INDIANAPOLIS (September 25, 2002) - Championship Auto Racing Teams, in conjunction with its Driver Development Ladder System, announced today that Toyota Atlantic champion Jon Fogarty and Barber Dodge Pro Series champion AJ Allmendinger will take...
INDIANAPOLIS (September 25, 2002) - Championship Auto Racing Teams, in conjunction with its Driver Development Ladder System, announced today that Toyota Atlantic champion Jon Fogarty and Barber Dodge Pro Series champion AJ Allmendinger will take part in the next phase of the CART Mentor Program during the Grand Prix Americas in Miami on October 4-6. Both drivers will be paired with a Champ Car team, to be named later, and essentially become a member of that team for the race weekend.
Fogarty and Allmendinger will attend and take part in every aspect of a race weekend, including debriefings, engineering sessions and team meetings, plus press and sponsor events when applicable. They will be in pit lane with headsets during all practice, qualifying sessions and the race. The program's design is to increase the line of communication between drivers and teams and expand the future opportunities for the drivers of the CART Ladder System.
In Phase I of the Mentor Program earlier in the year, Allmendinger and fellow Barber Dodge driver Marc Breuers were placed with Hylton Motorsports and Lynx Racing, respectively, of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at the CART Grand Prix of Chicago. At the Molson Indy Vancouver, Fogarty and fellow Atlantic driver Michael Valiante were placed with Newman/Haas Racing and Player's/Forsythe Racing, respectively.
The CART Ladder System serves as the only complete driver development path in the world of motorsports, taking aspiring drivers from karting through the ranks to Champ Cars. Drivers begin their path in the Stars of Tomorrow karting program and are then introduced to cars in the Formula Dodge National Championship. From there, they move into the professional ranks with the Barber Dodge Pro Series and then to the Toyota Atlantic Championship, which is the final rung on the CART Ladder. From there, drivers move into the CART FedEx Championship Series. In 2002, Americans Jon Fogarty (Toyota Atlantic Championship), AJ Allmendinger (Barber Dodge Pro Series) and Grant Maiman (Formula Dodge National Championship) won Ladder System championships. CART owns and operates the Toyota Atlantic Championship. In conjunction with its marketing partnership with Skip Barber, LLC, CART sanctions the Pro Series and offers over $1.3 million in scholarships and sponsorship to deserving drivers making their way up the Ladder.