Tracy to drive truck in TexasUPDATE The month of May found Paul Tracy betraying his open-wheel star status and testing a Toyota Tundra truck for Germain Racing, the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champions. Tracy did more than test; he impressed, which led to him being tabbed to pilot the #9 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra with sponsorship from Bombardier Learjet and Sport Clips.
Initially scheduled to compete in Las Vegas, the date was moved to accommodate Sport Clips, which is a Texas-based company and a former sponsor of Tracy. A native of Toronto, Tracy’s hood will be adorned by Canadian-based Bombardier Learjet.
Tracy, who made his stock car debut in NASCAR’s #2 series in a Sport Clips car in 2006, will return to the oval-track for the Chevy Silverado 350K NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on October 31st at Texas Motor Speedway. This will be Tracy’s first foray into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, however the 2003 Champ Car Champion is nothing if not versatile. In just the last two years, Tracy has raced open-wheel cars, Grand-Am cars, NASCAR, and off-road trucks.
Often referred to as one of the most colorful, recognized racers in the world, Tracy has been spending his free time consumed with a rigorous training program that has not only kept his body in top physical condition, but has also kept his mind and reflexes sharp. Tracy recorded a record 31 wins in the Champ Car World Series, but since his departure from Forsythe Racing his passion and enthusiasm have intensified. He exhibits a sense of discipline that is beyond what anyone can comprehend.
A pure racer and competitor, Tracy is looking forward to teaming with Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine for a one/two finish in Texas.
“Germain Racing is a championship organization and I’m excited to be behind the wheel of the Bombardier Learjet/Sport Clips Toyota Tundra in Texas,” Tracy said. “Todd (Bodine) and I are good friends and I’m looking forward to helping him and the Germain Racing team win the race in Texas and gain spots in the point standings. I appreciate them giving me the opportunity and I will do whatever I can to support their effort at Texas.”
Where Tracy goes, the masses follow. Next week they will follow him to Texas Motor Speedway where the Thrill from West Hill is sure to put on a show. The last time Tracy showed up at a racetrack he started 15th and finished 4th in a car fielded by Vision Racing at the Edmonton IndyCar race on July 26, 2008.
10/20/08 We hear that Paul Tracy will drive the SportClips truck shown to the right in the upcoming NASCAR Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Why Tracy does not have a full-time IndyCar ride is beyond belief.
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