No Nextel Cup Debut for Tracy

Two days of testing at Michigan earlier this week was not enough to convince NASCAR owner Richard Childress that the time is right for Tracy to make his Nextel Cup debut

No Nextel Cup Debut for Tracy

Paul Tracy will not make his NASCAR racing debut next weekend at Michigan, after team owner Richard Childress decided the former Champ Car champion is not yet ready to make the switch to Nextel Cup.

Canadian Tracy tested for Childress over two days at Michigan earlier this week, but Childress said this was not enough preparation time.

"I'm very impressed with Paul's ability in a race car, whether it's a Cup car or a Champ Car, but it was just too short a time to put the right program together," said Childress. "Paul's a Champion and he had a very good test, but we want to do this right and be fully prepared to give him a maximum effort."

Tracy accepted Childress' decision and said he has a grown respect for the NASCAR drivers. He said: "I have the greatest respect for the guys that drive Cup cars week-in and week-out.

"It takes a lot of preparation to be ready for a highly competitive event like the Nextel Cup Series and we just didn't have the time to do the job right."

Tracy is taking part this weekend in Champ Car's Grand Prix of Denver.

 

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