Ex-team boss Green joins KV for Indy

Former Champ Car title winning team owner Barry Green is to return to the IndyCar Series to oversee Paul Tracy's Indianapolis 500 programme with KV Racing

Ex-team boss Green joins KV for Indy

Green's Team Green squad took Jacques Villeneuve to Indy 500 and the Champ Car crown in 1995, and later ran Tracy, Dario Franchitti and Michael Andretti, with Green himself in charge of Tracy's strategies during their time together.

He sold the team to brother Kim, Kevin Savoree and Andretti in 2003, when it moved to IndyCar and was renamed Andretti Green.

Last time Green and Tracy worked together at Indianapolis in 2002, the Canadian felt he was robbed of victory when the officials judged that he had not completed a pass on Helio Castroneves before a full course yellow came out at the end of the race. Castroneves was awarded the win, but Tracy still regards himself as the race's moral victor.

"Paul and I both feel we have some unfinished business at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Green. "I have worked with John Dick [Tracy's engineer] on numerous occasions and I believe we have a strong effort to challenge for an Indy 500 victory."

Tracy revealed that he had personally requested that team co-owner Jimmy Vasser get Green involved.

"With my tenure at Team Kool Green, Barry called every one of my races and called all of my race wins including winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500," said Tracy.

"When Jimmy and I sat down at Long Beach to discuss our Indy 500 plans, Jimmy told me he couldn't be as hands-on with my car as he was last year. He asked me to explore the right person to help me at Indy.

"It didn't take long to think of Barry. He has the same desire and commitment to winning as I do. Obviously, he was my choice to work with me this year. I know we have some unfinished business at the Speedway."

Vasser added that he was delighted to have the chance to work with former rival Green on his own team.

"Paul asked me about bringing Barry in for the Indy 500 and I was elated," said Vasser. "I had to race against Barry's team for many years, and I can appreciate his expertise in calling races."

KV will also run full-season drivers EJ Viso, Takuma Sato and Mario Moraes at Indianapolis.

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