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Tagliani to race at Champ Car finale

TSN.ca Staff

4/10/2008 4:38:59 PM

Alex Tagliani will be at Champ Car finale in Long Beach next week but his friend and sometimes rival Paul Tracy isn't so sure.

Tagliani will drive for Walker Racing in the April 20th race, which will also double as an IndyCar series points race for those teams who made the switch to the IRL following open-wheel unification earlier this year.

While Tracy's name is on the entry list beside the No. 3 car for Forsythe Racing, the Toronto racer has been embroiled in a contract dispute with the Chicago businessman following his decision not to field a team in the IndyCar series. The Indianapolis Star reported that Tracy's manager had recently contact Tony George and he could be racing in a third Vision Racing entry in Japan that same weekend.

"I've had a lot of great years with Gerry and I'm still hoping to be in his car next week at Long Beach," Tracy tells SpeedTV.com. "I expect we can resolve our differences in a way that makes us both happy. I'm looking forward to that result and being at Long Beach."

As many as 20 cars are expected to line up for the Long Beach finale, the most on the starting grid for a Champ Car race since 2002.

The rest of the lineup is expected to be as follows: Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson (Newman/Haas/Lanigan); Nelson Philippe, Roberto Moreno and Ernesto Viso (Minardi/HVM Racing); Franck Montagny and David Martinez (Forsythe Racing); Oriol Servia, Will Power and Jimmy Vasser (KV Racing Technology); Antonio Pizzonia and Juho Annala (Rocketsports); Bruno Junqueira and Mario Moraes (Dale Coyne Racing); Alex Figge and Mario Dominguez (Pacific Coast Motorsports); Franck Perera and Enrique Bernoldi (Conquest Racing).