Montgomery Joins Condor Motorsports

MONTGOMERY JOINS CONDOR MOTORSPORTS FOR LONG BEACH HOMECOMING NORTHRIDGE, Calif., March 26, 1998 - Veteran KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship driver, Case Montgomery, has joined Condor Motorsports and will team with rookie Pierre...

MONTGOMERY JOINS CONDOR MOTORSPORTS FOR LONG BEACH HOMECOMING

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., March 26, 1998 - Veteran KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship driver, Case Montgomery, has joined Condor Motorsports and will team with rookie Pierre Gonyou. Carlos Bobeda, who ran Montgomery in the latter half of the 1997 season, will direct the two-car Swift program. "After having Case work with us for a few days, I realized the benefit of having a teammate with such great experience," Gonyou said. "With his record as a proven winner, ability to set up cars and his marketing capabilities, I don't think I could have chosen a better teammate and I know he'll add a lot to Condor Motorsports. Since I've worked with Carlos many times in the past, I know Case and I will be in good hands." Montgomery is equally optimistic. "I really have to thank Pierre," Montgomery said. "Back in February I was a little worried about having to start a career in forestry management or cat-grooming or something, but now I can focus on driving. I enjoy working with him and this opportunity allows me to continue my relationship with Carlos. We spent the winter months working on some promising projects and we hope to be able to blend our strengths together into a winning effort." The team has taken delivery of the second Swift chassis and will have it sorted out for the open test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park at the end of the month. Montgomery was fifth in points last year and fourth the two previous seasons, with wins at Long Beach and Laguna Seca to his credit. He was plagued with mechanical problems last year and began working with Bobeda at the Cleveland event. Gonyou enters his first year of serious competition after gaining experience in Pro Mazda, Formula Ford, Formula Continental and karting. He has undergone extensive testing programs in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship and Indy Lights as well as an Indycar test. Bobeda, a former driver, has been involved in the Atlantic series since 1979 and is excited about the coming year. "For me, the best thing outside driving is to be an owner and engineer," Bobeda said. "This is a fresh start for Condor Motorsports - it will be the first time I've been able to approach a program with my own ideas and without interference from other sources. It will be great to work with both Case and all his abilities and Pierre, with all his commitment and enthusiasm." Montgomery will pilot the red, white and blue No. 32 car and Gonyou will drive the No. 31 car with the same colors.

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