BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--Sigma Autosport, which entered the CART FedEx Championship Series last season, has announced its intentions to field a two-car effort in the Toyota Atlantic Championship for 2002.
Sigma Autosport owner Tom Wieringa said the team will be run by veteran Toyota Atlantic managers Jim and Pam Griffith, and is going to be operated out of the Chardon, Ohio facility. Driving for the Sigma Atlantic team will be Rocky Moran Jr. and Dave Wieringa.
"This is a great opportunity. Sigma worked with us to run the entire Atlantic program and we are delighted," said Griffith, who will be the Director of Atlantic Operations. "I'm tending to the technical details of the team and Pam will coordinate the travel, logistics and other non-mechanical deals for the team."
Griffith admitted he was pleased with the drivers.
"We've got a great pair of young drivers. Rocky will do a good job for us and so will Dave," said Griffith. "It's nice Dave will be getting some exposure on the race track in an Atlantic car and together they will do well."
Griffith, and an Ohio native, has been involved in racing as a mechanic, crew chief, fabricator and race car designer for more than 30 years. Griffith designed and built his own line of Super Vee cars, the Raven Atlantic race car, which was campaigned in 1993 and 1994. Griffith and his wife have been a part of three of the past six Toyota Atlantic championships.
While at Lynx Racing, the couple (along with Sigma Atlantic engineer Bruce Potter) helped in the championship efforts of Patrick Carpentier in 1996, and Alex Barron in 1997. They were also instrumental in Buddy Rice's championship of 2000.
Moran, 21, of Coto de Caza, Calif., is the son of former Champ Car driver Rocky Moran Sr., and began racing in the Toyota Atlantic series in 1999. He was named to the CART Toyota Atlantic All-Star drivers team in 2000, where he completed every lap. Moran won the final Atlantic race of the 2001 season at Laguna Seca Raceway in November.
Wieringa, also 21, of Oak Brook, Ill., competed in the Barber Dodge Pro Series last year. He finished a season-best of fourth at his home track, Chicago Motor Speedway, and raced in one Atlantic event in August, at Trois-Rivieres, Canada. He has also raced in regional Formula Ford events where he has won numerous times along with posting new track records at several tracks.
"Overall I think we will have a good program," said Griffith. "We are aiming to win the championship and I believe we can do it."
"These are exciting times at Sigma Autosport," said Wieringa. "Our Champ Car and Atlantic programs are in good hands and it looks as though next season will be a great one."
Sigma is a great example of the CART ladder system at work. Owner Tom Wieringa started in racing in the CART Atlantic series and now runs a Champ Car team, while Dave competed in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series and has now moved up the Atlantics after only one season.
Sigma Autosport will be the only entrant competing in CART for 2002 fielding both junior and senior teams.