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Paul Tracy returns to off-road racing in Toronto


TORONTO (AP) — Paul Tracy, one of Canada’s most famous and successful race car drivers of all time, will return to the track at the Honda Indy Toronto in the TRAXXAS-sponsored Formula Off-Road race.

Tracy drove an SST truck in last year’s Honda Indy Toronto, but exited early following a hard crash. He will be one of eight competitors in the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series in races Saturday and Sunday.

Sheldon Creed, 16, who won one of last year’s two races at Toronto, will drive another TRAXXAS-sponsored SST and will be joined in the field by 2014 series’ winners Apdaly Lopez and Robby Gordon. Series regular Scotty Steele, 16, as well as Nick Vanis and Aaron Baumbach return to the TRAXXAS series along with Bill Hynes, who is making his series debut.

The eight trucks will navigate the same 11-turn 1.755-mile circuit as the IndyCar series. The trucks will also negotiate four man-made metal jumps placed strategically along the circuit’s front stretch.

The Stadium Super Trucks that will race in Toronto will hit huge man-made ramps at more than 100 mph at multiple locations throughout the downtown street circuit hurling drivers nearly 20 feet in the air and 150 feet down course. The series features identically prepared trucks which are made to resemble their scaled-down Traxxas radio-control-car counterparts.

Like their Traxxas namesake the trucks are designed to take flight.