Tracy has ride for Indy 500

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Just like biblical Lazarus, it may be too early to bury Paul Tracy’s IZOD IndyCar career.

On Monday the Thrill from West Hill announced he has signed a deal to race in the Indianapolis 500 this year.

The contract with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and WIX Filters comes just days after Tracy was abandoned by his former team — KV Racing Technology — in favour of Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan.

The D&R deal is only for the Indy 500, but insiders believe the team will put Tracy in one of their Honda Dallaras at both the Honda Indy Toronto and the Edmonton Indy in July.

As for Tracy he was pleased at the news.

“Obviously it feels great to be back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing,” Tracy said of the team where he subbed three times last season for the injured Mike Conway. “It’s been a chaotic winter, but it’s good to have the deal stowed away with a competitive program lined up with WIX Filters and DRR for the Indianapolis 500.

“I’m really happy to have signed a deal with Dennis and Robbie. It’s great to be with a team like DRR, they have quality equipment and a solid engineering group with Larry Curry.

It’s a relief to have this deal done from that standpoint. I’m super excited, and want to thank WIX Filters for placing confidence in me as their brand ambassador at the Indy 500.”

The bitter irony was that almost immediately after Tracy revealed his D&R deal, KVRT announced it has sponsorship from the American insurance giant GEICO — the firm that backed Tracy in the past two Indy 500s — to run Kanaan for a full IndyCar season starting this week in St. Petersburg, Fla.


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