BRITISH DRIVER CHARLES HALL TO RACE WITH TRANSNET RACING IN THE ATLANTIC SERIES Atlanta, GA (March 14th, 2006) -- Charles Hall, from Sheffield, England, has joined Transnet Racing for the 2006 Yokohama Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by...
BRITISH DRIVER CHARLES HALL TO RACE WITH TRANSNET RACING IN THE ATLANTIC SERIES
Atlanta, GA (March 14th, 2006) -- Charles Hall, from Sheffield, England, has joined Transnet Racing for the 2006 Yokohama Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, which officially starts on April 7-9, on the streets of Long Beach, California. Hall will drive the number 16 car, with sponsorship from Accent Cards International: The International Pre Pay Debit Card www.accentcard.com, and OmniSource Corporation: America's leader in metals recycling operations.
"I am delighted to have signed with Transnet Racing," said Charles. "Having undertaken a full day test with the team I am more than happy with the way in which everybody calmly and professionally allowed me to have a faultless days testing. I feel ready to re start my career and believe that with the expertise that Alex (Garcia) and his team undoubtedly bring, we will be championship contenders.
"It has been a long road back but with the advent of the new Atlantic Championship and the fantastic prize fund, I have a clear goal to aim for," he commented. "All being equal I will now be able to re start my career where I left off at the end of 2003."
Alex Garcia, Transnet team owner and manager, and a former driver in the Atlantic Series until two years ago, will have two Atlantic machines on the grid, featuring the new Swift 016a chassis, powered by a 300-horsepower Mazda-Cosworth engine and capable of reaching speeds of up to 175 mph.
"Charles was highly recommended by a friend of Transnet who had worked with him in the past," explained Garcia. "I invited him to test one of our Swift 014's; and to spend a few days at the shop with the team. Charles was great to work with and from the moment he came to the shop it was clear to me that he would fit right into our Team environment.
He impressed all of us during his test with great speed and good solid feedback to our engineers."
Since he was a kid in his native country, Hall always displayed an impressive ability to race and win. Having won races in the British Formula 3 Championship, Formula Opel Championship, and the UK Formula Renault 2000 Championship in 2000.
In 2003, Charles won the Fran-Am Winter Championship in Florida, and was the runner-up in the Formula Renault 2000 Pro Series, winning amongst others two of the last three races of the season, during the Phoenix race weekend finishing second to Andrew Ranger by 11 points in the championship.
Also in 2003, Charles had a one off opportunity to race in the Renault V6 Championship in Monaco, where he qualified third on the grid. Having driven the car only once before, during a test at Paul Ricard the previous Saturday, he moved to P2 during the race until a puncture ended his magnificent race. He also had a one off outing in the Ascari World Sports Car at Monza, collecting the car in fourth place, and finishing 2nd. another great result.
His promising career was put on hold in 2005. Having agreed to drive with iSport International in the new GP2 Championship, he was the unfortunate victim of a road accident caused by a drunk driver, leaving him with left injuries, which prevented him from taking his seat.
Showing great mettle and determination, Charles worked hard during the course of the year to regain full racing fitness, attending the Formula Medicine Clinic in Italy, while logging many training miles in an F3 car. Completely recovered and more motivated than ever, Charles is now committed to race for the Atlantic Series championship in what is shaping out to be a very competitive 2006 season.
Commenting on his expectations for the upcoming Atlantic Series season, Garcia concluded, "This year will be one of the most competitive in the Series history due to the depth in driver as well as team talent. I am pleased with the new car and engine program.
They will make the Series everything that a driver development series should be and I commend the Champ Car World Series and the Series owners for the choices they have made in this regard".
About Transnet Racing
Venezuelan driver Alex Garcia founded Transnet Racing in 2002 with the goal of participating in the top echelons of U.S. racing while providing a platform for young, skilled drivers who want to compete at the highest levels of the international racing scene.