By Paul Ferriss
This ebook information the Paul Tracy tale: Paul Tracy used to be only a kid whilst he came upon quick vehicles. transforming into up in West Hill, Ontario, Paul dreamt of his hero Gilles Villeneuve, and whilst his father left him on the neighborhood go-kart music with an entire tank of gasoline every one morning, he retrieved Paul-and the empty tank-at evening. Tracy rose quick via racing's minor leagues, environment and breaking files as he went. At 17 he was once racing automobiles with two times the horsepower of the family members autos his acquaintances have been simply studying to force. Veteran group managers and drivers knew they have been seeing anyone unique at the tune: a quiet child with the appearance of a boy scout and the need of a champion. quickly Tracy ruled kart racing, received at Can-Am racing, and governed Indy lighting fixtures. He then stormed into the Championship automobile Racing crew circuit, racing wheel to wheel with Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti. In these early races, even using an underpowered motor vehicle, Tracy proved he may well run with the massive boys. yet Paul Tracy's luck has include its proportion of hardships. His competitive using variety at the cart circuit has made virtually as many enemies as lovers. he is been criticized, penalized, and vilified either off and on the song. however, issues stay consistent-his wish to force quick, and his wish to win.
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Extra resources for Never Too Fast: The Paul Tracy Story
Hancock says he became something of an advisor to Tracy — although not on a professional or full-time basis — and was entrusted with trying to draw the young man out of his shell, increase his profile as a racer, and get him more comfortable with promotional work. In short, he was to make Paul more media and sponsor friendly. What was diagnosed as inexperience by team PR people when Tracy 5-4 Never Too Fast balked or seemed ill at ease at sponsor events Hancock says was really a display of a bad attitude and insecurity, along with a dose of immaturity.
Tracy was back in time to place seventh on the storied oval speedway at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, ahead of both Penske 49 Mears and Fittipaldi, and notched a i4th-place finish on the road course at Laguna Seca, California, in the final race of the season. During the break between the 1991 and 1992 seasons, Tracy got a taste of the business side of racing. He joined Mears in appearances at the Toronto auto show and learned how to handle media interviews and fan requests with a smile, decked out as always in the white Penske shirt and black pants and the fire-coloured Marlboro Team Penske jacket.
They trained at the Michigan Speedway, an unforgiving, high-banked oval track that has led to some of the best high-speed slicing and dicing between champ cars in the past few years. Mears and Penske were impressed with how well Tracy gradually came up to speed. During one day-long testing session, the young driver reached speeds of 220 mph. Penske had only guaranteed Tracy some testing time, but he decided to speed up his progress by letting him loose in a CART race on the Michigan track. Tracy had sampled the speed that the oval could produce, but that wasn't enough to calm the rookie's nerves on race day.
Never Too Fast: The Paul Tracy Story by Paul Ferriss