It was confirmed today that Paul Tracy will race the GEICO-backed No. 15 KV Racing entry at next month's Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen, as predicted last week on RACER.com
The Canadian, who campaigned the same car at this year's Indy 500, will thus compete in three consecutive races for KV, as he is using the Watkins Glen round as preparation for the Canadian events in Toronto and Edmonton.
KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser stated: “I am pleased to announce that Paul Tracy and GEICO Insurance will be joining KV Racing Technology for the race at Watkins Glen. Running Paul at The Glen with Mario [Moraes] gives us the opportunity to maximize our efforts on a very challenging road course and provides Paul with a tune-up race before he competes in front of his hometown fans in Toronto.
"I want to thank GEICO for stepping forward and making this possible and I think I can speak for everyone at KVRT when I say that we are all very excited.”
This will be Tracy's first race on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen permanent road course and just his fourth IndyCar Series event. In addition to the 2009 Indy 500, he ran at Indy in 2002, finishing second and competed in the IndyCar Series event at Edmonton last year qualifying 15th and finishing fourth.
The 2003 Champ Car champion said: “I want to thank GEICO Insurance, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for the opportunity to compete in another race this year,” Tracy said. “I really enjoyed working with Mark Johnson (KVRT General Manager) and the entire team last month at Indy and was looking forward to racing in the two events in Canada. Now I have the opportunity to compete on one of the most famous circuits in the world for the first time.
"It feels a little strange that at this stage of my career that there are still some exciting challenges left and racing at Watkins Glen, with all its history, is definitely a challenge, but one I am looking forward to meeting.”
Follow Paul's progress exclusively on RACER.com, where he will be posting daily blogs throughout race weekends (and whenever he pleases in between times).Paul Tracy's June 12 blog