We mentioned on Wednesday that Paul Tracy, one of Toronto’s all-time favorite racing sons, will be back in action this weekend on the streets around Exhibition Place in the Stadium Super Trucks series.
But this year marks not one, but two anniversaries for the Scarborough, Ontario native from his years racing in IndyCar.
Tracy’s 1993 season, when he went toe-to-toe with then-reigning Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell to battle for the CART championship, included one of his most memorable wins on the streets of Toronto. You can see the finish of that below.
Ten years later, Tracy followed up that first CART win with a dominant tour de force from pole in 2003, over Michel Jourdain Jr. and Bruno Junqueira. It was Tracy’s fourth win of the 2003 season, and helped propel him toward his eventual first championship.
Without “PT” in the field for the second straight year, the torch has firmly been passed to Alex Tagliani, a veteran of open-wheel’s top series since 2000, and James Hinchcliffe, self-proclaimed “Mayor of Hinchtown,” as Canada’s home hopes in front of the rabid Canadian fan base.
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.
“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.
“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.
“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.
“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”
Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.