Alex Barron Steps Down From Polestar Racing Group Atlantic Team Ronnie Bremer to drive in Montreal Chardon, Ohio (August 17, 2005) -- Former Polestar Racing Group driver and Atlantic race winner Ronnie Bremer has been tapped to take over...
Alex Barron Steps Down From Polestar Racing Group Atlantic Team Ronnie Bremer to drive in Montreal
Chardon, Ohio (August 17, 2005) -- Former Polestar Racing Group driver and Atlantic race winner Ronnie Bremer has been tapped to take over the seat vacated by Alex Barron for the next round of the 2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda in Montreal, Canada. Bremer will pilot the #21 Polestar Atlantic entry with continued support from The RoomStore of Phoenix in Montreal, and possibly at the series finale at Road America in Wisconsin.
"We're all sorry to see Alex go, but we understand his desire to explore some new opportunities for his future," said Polestar co-owner Jim Griffith, who engineered Barron to the 1997 Atlantic championship title while competing for Lynx Racing. "We're grateful for everything that he contributed to our team this year and certainly will continue to support him in anyway we can.
"When Alex expressed his intentions, Ronnie became a natural choice. He's a proven race winner, knows the crew, and will transition easily into the team. We rate him very highly in terms of his technical expertise, commitment and racing ability."
"This was really a hard decision, but I think it's best for everyone involved," said Barron, who competed in the Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League from 1998 to 2005 with such teams as Cheever Racing, All American Racers and Team Penske. "I want to thank Polestar and Dan Selznick of The RoomStore for all of their support. The crew also did such a super job preparing the car for every session that we never had any mechanical failures. They're a terrific group and I wish them the best for the rest of the season."
"I'm excited to be back with Polestar," said Bremer, who competed in last year's Champ Car World Series with HVM and Dale Coyne Racing. "We shared some success together in 2004 and I'm looking forward to re-joining the team, as well as returning to what seems to be among the most competitive seasons in Atlantic history. We're being realistic with our expectations, but at the same time, I hope to hit the ground running pretty hard."
Bremer, 27, of Copenhagen, Denmark, competed in six events each with HVM, then Dale Coyne Racing in the 2005 Champ Car World Series. Although he missed one event (Toronto), he finished the season 12th overall and placed as the third highest rookie by virtue of seven top ten finishes.
He captured the Polestar team's first Atlantic victory in 2004 at Denver and finished fifth overall in his rookie Atlantic season. He was honored with the BBS Rising Star award, in a 2004 season that featured five podium finishes and second in the Rookie-of-the-Year championship. Prior to Atlantic, Bremer competed in British Formula 3, British Formula Ford, and won numerous Danish karting championships.
Bremer will team with Polestar regular Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore fo Phoenix/W.S. Deans), who is currently eighth overall and sixth in rookie points after finishing fourth in Denver last weekend. The next round of the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic season will take place August 25-27 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.