CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy closes in on the title at Surfers Paradise

Lexmark Indy 300 International Ambassador Paul Tracy is on track to wrap up his first Champ Car World Series if he claims victory on the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend. The extroverted Canadian, who had an impressive start to the...

Lexmark Indy 300 International Ambassador Paul Tracy is on track to wrap up his first Champ Car World Series if he claims victory on the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend.

The extroverted Canadian, who had an impressive start to the season after winning the three opening races, says: "This is a serious race for me. If things go to plan, I can win the series here."

The PF Racing driver, who won the Surfers Paradise race in 1995, put himself in a commanding position by coming in first in Mexico City last fortnight.

The event saw Tracy take his fifth pole of the year, and go on to win his sixth race of the season from Newman-Haas Racing's Sebastian Bourdais and local Mexican hero Mario Dominguez.

Winning at Surfers Paradise last year in controversial circumstances, Herdez Competition team member, Dominguez, took the second race of his CART career just two races back in Miami. A third place in his home country was a tremendous boost for the likeable Mexican, who is now rated as a serious contender to become the first repeat winner on the Gold Coast.

Tracy (1994), Jimmy Vasser ('96), Adrian Fernandez ('00) and Dominguez are the only four drivers to have that opportunity this weekend.

Tracy, who accepted the role as International Ambassador for the Australian race at the start of the year, says a win on the Surfers Paradise circuit would "have a little bit of extra special meaning for all of us."

"I love the Surfers Paradise race and to wrap up the championship on the Gold Coast would be pretty special to me."

Currently holding a 29-point lead over Brazilian rival Bruno Junqueira, Tracy says he would be working hard to clinch the title on his favourite track of the series.

Tracy enters tomorrow's qualifying race as the 5/2 race favourite, ahead of Junqueira 4/1 and Sebastian Bourdais at 5/1.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez