Long-time open-wheel owner Derrick Walker and veteran racer Paul Tracy were welcomed back to the IndyCar Series on Tuesday when Vision Racing's Tony George announced a one-off collaboration between the three men for the upcoming Edmonton IndyCar...
Long-time open-wheel owner Derrick Walker and veteran racer Paul Tracy were welcomed back to the IndyCar Series on Tuesday when Vision Racing's Tony George announced a one-off collaboration between the three men for the upcoming Edmonton IndyCar meet in two weeks (July 24-26).
Speaking to a gathered press at the Chris Economacki Press Room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, George said, "I'm very happy we can afford Paul the opportunity to race with us in Edmonton. It also gives us an opportunity to welcome in an old friend, Subway Restaurants, to the IndyCar Series as well."
Tracy added, "I've had a lot of time on my hands since the beginning of this year (when Champ Car merged into the Indy Racing League) to spend with my family, but that's really the only good thing about not being in the car. I'm a racer and want to race, and this is a great way to return to doing what I love."
Tracy is the currently-active most-winningest driver in open-wheel racing with thirty-one victories to his credit. The Canadian has long been a fan favorite for his outspoken and heartfelt approach to his racing, the media and motorsport.
The one-off collaboration at Edmonton will find Tracy aboard a third Vision Racing entry, with Derrick Walker's racing team providing the crew and trackside operations management for the car.
"This deal could not have happened without the support of Tony George and Paul Tracy," said Walker, whose major league open-wheel operations ceased for lack of funding with the announcement of merger. "I've seen all aspects of Paul's personna, and have always had great respect for him as a competitor. Hopefully this opportunity will lead to others for us as a team, and for Canada to return to the forefront of the open-wheel map."
Tracy shrugged off concerns about his fitness and age as factors that might hinder his return to the track on top form, saying "With my level of experience in these cars I don't think that it will be a problem getting back up to speed."
The 39-year old racer last raced over the Edmonton circuit in 2007, finishing fifth; and has competed in all three of the previous Champ Car events on the course.
Vision will also field cars for its regular drivers Ed Carpenter and A J Foyt IV at the Edmonton Indy race.