DAVID MARTINEZ OF MEXICO RETURNS TO US RACETRONICS ATLANTIC TEAM FOR 2006 SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS (April 3, 2006) -- Mexican racer David Martinez and the US RaceTronics team hope the momentum they built at the end of the 2005 Atlantic season carries over to the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda in 2006.
Competing with the first-year team last season, Martinez emerged as one of the top rookies in the Atlantic field, posting five podium results to claim fifth in the final series standings. The talented 24-year-old racer from Monterrey, Mexico returns to the US RaceTronics squad this season looking to build on his success from '05. Martinez will race in the #4 entry for the California-based team
"I think we proved last year, especially at the end, that we're a pretty good team," said Martinez. "It's going to be a very tough field in Atlantics this year, but with our experience I think we can be up there fighting for wins and the championship this season."
After claiming the Mexican Formula Renault title in 2003, Martinez began to assert himself in US open-wheel racing. He scored a dramatic victory in front of his hometown fans in Monterrey, Mexico in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in '03 on his way to a fourth-place finish in the series championship. He competed in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup in 2004 before making his 2005 Atlantic debut back at Monterrey with a third-place finish for US RaceTronics.
Despite competing in only 11 of 12 events for a rookie team last season, Martinez was one of Atlantics' most consistent performers, earning top-five results in seven starts. He came on strong toward the end of the year claiming podium results in three of his final four races and earning his first series pole position in Montreal at the season finale.
"We're really excited to have David back with us for this season," said Shane Seneviratne, owner of US RaceTronics. "The team had good success and good continuity at the end of last season and we want to build on that as we head into 2006."
Martinez returned to action for US RaceTronics recently, testing the new Mazda-Cosworth/Swift 016.a/Yokohama Atlantic car for the team at California Speedway. This weekend he will make his first start on the streets of Long Beach when the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic season gets underway at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 7-9.
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