One of open wheel's most animated characters in the past decade may be returning to competitive motorsports, but in a machine no one would have guessed.
Paul Tracy could be considered an 'intimidator' in his day in open wheel racing. The 'Thrill' from Westhill saw success in CART and IndyCar, but started to move his way into the NASCAR ranks before leaving the motorsports scene with no partners to field him a car in 2012.
He has dabbled in the GrandAm ranks, but was the driver who killed the undertray of the only Riley in the field at this year's Rolex 24, sending the car, and team Doran Racing, home and out of the race for good.
I was speaking today with a friend of mine from the IndyCar paddock and we spoke of the good old days, and an old Greg Moore Reynard, onto how this year's IndyCar season has been going when an interesting comment was made.
While speaking about the ailing budgets of Dreyer & Reinbold right now, he mentioned that he has heard the team is looking at fielding another car.
Nope, the team is not tightening the noose and putting another car into the IndyCar series, but looking a fielding a Rally Cross car, for the X-Games. With none other than the 'Thrill', Paul Tracy.
I might just have to call up that Tracy fellow, and see what is what, but in today's day and age, these things remain a rumor until they have a car to photograph with an ill-written press release.
You heard it here folks...
But wait, there is more!
What is going to delay the process in putting Servia, who has a ton of talent, but never a top notch ride, is the fact that he is from Spain. Yep, again, you heard it here. The National Guard is sticky about having a non-American born driver taking over a car with its name plastered all along the side-pods.
His name is not Earnhardt, or Hildebrand...and I bet there are concerns about a handsome Spanish fellow thanking the National Guard for all they do. Let's hope not.
I hope I didn't put my foot in my mouth with this one...but Paul Tracy will take a medal during X-Games, and if patriotism can take the back seat for results, Oriol Servia will win a race before 2013 is out.