Dan Clarke Completes CTE Racing -- HVM 2006 Driver Line-Up Indianapolis, IN (March 28, 2006) -- CTE Racing -- HVM partners Keith Wiggins and Cedric "The Entertainer" announced today that British racer Dan Clarke will complete their 2006...
Dan Clarke Completes CTE Racing -- HVM 2006 Driver Line-Up
Indianapolis, IN (March 28, 2006) -- CTE Racing -- HVM partners Keith Wiggins and Cedric "The Entertainer" announced today that British racer Dan Clarke will complete their 2006 driver line-up and will be the pilot of the #14 CTE Racing -- HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola throughout the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Championship.
Clarke 22, a native of North Yorkshire, England will make his American racing debut in two weeks time at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Clarke completed a two day CTE Racing evaluation under the watchful eye of team owner Keith Wiggins last week at Sebring International Raceway, "I think it's known that we always favor new talent and clearly with Dan's history in Europe, it shows that has got the talent necessary given the right training and time," commented Wiggins. "Having said that, the evaluation Dan completed last week was extremely impressive, which just reaffirms our belief that in the right environment, he will shine in Champ Car, given the time to gain experience."
Clarke joins the Champ Car World Series from the competitive British F3 Championship, where he won as a Rookie in 2005. Prior to that, Clarke won the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in 2004 and finished second in the UK Formula Ford Championship that same year. In his native Britain, Clarke is known as "Speedy Dan," and by the likes of his recent CTE Racing -- HVM evaluation, his nickname will stick Stateside as he clocked a 50.3 second lap at Sebring last week, on only his second time in a Champ Car.
Clarke anticipates a challenging yet rewarding Rookie season driving for CTE Racing -- HVM, "I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to compete in Champ Car, one of the world's most competitive open wheel racing series. It's always been a goal of mine to compete in this series, and to drive for and learn from an experienced team like CTE Racing -- HVM will be a great step in my racing career." Clarke continued, "I have to thank Keith (Wiggins) and Cedric ("The Entertainer"), for this opportunity, the team was very supportive in my evaluation at Sebring, I felt comfortable in the car immediately. My goal will be to win the Rookie of the Year title in 2006."