Paul Tracy to test NASCAR truck UPDATE Yesterday, Tracy was testing at Chicagoland Speedway with Germain Racing's No. 30 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota team.
This is a quality outfit, that currently sits on top of the ownership points with its regular driver Todd Bodine. The team also won a series championship in 2006.
Tracy got hooked up with the team through long-time manager Doug Barnette, who has close links to the team as he represents Mike Wallace, who also drives occasionally in the NCTS.
According to Barnette, Tracy has kept the pressure on both himself and his management team to get him something to race this season.
"While it would be easy for (Tracy) to retire and live off the earnings from his Champ Car days, he has instead spent his spare time executing a rigorous training program," Barnette said.
Tracy believes, as do many others in the racing world, that he still has lots left in the tank after more than 15 years of top-level competition.
"I'm still young and I have a great passion for the sport of racing, and I plan to be a part of it for many years to come," Tracy said prior to taking to the track. "This is something that I've committed my entire life to and it has been fun to participate in the many different disciplines of the sport."
He said that however much he might have wanted the Forsythe team to move to the IRL, he has no regrets about where it has left him.
"My situation with Forsythe was unfortunate, but it has opened up so many other opportunities for me and I'm really enjoying my life right now," Tracy said.
He also is well aware that in his previous foray into NASCAR -- in the then Busch Series in 2006 -- he was handcuffed with teams that were not competitive. The Germain team, he said, is different.
"It's a championship team that is committed to winning, so it humbles me to be able to take part in a test and share a Toyota Tundra with Todd Bodine," Tracy said in a statement released by the team. "He is one of the best in the business and I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to learn from him so that I can experience my own success should I go that direction." Slam Sports
05/26/08 While Indianapolis 500 activities were abuzz over Memorial Day weekend, one would assume that open-wheel champion Paul Tracy would be missing the atmosphere that saw him walk away with a 2nd place finish in 2002. On the contrary, Tracy was busy booking flights and preparing to depart for Chicago, Illinois, where he will be participating in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series test for Germain Racing on Wednesday, May 28th.
Tracy, who made his NASCAR debut in NASCAR's #2 series in 2006, will return to the oval-track for a one-day test at Chicagoland Speedway. While this will be Tracy's first experience in a truck, he is known as one of the most cerebral wheelmen in the business and he will adapt quickly. Versatility is a trademark of the 2003 Champ Car World Series Champion, as Tracy has raced open-wheel cars, Grand-Am cars, NASCAR, and off-road trucks, all in the last two years.
One would ponder Tracy's plans for the future after his awkward departure from Forsythe Racing left the race world scratching their heads. While it would be easy for the seasoned veteran to retire and live off the earnings that he has generated through his Champ Car World Series leading 31 wins, Tracy has instead spent his newfound spare time executing a rigorous training program that has kept his body in top physical condition.
Tracy's skill and talent is coupled with the passion and enthusiasm that has made him the Thrill from West Hill and turned him into one of the most colorful, recognized racers in the world.
“I'm still young and I have a great passion for the sport of racing, and I plan to be a part of it for many years to come,” Tracy said from his home in Las Vegas. “This is something that I've committed my entire life to and it has been fun to participate in the many different disciplines of the sport. My situation with Forsythe was unfortunate, but it has opened up so many other opportunities for me and I'm really enjoying my life right now.”
Tracy continued, “The Germain Racing team is a championship team that is committed to winning, so it humbles me to be able to take part in a test and share a Toyota Tundra with Todd Bodine. He is one of the best in the business and I'm looking forward to getting to Chicago on Wednesday and doing whatever I can to learn from him so that I can experience my own success should I go that direction. I'm thankful that Bob Germain is giving me this opportunity. He is a class act and I'm happy to be a part of what he is doing in NASCAR.”
As Germain Racing currently heads up the points chase in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Tracy looks forward to gaining experience with a team that has done so much in NASCAR and has achieved considerable success with Toyota in the series.