Tracy Set for NASCAR Debut

Former Champ Car champion Paul Tracy is set to make his Nextel Cup debut at Michigan later this month

Tracy Set for NASCAR Debut

Tracy will have a test with Richard Childress Racing this week before giving the green light to run in the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 21.

The Canadian is reported to be testing an ARCA car at Lowes this week before testing a full-blown Nextel Cup car at Michigan next Monday, a day after this weekend's Allstate 400 at Indianapolis.

The Canadian is not signed to current team Forsythe Racing beyond the end of this season, and is exploring his options, having made no secret that he would like to try the USA premier stock car series.

Forsythe Racing are understood to be behind the plan, as it doesn't interfere with his Champ Car commitments

"It's no secret that I've been thinking about the next phase of my career," Tracy told Speedtv.com. "Forsythe told me I have a Champ Car ride with his team for as long as I want.

"Champ Car racing is the toughest racing there is, but stock car and sports car racing are both something that I want to explore. I got a chance to drive in the Daytona 24 hour race earlier in the year and now I'm looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a stock car.

"I know the Childress team will give me good equipment and I'm eager to see what stock car racing is all about."

Official confirmation of the Tracy's participation in the race is not expected until after the tests.

Childress is no stranger to having run former open-wheel stars, with Champ Car race winner Robby Gordon having raced for them in the Nextel Cup before Gordon started his own team at the start of 2005.

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