Tracy looks for hometown boost

Champ Car World Series points leader Paul Tracy reckons that racing in front of his hometown crowd in this weekend's race on the streets of Toronto will provide him with extra incentive towards his goal of winning the championship

Tracy looks for hometown boost

It will be the first time Tracy has raced in his native Canada since he joined the all-Canadian Forsythe Racing team. Tracy hasn't won in Toronto since 1993, and is hoping to amend that this year. However, rival Bruno Junqueira wants to give his championship hopes a boost by beating Tracy in his backyard.

"It's a great feeling to be leading the championship for Team Player's home race in Toronto," said Tracy. "From the start of the season, the focus and the goal have been on winning the championship.

"Coming home for a race at this stage of the season provides added incentive to keep plugging away toward our goal. Team Player's deserves a lot of credit because the guys have consistently provided me with a car that can run at the front."

Newman/Haas star Junqueira has yet to win a race this year, but his strong consistency leaves him just eight points behind Tracy, who has taken three victories, but the Brazilian reckons he's up to the challenge of beating his Canadian rival.

"For sure Paul Tracy is one of the biggest CART stars of all time," said Junqueira. "He's aggressive, he's very confrontational and I think the fans love it. He's put a lot of guys out of the race, so maybe the drivers don't like him as much as the fans! He's one of the greatest Canadian drivers ever, but hopefully we can beat him in Toronto for his home race and make him finish second."

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