Mooresville, NC (February 21, 2006) One of the world’s top road course racers, Paul Tracy, will accompany GEICO’s gecko to Mexico City on March 5, 2006, when the #4 Biagi Bros. Racing entry and the NASCAR Busch Series take to the 2.518-mile road course. Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car Series Champion, has spent many Champ Car afternoons racing in Mexico City since the series first debuted there in 2002, winning the event in 2003 and coming home third in 2005. Tracy is fond of the country of Mexico, as he also won the Champ Car race in Monterrey in 2003.
One of the most talented and colorful race car drivers in the business, Tracy is a fan favorite among the people in Mexico and he is excited at the opportunity to drive a stock car in the Mexico City race.
Paul: “I’m looking forward to going to Mexico City in a stock car, I have won there in the past and I feel like I know the track really well. I thank Fred Biagi for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to representing GEICO and BryMak and giving them a great finish. Jon Wolfe is a great crew chief and I look forward to working with him and I have also heard great things about the Biagi team members. This is the same car that Scott (Pruett) drove at Watkins Glen last year and he was in the Top 5 most of the day, so I am looking forward to jumping in it and taking GEICO and BryMak to the front. The people of Mexico have always supported me and treated me well, so I am looking forward to returning for the race.”
Fred Biagi also looks forward to the relationship.
“I met Paul about three years ago and have always thought about putting him in a car,” Biagi said. “This is the perfect opportunity to do that and we are looking forward to working with him. Paul is one of the top drivers around, so it will be fun to watch him in Mexico City.” He continued, “Having Mark Green in the car for the oval events and sticking Paul Tracy in the car at the road course in Mexico City is the perfect one-two punch for trying to get a leg up on the other teams in the Busch Series. These guys are both great drivers and they will help us get to where we want to be in this series.”
This will be Paul Tracy’s second event in the NASCAR Busch Series. His debut came at Daytona on February 18, 2006, where he ran in the Top 10 before being wrecked by John Andretti mid-way through the race. He returned to the race three laps down in the 34th position after getting his car repaired. In an unprecedented sequence of events, Tracy made up all three of his laps and finished the race on the lead lap in the 24th position.
GEICO, who is the fifth largest private-passenger auto insurer in the United States, entered NASCAR in 2001 as the sponsor of Kenny Wallace’s No. 27 Nextel Cup Series car. Increasing their involvement in the sport, GEICO joined forces with Biagi Bros. Racing as primary sponsor of the No. 4 Dodge where they ran a limited schedule in 2002. Since that time, GEICO has stepped up their involvement with the team and they have experienced success; including a race win at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2004. To learn more about GEICO or to get a free insurance quote, please visit www.GEICOracing.com