CHAMPCAR/CART: Andreas Wirth to race CCWS in Australia

Atlantic Young Gun Andreas Wirth To Run With the Big Guns in Surfer's Paradise Plainfield, Illinois -- Looking back at his 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Season Andreas Wirth was anything but overjoyed by the results. While he may have started out ...

Atlantic Young Gun Andreas Wirth To Run With the Big Guns in Surfer's Paradise

Plainfield, Illinois -- Looking back at his 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Season Andreas Wirth was anything but overjoyed by the results. While he may have started out strong, bad luck and unfortunate racing incidents put a damper on his Championship dreams and the quest for the $2 million purse. However, despite a less than picture perfect Atlantic season, Andreas Wirth has reason to celebrate as he's given the rare opportunity to run in the Champ Car World Series this year.

While Andreas Wirth's official season may have ended in Road America back in September, it seems it's not quite time for him to hang up his driving gloves and helmet for the year. This talented young man has reason to rejoice as he watches his future unfold, and sees his Champ Car dream being realized one year early. While it is typically traditional for the Atlantic Series Champion to run in the Champ Car grand finale, this year, in spite of his third place Atlantic finish, Andreas Wirth has been given the rare opportunity to compete in the penultimate round of 2006 Champ Car competition in Surfer's Paradise, Australia with Dale Coyne Racing in the #19 Sonny's BBQ entry.

An elated Wirth recounts, "I still can't believe it -- it doesn't even seem real! I thought my chance to run a race in Champ Car this year was over back in Montreal when I was no longer in contention for the Atlantic title. But now, thanks to Dale Coyne Racing, I'm getting to live the dream that I thought I'd lost. I don't think it's possible to express how grateful I am for this opportunity - this is huge for me -- and it really makes up for some of the disappointments this year. I can't wait to get in a Champ Car again, and to race at Surfer's Paradise will be awesome! This is a big chance and I'm going to take this opportunity to learn as much as I can for next year, and for sure I'll do my very best for the team. I really didn't think that this would happen this year! This is completely amazing, and I don't think I can explain how excited I am!"

Regarding Andreas Wirth's run in the Champ Car Atlantic Series this year and the opportunity he now has to run in Champ Car, Forsythe Racing's VP of Operations, Neil Micklewright commented, "Andreas did a sterling job for Forsythe Atlantic this year. He was strong out of the box, winning two commanding victories; was on the podium six times; finished in the top six, eight out of twelve races - and after some bad luck he finished third overall in the most competitive ever Championship year of the Atlantic Series. Andreas is a real racer, and a determined and hard working young man. And having seen him confidently handle a Forsythe Champ Car on a test day I'm very confident that he will do a fine job for Dale Coyne Racing and will reward their faith in him and the great opportunity I'm delighted that they have afforded him to run in Champ Car."

With less than two weeks to prepare for his first Champ Car race, Andreas Wirth's world has been turned upside-down in a frenzy of excitement. Looking forward to the weeks ahead and a very bright future, Andreas concluded, "I really can't thank Dale enough for this chance. I think people tend to underestimate this team because they appear to have a high turn over rate, but in reality, these guys are always there giving young guys like me a chance. It's tough to get a break in Champ Car, but this team always seems ready to give rookies a shot. It's really cool to run my first race in Champ Cars with the same team that gave Paul Tracy his first shot as a rookie, and with any luck I'll be a success too. I think it's impossible to express how grateful I am for this opportunity, but I hope that everyone at Dale Coyne Racing knows that this means everything to me -- thank you so much!"

-credit: Andreas Wirth Racing

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Andreas Wirth , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing