CHAMPCAR/CART: Paul Tracy earns award

Paul Tracy named Driver of the Year by RACER magazine readers. INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2004) -- Forsythe Racing's Paul Tracy put together one of the best seasons in Champ Car World Series history in 2003 on his way to winning his first Champ Car...

Paul Tracy named Driver of the Year by RACER magazine readers.

INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2004) -- Forsythe Racing's Paul Tracy put together one of the best seasons in Champ Car World Series history in 2003 on his way to winning his first Champ Car title, cementing his status as one of the top drivers in all of auto racing.

The readership of RACER magazine, as well of its Internet news arm www.speedtv.com, agreed that Tracy's 2003 season was one to remember as they voted the Canadian Champ Car driver as the Racer of the Year.

Tracy, who won seven races, six poles and 10 podiums on his way to the 2003 title, was named the top driver of the year over such racing luminaries as Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, NASCAR titlewinner Matt Kenseth and USAC record-setter J.J. Yeley.

"This is a very nice accolade, especially because of the company of drivers included in the voting," Tracy said. "When you are on a list with Michael Schumacher who just won his sixth F1 championship and some of the other great drivers in the world, and the fans consider you to have had a better year than he did, that's quite an honor."

The award was one of many for the 2003 Champ Car World Series title winner, as Tracy also received first-team All American status in the voting by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. He was the only finalist other than eventual winner Ryan Newman to receive more than one vote for the Driver of the Year Award presented by SPEED Channel and was also voted as the WorldCom Most Popular Driver for the second consecutive season.

"Paul certainly deserves every honor awarded to him after his great 2003 Champ Car season," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "Not only is the RACER magazine award a great tribute to Paul, it is a tribute to the level of competition in the Champ Car World Series as well as to what it takes to be a champion in our series."

The nominees for the RACER awards were developed through suggestions of the magazine's editorial staff along with other racing insiders. The nominees in a number of categories were then voted upon by racing fans either through RACER or via the speedtv.com website.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Schumacher , Ryan Newman , Paul Tracy , J.J. Yeley