CHAMPCAR/CART: Bicyclists to join Paul Tracy

INDIANAPOLIS (July 1, 2003) -- Race fans and cycling enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity this Saturday night, July 5, to ride with CART Champ Car star driver Paul Tracy around Burke Lakefront Airport's 2.106-mile course to celebrate the...

INDIANAPOLIS (July 1, 2003) -- Race fans and cycling enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity this Saturday night, July 5, to ride with CART Champ Car star driver Paul Tracy around Burke Lakefront Airport's 2.106-mile course to celebrate the Champ Car World Series points leader's 200th career race start.

The event, titled the "PT200" in honor of the 22-time racewinner's 200th start in a career that began in 1991, allows up to 200 cyclists to join Tracy in a one-lap tour of the track before the U.S. Bank Presents The Cleveland Grand Prix later that evening. Tracy, an avid cyclist who trains for Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford events by riding, will lead the pack around the lakefront airport circuit from a CART Champ Car pace vehicle.

The PT200 is open to any and all cyclists over 13 years old but only the first 200 will make the cut by registering online at PT200@cart.com. All participants will get a free ticket for Saturday night's race. Detailed instructions will be sent to all confirmed participants through a return email. On-site registration will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and the PT200 goes off at 7:15 p.m.

Paul Tracy, Champ Car's winningest active driver, made his rookie debut with Dale Coyne Racing at Long Beach in 1991, won 11 races with Penske Racing in stints from 1992-94 (including a win at Cleveland in 1993) and '96-97, two races with Newman/Haas Racing in 1995, six with Team KOOL Green from '98-02 and has a season high three wins with Player's/Forsythe Racing this year. Tracy's most recent victory came at the conclusion of a three-race win streak at Long Beach in his #3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone.

Under the glow of no less than 21 Musco Lighting towers, the Saturday night's U.S. Bank Presents The Cleveland Grand Prix will be the largest outdoor temporary lighting project in history. CBS Sports will broadcast the race on tape-delay beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, with SPEED Channel carrying live qualifying at 8:00 p.m. Friday night.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing , Team Penske