Paul Tracy

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Paul Tracy (born December 17, 1968) in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, is an auto racing champion.

Fascinated by cars since boyhood, at age 16 in 1985 Tracy became the youngest ever Canadian Formula Ford Champion. Tracy worked his way up through the racing ranks and in the United States he won the 1990 Indy Lights Championship, setting a record with nine wins. The following year, he competed in his first Champcar event at Long Beach, California and at mid-season became a test driver for Team Penske.

His first full year of Champ Car competition came in 1993 and he won five times with his first win coming at Long Beach. Tracy crossed the finish line first at the 2002 Indianapolis 500 but race officials penalized him, dropping him back to second place after a late-race caution flag that appeared at nearly the same time he passed Helio Castroneves for the race lead. That year, he was voted CART’s Most Popular Driver Award.

Tracy's successful career has him number one in victories amongst all active drivers in CART racing and he capped off his 2003 season by winning the Vanderbilt Cup as overall champion.


Champcar career results


  • 1991 - Coyne Racing/Penske Racing - 6 points, 21st in championship, best finish: 7th
  • 1992 - Penske Racing - 59 points, 12th, best finish: 2nd
  • 1993 - Penske Racing - 5 wins, 157 points, 3rd
  • 1994 - Penske Racing - 3 wins, 152 points, 3rd
  • 1995 - Newman/Haas Racing - 2 wins, 115 points, 6th
  • 1996 - Penske Racing - 61 points, 13th, best finish: 3rd
  • 1997 - Penske Racing - 3 wins, 121 points, 5th
  • 1998 - Team KOOL Green - 61 points, 13th, best finish: 5th (x3)
  • 1999 - Team KOOL Green - 2 wins, 161 points, 3rd
  • 2000 - Team KOOL Green - 3 wins, 134 points, 5th
  • 2001 - Team KOOL Green - 73 points, 14th, best finish: 3rd (x2)
  • 2002 - Team KOOL Green - 1 win, 101 points, 11th
  • 2003 - Forysthe Racing - 7 wins, 226 points, 1st
  • 2004 - Forsythe Racing - 2 wins, 254 points, 4th (new points system)

1 championship, 28 victories


Indianapolis 500 results


  • 1992 - 20th (engine)
  • 1993 - 30th (crash)
  • 1994 - 23rd (turbo)
  • 1995 - 24th (throttle)
  • 2002 - 2nd
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