Lola Confirms Support of The Italian Formula 3000 Championship
Following last week's announcement, made in conjunction by the Italian governing body of motorsport - the CSAI and Coloni Motorsport, Lola Cars International Ltd are pleased to welcome and officially recognise the Italian Formula 3000 series, which will begin in 2005.
In addition to a new competitive series that will headline an exciting package of events organised by the CSAI, Lola are pleased to announce that the inaugural winner of the series will receive a test with a Champ Car team at the end of the season. Following in the tradition of success that has seen the likes of 2004 Championship protagonists Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais successfully graduate to ChampCars from F3000, the 2005 champion will be given a valuable chance to follow in their footsteps.
With both the Lola B99/50 and B02/50 eligible for the series, healthy grids and close racing are expected. Lola Cars would like to express their intention of officially supporting the series and working together exclusively with Coloni Motorsport to ensure a dedicated and smooth engineering and logistical future for the series.
Lola will also commit to ensuring that parity is gained for the two different chassis that are able to race in the series - the Lola B99/50 and Lola B02/50. Lola will also offer support to Coloni to ensure full and adequate technical support and parts supply. If required Lola will accept orders for new B02/50 cars.
The Italian F3000 series will consist of 8 events in Italy and will headline events organised by the C.S.A.I. Coloni Motorsport has started negotiations with A.C.I. Sport in order to define a promotional program of the series whose details will come communicates shortly.
Lola Cars International Ltd have been the sole supplier to the International and European Formula 3000 championships since 1996, providing cars that have made the careers of a generation of current Formula One drivers, including Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld.