MEXICAN RACER DAVID MARTINEZ JOINS US RACETRONICS ATLANTIC TEAM FOR NEXT EVENT IN MONTERREY, MEXICO INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2005) -- One of Mexico's top rising open-wheel racing stars will return to scene of perhaps his greatest victory with...
MEXICAN RACER DAVID MARTINEZ JOINS US RACETRONICS ATLANTIC TEAM FOR NEXT EVENT IN MONTERREY, MEXICO
INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2005) -- One of Mexico's top rising open-wheel racing stars will return to scene of perhaps his greatest victory with today's announcement that 23-year-old driver David Martinez will compete for the US RaceTronics team at the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans, Round 2 of the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama.
Martinez, who was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico but has lived in Monterrey since he was four-years-old, will continue testing for US RaceTronics this week and will race in the #7 entry with sponsorship from Roshfrans at the 2.104-mile Fundidora Park circuit in his hometown, May 20-22.
Joining the Toyota Atlantic Championship for the Monterrey event is more than just a homecoming for Martinez. The talented racer will be returning to a track where he has some pretty fond memories. In 2003, Martinez competed in the Barber Dodge Pro Series during the annual Champ Car World Series race weekend and he posted a dramatic victory in front of his hometown fans. Starting from second place, Martinez passed polewinner Leo Maia on the opening lap and he cruised to his lone series win while becoming the first Mexican driver to win an international race in his home country. Martinez wound up finishing fourth in the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship that season.
"I have pretty good memories of racing in Monterrey," said Martinez, who will be competing at US RaceTronics under the guidance of owner Shane Seneviratne, the former team manager for the championship-winning Dorricott Racing team, "I really want to experience racing in front of the Mexican fans again. Working with Shane and the team and the experience they have in the series, I think we can do very well in this race."
Martinez also has one Atlantic start under his belt, which came at Monterrey as well. He ran for Condor Motorsports in 2002 and finished 15th in his series debut.
In addition to his Atlantic and Barber Dodge racing experience, Martinez also competed in the Eurocup Renault V6 series, earning five top-five finishes last season. He claimed the Mexican Formula Renault Championship with five wins in 2003 and was named Rookie of the Year in the Mexican F3 series in 1999.
"I'm excited about racing in Atlantics again," added Martinez. "I love the people that work in the series and it's very competitive. I want to thank Shane (Seneviratne) and the team and I want to thank Roshfrans for this opportunity."
The Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans Atlantic race (tape-delayed broadcast on SPEED Channel - Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. ET), is scheduled for 32 laps (67.328 miles) and will be run on Sunday, May 22. The Atlantics will be in action throughout the weekend in Monterrey with qualifying rounds highlighting activities on Friday and Saturday.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. 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. Current Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Toyota Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champion A.J. Allmendinger. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.toyotaatlantic.com.