Tracy's NASCAR debut on hold

Updated: August 12, 2005, 4:49 PM ET
Associated Press

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 maximum effort."

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."

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