|Toronto's Paul Tracy (right) gets instruction from a team engineer prior to Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Tracy finished second in the race in 2002. (BRENT SMITH/Reuters)
INDIANAPOLIS - In typical Paul Tracy-speak, Toronto’s own ‘Thrill from West Hill’ summed up how he thinks Sundays’ Indianapolis 500 will play out: “It’s really just going to be a crapshoot.”
The veteran winner of the 2003 Champ Car World Series championship and the controversial second-place finisher at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002 said no team has been able to prepare their cars for the hot and humid weather forecast for Sunday.
“We have had three weeks of weird weather. We’ve had cold weather; we’ve had wet weather but we’ve never had really hot weather,” he said. “So guess what kind of weather we’ll have on Sunday?”
Tracy, however, is not about to let the weather keep him from trying this best to get his face on the Borg Warner trophy.
“It should already be on there,” he said of his win in 2002 when the then Indy Racing League bosses ruled he had passed eventual winner Helio Castroneves under yellow on the final lap.
Tracy said patience — something he hasn’t always practised — will be the key for him to get to the leaders from his 24th starting position.
“I don’t know if you can call it conservative, but I do want to be around at the end,” he said. “And if I am there then I think we have a chance.”