Tracy Cautious in Testing Debut

Former Champ Car champion Paul Tracy has vowed to push harder on the second day of his maiden NASCAR Nextel Cup test

Tracy Cautious in Testing Debut

The 37 year-old is testing at Michigan International Speedway this week in a bid to get himself ready for Nextel Cup's second visit to the speedway on August 21st, where he hopes to qualify the number 33 Richard Childress Racing car.

Tracy admitted to being cautions yesterday, on the first day of the test, despite holding the qualifying lap record at the circuit of 234.949 mph at the 2000 Champ Car race.

"Tuesday morning we'll try to run it a little harder on fresh tyres," Tracy said. "It's a lot different from what I do. To go out on fresh tyres and really lean on it hard, sometimes to the point where I don't know exactly how far I can push it, is still an area to learn.

"I'm happy. I'm just trying to take it one step at a time and not force the car past its limits."

Tracy, who joined ten other NASCAR drivers testing at the circuit this week, was tutoured by Richard Childress Racing's regular driver Kevin Harvick, and at the end of his first day the Canadian said: "It was consistent and I was able to play with the line and run a consistent time the whole time and everyone was happy with it so it was a good run."

Tracy's maiden ARCA stock car test at Caraway Speedway was ended prematurely after an accident last week.

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