KV Racing GM: Paul Tracy can win

May 12, 2009
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tracyPaul Tracy has already said he is in the Indianapolis 500 to win. Tracy’s driving skills are not questioned, and the top end speed of his car is not at issue. But motorsports insiders wonder if the team is well-financed enough to field a crew that can put the plucky Canadian in the winner’s circle.

With seven or eight pit stops usually needed to steer through the Indianapolis 500, keeping up with the Penske, Ganassi and Andretti Green crews will be critical. One pit stop mishap could spell the end of Tracy’s efforts to upset the favorites.

Yesterday afternoon, Mark Johnson, the general manager of Tracy’s team, KV Racing Technology, told IBJ that team finances or the quality of the crew should not be an issue either. He also said there’s no problem with the number of tires his team has.

“We’ve got 100 percent confidence in these guys,” Johnson said from the team’s Indianapolis garage. “Everybody going over the wall for Paul’s team this year is the same as last year minus one. We’ve been working with PitFit to keep these guys in shape, and we have great chemistry.”

While Tracy, who qualified 13th with a four-lap average of 223.111, is racing to gain speed, Johnson is hustling for cash.

“Paul has an amazing following, and not just in Canada,” Johnson said. “So working with him definitely opens some doors. Paul’s performance over the weekend really ratcheted up interest from potential corporate partners. We’re really optimistic we’re going to be able to put two or three more sponsors on that car by race day.”

Tracy’s crew is 13-strong now, Johnson said, and aside from two or three race day spotters and runners, the team is in place to assist Tracy through the rest of this season. Tracy, who brought in Geico as a primary sponsor, is only signed for Indianapolis right now. But Johnson has not discounted the possibility of expanding that schedule.

“If we can put together a program for Paul to be on the track more, we certainly will,” Johnson said. “We’re talking to potential partners on a day-to-day basis.”

Johnson isn’t targeting any particular races in which to put Tracy on the track, though he admits two Indy Racing League races in Canada later this year would be nice additions. “He has had a lot of success in Milwaukee, and we know he can be competitive on any road course,” Johnson said. “Really, any time Paul is on the track, we think he can be in a position to win.”
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  • He already wonned the 2002 race. Accourse ___king Tony ruled otherwise, I can't amagione why. :rollseyes:

    Most Americans don;t even care anymore

    The IRL: No foreigners, even Canadians!
  • Using slack jaw script I see, a rarity for your DaHooey posts. Are you each of the hate filled personalities on here? BigIRLFan, your slack jawed hill bum personality. DaHooey, your comic relief. Stan, your rage.

    It's all starting to make sense now......

    You know they have hospitals for that sort of thing.
  • your, you are, you're, Europe, etc etc.

    I juss liketa tipe sose you billies an gomers can reed it.

    :lol:

    IRL: Only ovals!
  • YOU changed the headline Athony! :lol:
  • Kinda like preachin' to YOUR choir, huh DaHooey? The luv club that you and Ricky Treadway own. Great place for your double wide. And I hear that Sinden is modifying a 2 seater so you can fit you big butt in the extra wide Dallara. It'll probably be limited to 150 due to the extra weight. But I'm convinced you'll have a DaHoot!
  • Jeeebus H on a pogo stick thar, Berwicky! :lol:

    1. Ricky Treadway: gomer Supreme.
    2. sinden: Who would ride that crapwagon?
    3. Me: Not fat.
    4. Doublewide?: You live in mars hill, not me bro.

    IRL: Eat @ Byrds Cafe! :porkies:
  • Paul Tracy will crash violently in this Indy 500, but emerge from his battered machine uninjured.

    The incident will occur will occur in the 60 to 80 lap range. It will happen when Sarah Fisher, running 28th at the time and struggling with handling issues, loses control exiting Turn Four. Tracy, running 8th at the time, will be unable to avoid the Fisher automobile as it bounces off the outside retaining wall and slides toward the entrance to the pits. Tracy, taking evasive action to the outside of the race track will brush the Safer barrier as he misses Fisher by inches, but the entire rigth side of the #15 Geico machine will be damaged heavily as the car slides along the wall to a point just before the yard of bricks.

    In a related incident, Ed Carpenter will spin into the infield grass after striking debris from the Fisher impact and his day will be done.

    Fisher will cry in the obligatory interview outside the infield are center. Tracy will express frustration at his bad luck at this place but otherwise take it in stride with a shrug of the shoulders and then vow to be back in 2010, full time.

    Carpenter will be more juvenile, criticzing Fisher and questioning her even being here and mention he has other close calls with her during the race, then snottily say a double-standard exists for her and she is above criticism.

    Meanwhile, Tony Kanaan will continue to lead at that point of the race, in his dominating fashion. Danica will truck along in 5th as she has all race. A surprise performance will be turned in from Justin Wilson, running 2nd, and Milka Duno who is silencing her detractors by steadily racing from her 31st starting position into 14th and gaining while turning consistetly fast laps.

    Later in the race there will be a three-way, three-wide battle for the lead, Mutoh will surprisngly lead around Lap 140, a pit fire will happen in the stall of EJ Viso, and the day will, sadly, be marred by a shocking tragedy. For the rest of the story, by the rights....or watch May 24. Your choice.
  • Paul Tracy will crash violently in this Indy 500, but emerge from his battered machine uninjured. The incident will occur will occur in the 60 to 80 lap range. It will happen when Sarah Fisher, running 28th at the time and struggling with handling issues, loses control exiting Turn Four. Tracy, running 8th at the time, will be unable to avoid the Fisher automobile as it bounces off the outside retaining wall and slides toward the entrance to the pits. Tracy, taking evasive action to the outside of the race track will brush the Safer barrier as he misses Fisher by inches, but the entire rigth side of the #15 Geico machine will be damaged heavily as the car slides along the wall to a point just before the yard of bricks. In a related incident, Ed Carpenter will spin into the infield grass after striking debris from the Fisher impact and his day will be done.Fisher will cry in the obligatory interview outside the infield are center. Tracy will express frustration at his bad luck at this place but otherwise take it in stride with a shrug of the shoulders and then vow to be back in 2010, full time.Carpenter will be more juvenile, criticzing Fisher and questioning her even being here and mention he has other close calls with her during the race, then snottily say a double-standard exists for her and she is above criticism.Meanwhile, Tony Kanaan will continue to lead at that point of the race, in his dominating fashion. Danica will truck along in 5th as she has all race. A surprise performance will be turned in from Justin Wilson, running 2nd, and Milka Duno who is silencing her detractors by steadily racing from her 31st starting position into 14th and gaining while turning consistetly fast laps. Later in the race there will be a three-way, three-wide battle for the lead, Mutoh will surprisngly lead around Lap 140, a pit fire will happen in the stall of EJ Viso, and the day will, sadly, be marred by a shocking tragedy. For the rest of the story, by the rights....or watch May 24. Your choice.
  • It's the earl. There are no winners.
  • It's the earl. There are no winners.

    It's the squirrel. There are so many whiners.
  • HAhahahahaah PAul TRacey win? HOley SMOKes NOw IVe herd everthing. AInt no way he gone to win. Not at INdy. YOUd think heed know that by now. IF you know waht I meen. hahahahahahahaa

    HEs gone to be facing a hole field of coiled snake gunslingers. BOut the first time he tries something of DAvey HAMilton or the sweethart of the IRl SArah Fischer, hee' findout waht the IRls all about.

    SAy hello to the wall PAul hahahahahahahahahaha

    AInt no way

    BIf#

    THe IRl - you aint seen nothin yet
  • I'm actually envisioning a Danica/Tracy crash as he tries to pass her around lap 15. She runs up screaming at him and punches him in the face. He punches her back. That'll make for a great highlight reel and lots of youtube views.
  • THAT would be worth the price of admission. :D
  • For people who hate TG and the IRL, you guys sure spend a lot of time obsessing about it.

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