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Tracy to Race for AJ
Four-Time Milwaukee Winner Has Enjoyed Great Success at The Mile
West Allis, Wis. (May 26, 2009) – With regular IndyCar Series driver Vitor Meira sidelined due to injury, veteran Paul Tracy was announced today as the driver of A.J. Foyt’s #14 ABC Supply-sponsored IndyCar Series entry for this weekend’s ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225 IndyCar Series events at The Milwaukee Mile.
“For me I’m excited to get an opportunity to drive albeit as a fill-in for Vitor as I know it’s a short-term thing,” said Tracy, who has won 31 Indy car races as well as the 2003 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Driver’s title. “When I started my career , I competed against A.J. He was one of my idols growing up. I haven’t told too many people this, but he was one of the guys I modeled myself after. I’m a little rough around the edges like him and I say what I feel, there’s no b.s. and that’s one of the things I’ve always admired about him.”
Foyt said, “Paul Tracy is a hard charger and our type of driver, much like Vitor. I believe we can put the right equipment under Paul, and we’ve both had success there, so I think we can put our heads together and have a good race. It’s a very important race for us because it’s sponsored by our team sponsor ABC Supply, which is based in Wisconsin, so Milwaukee is their home track,” adding, “and it is the AJ Foyt 225.”
“I think the team is competing at a much higher level these days,” said Tracy. “I had a long conversation with Larry [Foyt, team director] and they’re working hard. That’s all I expect from people is to do their best. I think I’m the kind of driver who could make the difference at Milwaukee, being a four-time winner there, and teaming up with A.J., a guy who’s won as many times as he has at the historic Mile, is not only a great story but a winning recipe.”
Foyt, who as a driver made the #14 famous on his poppy red Indy cars beginning with the 1967 season, won four Indy car races at the Mile (1962, 1964, 1975 and 1979), and six USAC stock car races.
To further support this development, what follows is a compilation of Paul Tracy performance statistics at The Milwaukee Mile.
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