Bessette to compete at home event in Montreal

Returning race winner on Gilles-Villeneuve track Antoine Bessette to take part in the Grand Prix de Montreal Montreal, Canada, August 22nd . -- 2005 Montreal Atlantic race winner Antoine Bessette will be returning to his hometown track ...

Returning race winner on Gilles-Villeneuve track
Antoine Bessette to take part in the Grand Prix de Montreal

Montreal, Canada, August 22nd . -- 2005 Montreal Atlantic race winner Antoine Bessette will be returning to his hometown track this weekend. The French Canadian will drive the Brooks Associates Racing #8 Samsara Concept car and will team up with Brazilian Alex Sperafico. AB won two Canadian rounds last year in Toronto and Montreal, went on to finish 3rd in the standings, tied with teammate Katherine Legge and was selected for the Gilles-Villeneuve award at the end of the season.

"Montreal remains the most important victory in my career, admits the 24-year old, especially in front of my home crowd. When an Atlantic seat became available at Brooks, we took the necessary measures with John to reserve it for Montreal. I want to take the opportunity to thank Samsara Concept, a Montreal clothing company, for making all this possible. I know competition is very high in this series for having entered an event earlier in Portland but I will do my very best to take up the challenge on my favorite track."

"We're very happy to have Antoine on board, adds John Brooks. He's a quality driver I respect very much and highly capable of taking our car to the front. He will be engineered by Willie Hoplinger. Antoine and I have been in the same paddocks for years and I'm glad our paths finally cross."

The usual Champ Car Atlantic schedule

Bessette will take to the track on Friday morning for a 45-minute practice at 9:10 am. He will be back for the first qualifying session early afternoon at 1:10 pm. Saturday will be similar with practice set for 9:25 am and second qualifying also at 1:10 pm. At short Sunday warm-up will take place at 8:00 am while the cars will be staged at 10:30 for a standing start when the reds go out at 11:00 sharp.

Winner of two rounds last year in Montreal and Toronto, Bessette was the Gilles-Villeneuve award winner and Best Canadian Race Driver from the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Bessette will steer the #8 Samsara Concept machine this weekend. AB takes the opportunity to thank the fans who took some time to visit his web site at www.bessetteracing.com .

-credit: br

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Katherine Legge , Alex Sperafico , Antoine Bessette