Atlantic update 97-02-10

KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Media Advisory - February 10, 1997 PLAYER'S FORSYTHE RACING TEAM PREPS FOR '97 ATLANTIC CAMPAIGN Player's Forsythe Racing Team drivers Bertrand Godin and Alex Tagliani have been busy preparing...

KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship

Media Advisory - February 10, 1997

PLAYER'S FORSYTHE RACING TEAM PREPS FOR '97 ATLANTIC CAMPAIGN

Player's Forsythe Racing Team drivers Bertrand Godin and Alex Tagliani have been busy preparing for the Atlantic season opener at Homestead Motorsports Complex with an ambitious off-season testing agenda.

Godin, of St. Hyacinthe, Que., has crisscrossed the continent from Florida to Arizona with extensive testing in his Player's Forsythe Racing Ralt RT-40.

"I had six days of testing just before the Christmas holiday's," said Godin. "The first tests were completed at Indianapolis Raceway Park, then we went to Texas for two days, before heading to Phoenix. First, I had to learn how to drive an Atlantic car. It's very different from an Indy Lights car and a lot more fun. After the holidays, we tested at Sebring. That's when I started to become really comfortable in the car. We have more testing planned with three days in Phoenix, then we'll have one test day at Homestead before the race. Even though I'm driving an RT-40, I plan on surprising a lot of people this year. Thanks to KOOL becoming the series co-title sponsor, I was able to benefit from it with a full-time ride with Player's."

Tagliani, who hails from Lachenaie, Que., tested at Sebring on Jan. 20 in preparation for his sophomore season in Atlantic competition.

"I had to use Bertrand's (Godin) car because mine wasn't ready, and we wanted to see what it was like to drive a Ralt RT-40" said Tagliani. "It felt good but I only ran 12 laps, and we weren't recording times. The object was to compare a RT-41 with an RT-40. After all, was Bertrand's car and I had to be careful with it. I also met the team manager, Kenny Loewen. He's put a lot of effort into developing the car and the team. He wants us to be competitive from the start. Unfortunately, I'll only have four days of testing before Homestead. Those will come at Firebird and P.I.R. this month. I realize it won't be easy with so little testing, but I'm counting on my experience and the knowledge I acquired last year to help me through the first race."

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KARTING ACE ANNOUCES NEW ATLANTIC RACING TEAM

Former karting, sprint car, and Formula Atlantic stand-out Shawn Bayliff, of Lima, Ohio, has confirmed that he will compete in the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship with Williams/Bayliff Motorsports. Bayliff, who is also his team's co-owner, will drive a Swift DB-4 in Atlantic C2 competition with sponsorship from Budweiser, Air Touch Cellular, Godfathers Pizza, and Lima Allen Co. Paramedics (LACP).

Bayliff earned four pole positions in 1996 in SCCA Formula Atlantic competition and scored a victory at Mid-Ohio. The former three-time Ohio Valley Karting Association champion is a Skip Barber Racing School graduate who has also competed in modified midgets and winged Outlaw sprint cars.

MEDIA INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Hyneman, 103735.3402@compuserve.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Skip Barber , Shawn Bayliff , Bertrand Godin
Teams Williams