Road America: Polestar Racing preview

Bessette Returns to Polestar for Road America Atlantic Finale Sciuto Seeks Strong Finish in Second Road America Appearance Chardon, Ohio (September 20, 2006) -- Former Polestar Racing Group Atlantic race winner Antoine Bessette rejoins the team...

Bessette Returns to Polestar for Road America Atlantic Finale
Sciuto Seeks Strong Finish in Second Road America Appearance

Chardon, Ohio (September 20, 2006) -- Former Polestar Racing Group Atlantic race winner Antoine Bessette rejoins the team for this weekend's Gehl Champ Car Atlantic Championship Finale at Road America. Bessette, of St. Bruno, Quebec, will pilot the #21 The RoomStore of Phoenix Polestar entry previously driven by Alex Barron and Ronnie Bremer earlier this season. Polestar regular Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore of Phoenix/W.S Deans) will make his second appearance at Elkhart Lake's Road America after posting a seventh-place finish last year.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the track with Polestar this weekend," said Bessette, who raced in Portland and Montreal this year with two other teams. "We won a couple of races together last year and went on to finish fourth overall. I'm glad we were able to put this together for this weekend. Road America is the fastest track we race on and we're all hoping for a good result."

"We're pretty excited about racing at Road America," said Sciuto, who is ninth overall and the sixth-highest rookie coming into this weekend's Atlantic season finale. "We had a strong car in Montreal last month and we seem to have found a much better set-up for higher speed courses. It's been kind of an up and down season for us, but we're giving it all we've got to have a good finish to the year at Road America."

Bessette, 24, captured two victories, four podiums and one pole last season while driving for Polestar. He finished outside of the top five in just three events, went on to place third in the 2005 Atlantic Rookie-of-the-Year championship, and received the Gilles Villeneuve award by the Atlantic series.

Orange, California - native Sciuto, 18, was recognized as North America's top shifter kart racer in 2004 before competing in three Atlantic races last year. He qualified seventh in his series debut in San Jose, then the following week in Denver led both rounds of qualifying to capture his first career Atlantic pole position and establish himself as the youngest-ever Atlantic pole winner at just 17 years of age.

Last year at Road America, Bessette started sixth and finished 13th. Polestar teammate Katherine Legge finished second after starting third to claim her fifth podium of 2005. Polestar co-owners Jim Griffith, Pam Griffith and Bruce Potter are all experienced Atlantic veterans, having been instrumental to the Atlantic championship-winning efforts of Barron (1997), Patrick Carpentier (1996) and Buddy Rice (2000).

For 2006, the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, now in it's 33rd year, features an all-new made-in-the-USA Atlantic Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine. All competitors are vying for an unprecedented $2 million bonus designed for the series champion to use in securing a full-time Champ Car ride in 2007.

-credit: polestar racing

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron , Gilles Villeneuve , Katherine Legge , Buddy Rice , Antoine Bessette , Alan Sciuto