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While most would regard the reunification of open-wheel racing in America as a positive thing, it has been tough on some of the drivers that had come to dominate the Champ Car World Series. Essentially dumped into a field of IndyCar drivers, even the most accomplished Champ Car pilots have had trouble finding a ride.

Take Paul Tracy, for example. The Canadian driver – arguably the nation's most successful this side of Jacques Villeneuve – started out long before the split after winning the Indy Lights title. He went on to win numerous Indy races, and took the Champ Car title in 2003. But since the two series were reconciled, he's had trouble finding a ride, contesting a race here and a race there for a variety of different teams.

This year, Tracy will reportedly be back for at least a few races with Dragon Racing – the team operated by the son of his former team boss, Roger Penske, Jay, who recently split with Gil de Ferran. Tracy will drive at Long Beach, Texas, Toronto, Edmonton and Sears Point for Dragon Racing, and will contest the Indy 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – a team with limited success to its name, but it's an outfit that has fielded such names as two-time champion Al Unser, Jr. and racing scions Graham Rahal, Tomas Scheckter and John Andretti. We'll be watching to see how Tracy does against the younger field, particularly his returning nemesis, Sebastien Bourdais.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      question is... can he fit in the car??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone watch out for crazy pit lane exit strategies!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't he one of those open wheelers that was trying to break into NASCAR and couldn't make it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is shaping out to be a great year in indycar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll watch just for the chance that Tracy will punch someone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I went to a boxing match and an IndyCar race broke out !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at Noah getting all intellectual with "scions". :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy has been running his mouth for waaayy to long. I would just as soon hand him a shinebox and send him on his way to be never seen again.

      Tracy has and will be a has been. Penske fired him and Fosythe wouldn't pay him. He couldn't qualify for Indy last year (lets face it Milka Duno made it with Dale Coyne need I say more?) and lives on a reputation that is shaky at best.

      He won a Champ Car Championship against a diluted field. Cost Dario a championship against Montoya, and is more legendary for his mouth and wasted millions. He is a reverse Danica.

      The "thrill from the hill is over the hill".