Bessette to race Portland with Gelles Racing

Antoine Bessette returns to Champ Car Atlantic in Portland Indianapolis, June 11, 2006. -- Canadian Antoine Bessette will enter the Trinity Carpet 100, fourth round of the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship at the helm of the ...

Antoine Bessette returns to Champ Car Atlantic in Portland

Indianapolis, June 11, 2006. -- Canadian Antoine Bessette will enter the Trinity Carpet 100, fourth round of the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship at the helm of the #14 Western Union car next weekend in Portland. The St-Bruno, Quebec driver is returning to a series where he had a lot of success last year with a team which he competed in 2003 & 2004. However, the 24-year old pilot did not stay idle this year since he drove a Daytona Prototype in a few Grand-Am Rolex rounds with MSR. Antoine is eager to take to the track the new Swift-Mazda combo.

"I long to drive that Western Union car, said the French Canadian. When I tested with Bob (Gelles) last winter in the Renault V6, the new Swift car was not yet available. In Portland, I will benefit from a full test day to gel with my new engineer. It will also be fun to collaborate with Robbie Pecorari also with whom I tested last winter. Portland is a track where I enjoyed two Top-5 finishes last year: the track is quick and fun to drive with one very tricky corner (#2) after the start."

"We're very happy to have Antoine back with us, this time in our Atlantic program, said team owner Bob Gelles. This fine young driver has been around a few years with our team. He won races in many series and I know he will be fast from lap one, especially with recent experience gained after racing a 650 HP Rolex Daytona Prototype."

AB: a late bloomer

Antoine Bessette started his meteoric racing career only five years ago and raced everything from Formula Ford to Daytona Prototype, from rally cars to Atlantic cars. He won on many racetracks but his two Atlantic victories in Toronto and Montreal last year together with two second place finishes tied him with Katherine Legge for third in the 2005 final standings. He was awarded the Gilles-Villeneuve Trophy by the series and received Best Canadian driver award at the Canadian Hall of Fame annual gala evening. This will make him the highest point achiever returning to the Atlantic series in 2006.

Gelles Racing on the Oregon Trail

Gelles Racing is traveling across the United States to Portland. Testing day for Gelles drivers Bessette and Pecorari will take place on Wednesday on the 10-turn 1.964 mile permanent circuit. There will be practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday with the last practice sessions taking place Saturday evening at 5:00 pm. The Trinity Carpet 100 will go green Sunday morning at 10:00 am to be aired on SPEED.

-gellesracing.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Katherine Legge , Antoine Bessette , Robbie Pecorari