ESPN’s Canadian branch TSN is reporting that ex-champ car driver Paul Tracy has secured a car to run the IRL race at Edmonton this month. According to the report the deal is being brokered by Walker Racing but the actual car is being borrowed from Vision Racing and will be considered a Vision Racing entry. However the car’s crew will be from Walker Racing.
When the IRL and Champ car “merged” earlier this year, Tracy who is arguably one of open wheel’s most popular drivers was left out of the shuffle due to his long time boss Gerald Forsythe refusal to participate in the IRL.
Rumors flew around for week as to where “The Thrill From West Hill” would end up but eventually Tracy ended up signing a deal to run in the NASCAR truck series, but always held that his first love would be open wheel racing.
While some question Tracy’s return to open wheel so far the most vocal critic has been Nick Challis his own advisor who “advised” Tracy not to sign this deal for Edmonton.
“I don’t see any way he could have the testing or the competitive car given the amount of time they have. I know they’d love to have him there but I don’t see the point in sending Paul around the track to embarrass himself. I don’t think that’s in Paul’s best interests.” said Challis.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be an embarassment for Tracy or retribution to all of those who may have denied him a seat during the shuffle.
The Rexall Edmonton Indy will take place on July 26th.