Tracy to make 200th start in Cleveland

Championship leader Paul Tracy is aiming to celebrate his 200th start in the Champ Car World Series with a win in this weekend's night race on the runways of Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland

Tracy to make 200th start in Cleveland

However, the Canadian has played down the significance of the milestone, claiming he'll only celebrate the occasion if he takes victory in the race on Saturday night.

"Two hundred career starts simply means I've been around a while," said Tracy. "It's a milestone, I guess, but it's only something you remember if you win the race. Winning the first night road-course race would make the 200th start all the more memorable."

In the course of his 200 starts, Tracy has claimed 22 wins and 53 podium finishes, although he has never finished higher than third in the championship. The Canadian is pushing hard for the title this year, but has warned that anything could happen in this weekend's race.

"There's always plenty of action on the Cleveland track," he said. "I guess things are going to happen when you're racing in tight quarters, like in turn one, and then being able to go flat-out, wheel to wheel on the runway sections. And now with night racing, expect the unexpected.

"We're in the stage of the season where the schedule is very hectic. It was great to get back into the lead in the championship with those back-to-back podium finishes. But as competitive as this series is, the least little setback will knock you off your perch. We're going to Cleveland with the attitude that this is the time to show we're made of championship stuff."

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