ATLANTIC STARS CHARLES ZWOLSMAN AND KATHERINE LEGGE NAMED TO 2005 ALL-AMERICA AUTO RACING TEAM INDIANAPOLIS (November 11, 2005) -- Two of the brightest stars in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama have been named to...
ATLANTIC STARS CHARLES ZWOLSMAN AND KATHERINE LEGGE NAMED TO 2005 ALL-AMERICA AUTO RACING TEAM
INDIANAPOLIS (November 11, 2005) -- Two of the brightest stars in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama have been named to the "Dream Team" of American auto racing.
Both Charles Zwolsman, the 2005 Atlantic series champion, and fellow rookie sensation Katherine Legge, who claimed third in the championship this season, have been elected to the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Auto Racing Team. A panel of nearly 300 members of the motorsports press participated in voting for the annual team. This year's squad is the largest in the 35-year history of the All-American team with 17 of the top stars of American racing recognized for their achievements this season.
This year's team consisted of seven racing categories -- open wheel, stock car, road racing, drag racing, short track, touring series and an at-large division. The top two vote getters in each category were named to the first team with the third- and fourth-place selections named to the second team. All other drivers receiving at least five percent of the votes in each category received honorable mention recognition.
After producing three victories and a series-leading five poles and eight podium results in his first year racing in North America, Zwolsman captured the Atlantic crown with Condor Motorsports. The 26-year-old native of the Netherlands, who earned a 13th-place finish last weekend at Mexico City in his Champ Car World Series debut, was named to the second team in the at-large category.
Legge, who enjoyed a remarkable rookie season competing for Polestar Racing Group in 2005, became only the 12th driver ever elected to the All-American team as a write-in candidate, earning honorable mention in the at-large division. Legge became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America when she claimed victory on the streets of Long Beach in April. She earned two more wins and a total of five podiums over the 12-race championship.
Several other graduates of the Atlantic series were also named to the 2005 All-American team. Dan Wheldon, who was the Atlantic series runner-up in 2000, was named to the open-wheel first team after capturing the Indy Car series crown this season. Danica Patrick, who raced in Atlantics from 2003-04, was named to the open wheel second team, also as a write-in candidate. Grand-Am racer Luis Diaz, a 2002-03 Atlantic competitor, was named to the road racing first team. Champ Car star and 1987 Atlantic racer Paul Tracy earned honorable mention in the open-wheel category along with 1999 Atlantic grad Sam Hornish Jr.
The members of the 2005 All-America Auto Racing Team will be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet and 50th anniversary celebration of the organization on Saturday, December 3 in Indianapolis. For more information on the banquet, which is open to the public, call (818) 842-7005 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.