DANILO DIRANI TO COMPETE FOR DEFENDING ATLANTIC-CHAMPION CONDOR MOTORSPORTS TEAM IN 2006 FONTANA, California (March 21, 2006) -- Last season the Condor Motorsports team guided a polished rookie driver with a strong European racing background...
DANILO DIRANI TO COMPETE FOR DEFENDING ATLANTIC-CHAMPION CONDOR MOTORSPORTS TEAM IN 2006
FONTANA, California (March 21, 2006) -- Last season the Condor Motorsports team guided a polished rookie driver with a strong European racing background to the Atlantic series championship. In 2006, the veteran Atlantic Condor team hopes to key a title run for another driver with an accomplished overseas racing resume to the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.
Brazilian racer Danilo Dirani has joined the Bloomington, California-based Condor Motorsports team for the upcoming season. After some impressive performances over the last two seasons in the competitive British Formula 3 Championship, the 23-year-old Dirani joins the Atlantic championship hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's series champion Charles Zwolsman. On Tuesday, Zwolsman joined Mi-Jack Conquest Racing for the 2006 Champ Car World Series season.
Dirani will compete this year in Champ Car's top development series with sponsorship from the Canary Fund as well as Functional Card, M TEL and Perkons.
"Danilo is a very talented driver and we're excited to welcome him to the team this season," said Condor Motorsports team owner Carlos Bobeda. "Atlantics will have one of the most competitive series in racing this season and we're looking forward to defending our championship with one of the top rookies in the field."
In 2005 Dirani won the first two rounds of British Formula 3 competition at Donington. He went on to claim sixth place in the championship after securing a fifth-place series finish in 2004 behind a pair of wins and three poles. Winner of several regional and national karting championships in his native Brazil, Dinari also won the South American Formula 3 title in 2003.
Dirani spent Tuesday with the rest of the 2006 Atlantic field, testing the limits of his new #1 Mazda-Cosworth/Swift 016.a/Yokohama Atlantic car at the California Speedway road circuit. The native of Sao Paulo will return to the track for another full day of testing on Wednesday before making his official series debut April 7-9 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. Beginning its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2005 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. Competing in newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine riding on Yokohama ADVAN Racing Slicks, 2006 competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion's bonus. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.