Barber at the end of July."

The Brumos 250 event is a one-day affair, with practice getting underway at 9:30 AM, qualifying at 12:40, and the seventy-lap race going green at 7:00 PM ET. The race will be broadcast LIVE on Speed Channel starting at 7:00 PM.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Mike Borkowski , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing