CARPINTERIA, CALIF. (January 23, 2003) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports recently announced its formation and driver for the upcoming 2003 season. Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., will contest the entire 12-race CART Toyota Atlantic Championship with Pacific Coast Motorsports.
Recently formed, Pacific Coast Motorsports features a vast amount of Atlantic Championship experience. Team owner and Manager Tyler Tadevic has over five years experience in the Atlantic Championship, including managing World Speed Motorsports the past two years. Chief Engineer Mike Doyle has over 20 years of race experience with over nine years experience in the Atlantic Championship, while Chief Mechanic Alex Roberge joins the team having worked with P1 Racing for the past five years.
"Pacific Coast Motorsports is focused on winning, said Tadevic. "Given the skills and experience of the crew, combined with Alex's [Figge] natural talent, we are looking to be a front-runner and have high hopes for the championship."
Driving the No. 69 Wine Country Motorsports/Pacific Coast Motorsports Swift 014.a Toyota, Figge returns for his second year of Atlantic Championship competition. A driver of vast potential, Figge will be looking to capitalize on the experiences he gained in his rookie season. Thus far in pre-season testing, Figge has posted times as fast as the leaders at each test he has attended.
"I can't wait for the season to start," said Figge. "The team has really gelled and I've posted some good results in testing. I know the team will give me all the tools necessary to compete for the championship."
The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is the top rung in CART's "ladder system". The Atlantic Championship features 250 horsepower open-wheel race cars capable of 175 mph, racing on a variety courses. The ideal training ground for the future stars of motorsport, Atlantic Championship alumni includes Michael Andretti, Patrick Carpentier, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Alex Tagliani, Jimmy Vasser and Jacques Villeneuve. The Atlantic Championship receives worldwide media coverage and has a prize fund in excess of one million dollars.
Pacific Coast Motorsports will attend the series test at Firebird International Raceway, March 4-5, ahead of the season-opener, March 23, at the Tecate TelMex Grand Prix, in Monterrey, Mexico.