There will be one last season in IndyCar for Paul Tracy as he announced this past weekend: "I've raced Indy cars now, this season will be my 22nd year, so it will be my last year."
Paul Tracy was at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, driving for the Combos/Circle K sponsored Doran Racing Ford Dallara Daytona Prototype - in which they placed seventh, 13 laps behind. The race was won by Michael Shank Racing (source - Motor Authority).
Tracy stated that this coming year would be his last in the American open wheel series and it looks like the Toronto native will be driving for Michael Shank's team in IndyCar this coming season. Announcements of details, sponsorship and engine package are still forth coming.
Engines the question
Although it was publicized last October that Michael Shank Racing would be Lotus' first customer (see related articles), nothing officially has been announced and some reports say that MSR Indy (Michael Shank Racing's IndyCar team) and Tracy are looking for an engine manufacturer. Why the confusion? Although MSR Indy was thought to be signed with Lotus, Tracy has a long-term relationship with Honda of Canada so therein lies the conflict (source - Toronto Sun). Lotus or Honda … Hmmm? We should hear something soon though.
The 43 year old from Ontario, Canada, has had a long career in open wheel: Indy Lights, CART/ChampCar and IndyCar. He won the Indy Lights championship in '90 and then moved up to CART where he drove for some of the great racing teams in American open wheel history: Roger Penske, Newman-Haas, the Green Brothers and Jerry Forsythe. Tracy has never run an entire schedule in the IndyCar series.
Tracy offers Shank an ideal veteran driver for his new fledgling team. Tracy won 31 races while in CART and ChampCar but his farewell tour would be his first and only full season driving in the IndyCar circuit - offering him a chance at winning his first IndyCar race.
Sources - Racing Reference, Sports Illustrated
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus blogged about every type of racing for several years.