Friday, August 12, 2005
Tracy's NASCAR debut on hold
WELCOME, N.C. -- Richard Childress Racing said Friday it
will not enter open-wheel star Paul Tracy in the Aug. 20 Nextel Cup
race at Michigan International Speedway.
Tracy, who goes into the race this weekend in Denver, Colo.,
second in the Champ Car World Series points, tested an ARCA car at
Lowe's Motor Speedway on Aug. 2, then tested a Childress Chevrolet
on Michigan's 2-mile oval last Monday and Tuesday with the idea he
would make his NASCAR debut there later this month.
"I'm very impressed with Paul's ability in a race car, whether
it's a Cup car or a Champ Car, but it was just too short a time to
put the right program together," said Richard Childress, president
and CEO of RCR. "Paul's a champion and he had a very good test but
we want to do this right and be fully prepared to give him a
Tracy said it was a mutual decision, and he's now focused on winning the Champ Car title.
"I have the greatest respect for the guys that drive Cup cars
week in and week out," Tracy said. "It takes a lot of preparation
to be ready for a highly competitive event like the Nextel Cup
Series and we just didn't have the time to do the job right. I want
to thank Richard for giving me this opportunity and the crew guys
at the test for all of their effort."