Tracy, Subway could be back in IRL

August 1, 2008
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ptracyOpen-wheel race driver Paul Tracy may not be done this year on the Indy Racing League circuit. This morning, Walker Racing officials told IBJ they continue to work with Subway Restaurants and other sponsors to put Tracy back on the track this season.

Tracy raced in the IRL for the first time this year at Edmonton July 26, and took a surprising fourth place. Tony George’s Vision Racing team-which co-oped with Walker to put Tracy on the track-helped paint the car, hauler and provided Subway emblazoned uniforms for the crew.

“We got great feedback from Subway,” said Walker Racing spokesman Elizabeth Cannon. “We got huge media coverage, and the result was fantastic. It was really beyond what we hoped for.”

The IRL has five races left, with the next event Aug. 9 in Kentucky. Tracy is more likely to re-emerge at one of IRL’s next two road races in Sonoma, Calif. Aug. 24 or Detroit—where Tracy has a big following—Aug. 31.

Cannon said the team is also focusing efforts on fielding an IRL team for next year, and Walker would like to continue to work with Tracy.

“A lot of potential sponsors came out of the woodwork at Edmonton,” Cannon said. “We continue to talk to Subway, but we are also talking about a lot of potential deals with a lot of companies.”

Motorsports marketing sources said IRL and Subway officials huddled before and during the Edmonton race to discuss a larger sponsorship deal—perhaps to make Subway an official league sponsor, maybe even the title role—for next year. Sources familiar with those discussions, called the talks encouraging.
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  • It's amazing to me that popular IRL drivers like Tracy and Fisher have such a difficult time getting rides in this series. And in Tracy (and to some degree Fisher) you've got a driver with a proven record of winning. Something seems fundamentally wrong about that. Of course, Tracy's demands (financial and otherwise) might have something to do with that.
  • Paul Tracy is not an IRL driver, Edmonton was only his second IRL race ever after being screwed out of the 2002 Indy 500. Tracy drove for Forsythe last year in CCWS and this year in the last race at Long Beach but Forsythe did not transition to the IRL. What record of winning does Sarah Fisher have?
  • Yes, Sarah Fisher is a stretch, I don't deny. But I think she's a capable driver. She has won an IRL pole and finished second at Kentucky, all while driving inferior equipment. And you can take a look at her pre-IRL resume, and she has won plenty. But, I suppose you could say that for other drivers as well. As for PT, he's an IRL driver now. He sure as heck isn't going to make his comeback on the CCWS circuit. Just my 2 cents, and probably worth nothing more.
  • Despite my dislike for PT, he drove a good race at Edmonton and Subway is a big name sponsor that the IRL could certainly gain from, not only to sponsor another team, but perhaps a race also.

    Why one of the competitive teams has not hired Sarah is beyond my comprehension. I wish both her and PT the best of luck.
  • Where can i get the color codes for Paul Tracy's Subway car? Green, White and Yellow?
  • Where can I get the color codes for Paul Tracy's Subway car at Edmonton. Green white and Yellow.

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