Tracy to race for Foyt at Milwaukee
|By Matt Beer||Tuesday, May 26th 2009, 20:40 GMT|
Paul Tracy will stay in the IndyCar Series for this weekend's Milwaukee race, replacing the injured Vitor Meira at AJ Foyt Racing.
Meira sustained two fractured vertebrae when he tangled with Raphael Matos in the Indianapolis 500 and slammed into the wall. He is expected to be out of the cockpit for at least four months.
Tracy's deal with AJ Foyt's team currently covers Milwaukee only. The 2003 Champ Car champion is a four-time winner at the Wisconsin oval.
"For me I'm excited to get an opportunity to drive albeit as a fill-in for Vitor as I know it's a short-term thing," said Tracy "When I started my career, I competed against AJ. He was one of my idols growing up. I haven't told too many people this, but he was one of the guys I modeled myself after. I'm a little rough around the edges like him and I say what I feel, there's no b.s. and that's one of the things I've always admired about him."
Foyt felt that Tracy was a very good fit for his team.
"Paul Tracy is a hard charger and our type of driver, much like Vitor," said the American legend. "I believe we can put the right equipment under Paul, and we've both had success there, so I think we can put our heads together and have a good race."
Milwaukee is a particularly important race for Foyt's squad, as it is backed by the team's main sponsor ABC Supply and is titled the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt 225.
Although Foyt has not achieved much success in recent years, Tracy is confident that he can be a frontrunner at Milwaukee.
"I think the team is competing at a much higher level these days," said Tracy. "I had a long conversation with Larry [Foyt, team director] and they're working hard. That's all I expect from people is to do their best. I think I'm the kind of driver who could make the difference at Milwaukee."
Tracy returned to the IndyCar Series with KV Racing for Indianapolis and finished ninth. His deal with Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser's team has also been extended to cover the Canadian events in Toronto and Edmonton.