Of the teams with vacancies that interest Tracy, and with Honda Canada sponsorship in his portfolio, Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Racing is the best fit for the open-wheel veteran, but he’s also spoken with Dreyer & Reinbold, amongst others.
“We’ve met with Bobby [Rahal] multiple times,” said Tracy. “He went and met one of my sponsors to have a face-to-face. That went well and everybody seemed pretty keen to do something. But the budget number to make things happen there is higher than what we can bring right now. I think most team owners are sitting on the fence waiting to see what kind of best deal they can get, and if I was an owner, I’d probably do the same thing.”
Despite Tracy’s desire to join RLL’s two-car stable, the team owner says he’s not feeling the pressure to sign a contract with any of the drivers he’s met with.
Tracy's best results of the year came with Dreyer & Reinbold. (IndyCar Series)
“We’re not trying to play the field or delay people,” said Rahal. “It may sound egotistical to say this, but I think we’re a pretty good team. We’re not going to rush to sign a deal unless everything’s there to be competitive. We feel that one of the most important things for us is that we have a competitive effort, not only in one car, but in two cars. And that means we have the right financial backing in both cars. And so far, we haven’t found what it takes.