CHAMPCAR/CART: Sigma optimistic for 2002

Sigma Tackles Both Champ Car and Atlantic With Equal Optimism BRIDGVIEW, Ill.--Talk about taking big steps. That's what Sigma Autosport plans to do in its second season of existence. Sigma Autosport, one of the top first-year teams in the CART...

Sigma Tackles Both Champ Car and Atlantic With Equal Optimism
BRIDGVIEW, Ill.--Talk about taking big steps. That's what Sigma Autosport plans to do in its second season of existence.

Sigma Autosport, one of the top first-year teams in the CART FedEx Championship Series for 2001, plans on having another good year in the elite open-wheel series. Plans are under way for delivery of new cars and engines and a move into another building to house the race team.

And there are more bold plans that are already under way. One of those plans is Sigma's new Toyota-Atlantic team.

While it is not the first time that a Champ Car team has operated in two different series, for the moment, the Chicago-based Sigma is one of the few CART teams with plans to run in both the Champ Car and Toyota-Atlantic series.

Running the Toyota-Atlantic effort are veteran Atlantic team managers Jim and Pam Griffith, along with partner and team engineer Bruce Potter. Together, the trio has been a part of three Toyota-Atlantic championships in the 90s.

The Sigma Atlantic team will be operated out of a facility at Chardon, Ohio. Racing for them is Rocky Moran Jr. and Dave Wieringa. According to the Jim Griffith, the team's goal is for Moran to win the Atlantic championship and Wieringa to take the rookie-of-the-year honors.

Not unrealistic goals.

"I think this can be achieved given the experience we have on our Atlantic team," said Griffith "Add to that both drivers are capable and they will both learn a lot from each other."

Moran won the 2001 Atlantic season finale at Laguna Seca. He was also a member of the Atlantics' inaugural All-Star team in 2000. He is currently recuperating from a cracked vertebra and expects to be ready for testing within a few weeks.

Wieringa raced in the Barber Dodge Pro Series last season, won several races in other formulas, and still holds track records at several venues. He is regarded as a promising racer with an equally promising future. A recent two-day test in Homestead, Florida, running Dave in the Atlantic and also a stint in Sigma's Champ Car showed much consistency and speed.

"These are exciting times for Sigma Autosport," said Wieringa. "To operate a Champ Car team is special, but to also have an Atlantic team, a series I used to race, is going to be very rewarding."

Sigma plans on taking its operation one step at a time, but make no mistake the goal is to win.

"Why not?" exclaimed Wieringa. I feel we can be competitive with both teams and have great seasons."

Please check out our website at www.sigmaautosport.com.

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