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GP2 teams take delivery of first cars

One third of the inaugural GP2 series teams have today collected their first chassis from the Dallara factory in Parma, Italy. Production of the first 12 cars began last October, and over the next three days the remaining 8 will be made...

One third of the inaugural GP2 series teams have today collected their first chassis from the Dallara factory in Parma, Italy.

Production of the first 12 cars began last October, and over the next three days the remaining 8 will be made available for collection. The engine and gearbox will follow from February 1st to 12th. The teams will take delivery of their second chassis, engine and gearbox in March.

As each chassis is collected by its new owners, the GP2 development car will undergo its final two tests. The first one will run until February 2nd, with RDD driver Lucas Di Grassi at the wheel, and the second from the 9th -11th February. Both will be held at Circuit Paul Ricard, France.

Bruno Michel -- GP2 series organiser: Today is an important day for the GP2 series. Before this point, only one GP2 car existed. By the end of the week, each one of our 12 teams will have their first chassis. I d like to repeat my gratitude to our partners at Dallara, who have designed and manufactured a chassis which has not only met our original design brief, but which has passed every F1 FIA safety test. Thanks must also go to Mader Racing for their dedication and expertise in building the Renault-designed engines which will power the GP2 series and, of course, to our tyre supplier Bridgestone. The delivery of these first cars marks the start of a chain of events which will lead us to our first race in Imola on the weekend of April 24th. This truly is an exciting time for everyone involved with the GP2 series.

Gianpaolo Dallara -- Dallara: For us, today marks the real beginning of the GP2 series. The dream is now a reality. For the first time the GP2 car is no longer a prototype, but a real racing car. The development of this car from concept to design to production has been an immense challenge, but now we face the most important aspect of our role in the GP2 series - to ensure that we provide a high level of service and consistently improve our product over the lifetime of the championship. It will be a fantastic test, and I am confident that we will achieve the goals we have set ourselves. I look forward to the challenges which we will face in the months and years ahead.

2005 line-up:

Arden International
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN)
Nicolas Lapierre (FRA)

ART Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg (FIN)
TBA

BCN Competicion
Ernesto Viso (VEN)
TBA

Campos Racing
Juan Cruz Alvarez (ARG)
TBA

Coloni Motorsport
Gianmaria Bruni (ITA)
TBA

Dams
Jose Maria Lopez (ARG)
Fairuz Fauzy (MAL)

David Price Racing
Ryan Sharp (GBR)
Olivier Pla (FRA)

Durango
Clivio Piccione (MC)
Ferdinando Monfardini (ITA)

HiTech Piquet
Nelson Piquet Jr (BRA)
Xandinho Negrao (BRA)

iSport International
Scott Speed (USA)
TBA

Racing Engineering
Borja Garcia (SPN)
TBA

Super Nova
TBA
TBA

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