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Thursday, 11 August, 2005 0:13 AM

Exclusive Interview with Paul Tracy at MIS

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Paul Tracy is being interviewed by the media at MIS.

by Jason Rzucidlo
AmericaJR@AmericaJR.com

Paul Tracy has been driving Indy Cars with 15 years of experience. This August, at MIS in the GFS Marketplace 400 he will become a rookie to the NASCAR circuit. He's never driven a stock car before.

He will be driving car #33 which is Kevin Harvick's. It's truly going to be a learning experience for the 2003 Champ Car World Series Champion. He's raced at MIS before in the Harrah's 500 in July 2001.

Paul Tracy said, "I'm 36 now. The window of opportunity is so small. (You have to) try something different to keep your motivation high."

How is it going to compare to Indy Cars? Tracy answers, "It's a decision that you have to make. It's going to be a little different. I'm just here to learn and have a good race."

When asked do you watch NASCAR races on TV, he responds: "I watch all the races. Now I realize how sensitive (NASCAR stock cars) they are."

What's the biggest difference between Stock Cars and a Champ Car? "It’s really a lack of tires and lack of down force that you have. A Champ Car here is stuck to the ground and you have to under wing and double the amount of tire. In these cars you feel like you are on top of the track sliding a lot. The huge difference is the size of the tire is that much smaller."

What's the biggest thing you've learned from Kevin Harvick? Tracy reports, "He’s got so much experience with the car that he can get in it and go fast. He kind of set a baseline for me and we are there now. It’s all about feeling the limit of the tire. It’s about keeping the tire just below the limit of the tire so you don’t overcook it out there. "

Paul Tracy's first race at MIS was back in 1991. What does he remember about it? "I ended with a broken leg and a scar on my knee in my first race here at Michigan . Hopefully my first race in a Cup car will go a little bit better than that. I’ve had a good run here. I’ve done well here and finished second a few times. I also still hold the qualifying record here. Hopefully things will go well. "

What would be a good weekend for you here? Tracy answers, "Qualifying and finishing in the top-20 and on the lead lap would be like winning the race. I have no experience yet with anybody else that is going to be out on the track. That’s going to be a whole different deal as well. I haven’t even run around anyone here yet. There are 43 other cars out there, so it will be very different."

This will be Tracy's first time in a NASCAR race. Who will make the decision to continue in this series or go back to the Champ car series? "I guess you have to ask Dylan, who’s the team manager. It’s really up to Richard and I guess he’s talked to him today already. I’ll be ready to go next week, if he (RC) wants to go we’ll go. "

Tracy adds, "If we do come back here, I'll know what it's like. I've done well here."

Paul Tracy will race in the August 21st GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup series race at MIS. Some seats are still available. To order, go to www.mispeedway.com or call 1-800-354-1010.

A whole weekend of racing is planned. It all begins on Thursday with ARCA qualifying, the ARCA 200 race on Friday, The NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 race which includes a concert by Sugarland and Josh Turner and concludes with the GFS Marketplace 400 race on Sunday.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Paul Tracy, a veteran Indy driver, will make his first start in the NASCAR circuit at MIS in the GFS Marketplace 400.

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