PLAINFIELD, Illinois (June 12, 2003) Former Indy Lights race winner Geoff Boss and Dale Coyne Racing today announced their plans to run the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford beginning with this weekend's Grand...
PLAINFIELD, Illinois (June 12, 2003) Former Indy Lights race winner Geoff Boss and Dale Coyne Racing today announced their plans to run the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford beginning with this weekend's Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Narragansett, Rhode Island driver comes to Champ Car after a stellar career in the CART Ladder System winning in every category in which he raced. Boss began his racing career in 1991 where he took Rookie of the Year in the Skip Barber Formula Ford Championship. Boss went on to be Champion of the East and Midwest Barber Ford series in 1992. The Barber Saab Pro Series was the next challenge from 1993 through 1996, where Geoff was second in the overall championship in 1995 and scored several wins in 95 and 96 at Miami, Sears Point, Phoenix, Reno and Watkins Glen.
After a strong tutelage in the Barber series, Geoff Boss moved up to Dayton Indy Lights from 1997 through 2000. Running with strong fields including Oriol Servia, Cristiano da Matta and Helio Castroneves, Geoff recorded several podiums, top five finishes and a win from pole position at the 1999 Toronto Grand Prix.
Geoff Boss comes from a heritage of family racing. His Grandfather Russ Boss raced against some of the all time greats competing in Sports Cars throughout the 1950's. Currently the Boss brothers have raced in several formulas. Brothers Andy and Peter raced in various Skip Barber and CART ladder series over the past several seasons. Currently Pete Boss is racing in the European F3000 series with his most recent finish a 3rd at Enna, Italy.
"It is every drivers dream in the ladder series to graduate to Champ Cars," reflected the personable Boss. "This is a great opportunity from Dale Coyne and I am grateful to my sponsors who have supported me throughout my racing career in this the biggest step in professional racing."
Dale Coyne Racing has been busy testing at Mid-Ohio and Putnam Park the week following Milwaukee to evaluate and prepare Boss for his rookie debut. "Geoff has proven himself in the past but his lack of track time in the past two years needed to be tested," commented team owner Dale Coyne. "After three days of running, the natural talent of Geoff is becoming evident as we look for a solid beginning and a strong finish to the rest of the season." The team tested one day at Mid-Ohio and two days at Putnam Park, Indiana. Geoff ran highly competitive times at Putnam Park tying the track record previously held by Dario Franchitti at the 1.75-mile Indiana road course.
The Lola/Ford will campaign the remaining CART schedule beginning at Laguna Seca. Geoff Boss represents the third American to be in the Champ Car series full time. More testing is planned after the west coast swing of Laguna Seca and Portland.