CHAMPCAR/CART: Paul Tracy nominated for Driver of the Quarter

INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2003) - Coming off a slow midseason run that saw him briefly give up his spot atop the CART Champ Car World Series point standings, Paul Tracy ( ...

INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2003) - Coming off a slow midseason run that saw him briefly give up his spot atop the CART Champ Car World Series point standings, Paul Tracy (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) looked at a summer stretch of seven races in two months and saw an opportunity to make his move.

The veteran started July with a second-place run in Cleveland and when the third-quarter ended last weekend in Denver, Tracy had earned three wins, three poles, four podiums, led 325 laps and put himself in prime position to gain his first Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford championship.

As a result of the dominant performance, Tracy was again nominated for the prestigious SPEED Channel Presents the Driver of the Quarter Award as one of eight finalists from across the world of motorsports. Tracy was named as the winner of the award for the first quarter of the year after starting the 2003 season with three consecutive victories, earning himself a spot in the year-end voting for the Driver of the Year Award, which was won last year by Champ Car World Series titlist Cristiano da Matta.

In its 37th year, the Driver of the Quarter award will be determined by an independent vote of an 18-member panel of auto racing journalists and broadcasters and one vote based on the cumulative tally of fans voting at www.speedtv.com.

"The quality of the nominees this quarter reflects consistent excellence in performance by great drivers," said Driver of the Year President Barry Schmoyer. "The second quarter fan vote - approximately 129,000 - encouraged me because it proved how seriously auto racing fans take their favorite sport."

Tracy will compete will seven other nominees for the third-quarter award, including five other drivers that are leading their respective series. NHRA Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon, Trans-Am leader Scott Pruett, NASCAR Winston Cup frontman Matt Kenseth, USAC ace J.J. Yeley and IRL leader Helio Castroneves are all among the nominees along with NASCAR's Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman.

The winner of the quarterly voting will be given a trophy and a Maurice Lacroix Swiss Watch to commemorate the honor. Further information on the award may be obtained from Barry Schmoyer at the Driver of the Year Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, FL 34230 or from (941) 953-6209.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Larry Dixon , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett , J.J. Yeley , Cristiano da Matta