For Paul Tracy, it’s becoming about where he starts as opposed to how he’s finishing.
On Sunday, Tracy had another strong outing in the city, working his way up the field to finish sixth at the Honda Indy Edmonton.
Had the Ontario native not had to come up from the 15th spot, he could have challenged for a podium spot.
‘I love this track’
“I love this track and I love the fans here in Edmonton, it’s always been a great track for me,” Tracy said. “We just need to get started up front and it would be a lot better.
“The car was good, we had a little bit of tire wear problem in the first set of tires, we wore out the front tires, then we made a small pressure adjustment and the car ran well.”
Taking part in just his third race this season, Tracy began pick off cars from the onset. He had a slight incident early on, spinning Japanese driver Hideki Mutoh.
Apart from that, Tracy had a clean race, reeling in a number of cars and benefiting from a couple of full-course cautions.
“I always have a good time here, I just have to get the car figured out better for qualifying,” Tracy said. “This is a tough, physical race, the cars slide around a lot and I think it’s just good for the KV (Racing Technology) team to have a good result today.”
Later in the race, Tracy had a strong battle with Ryan Briscoe for fifth place, but despite getting a nose out in front, could not overtake the Team Penske driver, who ended up finishing fourth.
“We had a good car,” Tracy said. “I made a move on Briscoe there and he tried to get me back. We both tried to get through the chicane there where there was only room for one car and I lost a position. But I was going for it, it didn’t really matter whether it was fifth or sixth as long as we had a good finish.”
Traditionally, Tracy has fared well in Edmonton.
He found a ride for the inaugural Indy event finishing fourth, also working his way up from the 15th position.
Last year he placed sixth, working his way up from the ninth spot.
“Overall, the times were good, I’m just happy that we did a good job for the Make- a-Wish foundation (sponsor) and we raised a lot of money,” he said. “The first goal was to help the kids and the second goal was for me to have a good time.
“We raised a lot of money for kids, over $100,000 for Make-a-Wish, hopefully I made the fans proud here in Canada.”
Unfortunately for the 42-year-old, the Edmonton event could be his last of the season.
Unable to secure a ride for the entire year, Tracy had just a three-race deal in place with his sponsors, which included both Canadian stops on the circuit.
“This is my last race and I now just got my legs under me and feel like I’m part of the crowd,” he said. “It’s tough that it could be the end right here, but that’s just the way it is. We have to try and find the budget to continue. We’re working on it, we’ll see what happens for either later this year or next year.”