CHAMPCAR/CART: David Martinez returns for final two races

David Martinez Set to Race in Australia and Mexico Mexican driver David Martinez announced today that he will join Forsythe Championship Racing for the final two rounds of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. His first race will be the...

David Martinez Set to Race in Australia and Mexico

Mexican driver David Martinez announced today that he will join Forsythe Championship Racing for the final two rounds of the 2007 Champ Car World Series Season. His first race will be the Lexmark Indy 300 which will take place October 19th -- 21st in Surfers Paradise, Australia. For the Season finale Martinez will return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, where last year he became the best Mexican debutant in Champ Car history by qualifying and finishing ninth, also in a Forsythe car, in front of hundreds of thousands of his fellow countrymen. The Gran Premio de Mexico will take place November 9th-11th.

The Monterrey native will get a chance to get behind the wheel of a DP01 for the first time at the historic Sebring International Raceway on September 24th and 25th where he will join his teammate Paul Tracy for a private test. During the test Martinez will get the opportunity to get comfortable with the new chassis and to nourish the relationship with his engineers and with the rest of the team, and at the same time work on car setups for the street circuit in Australia and the permanent road course in Mexico.

Martinez began his career like most other top open-wheel drivers in go karts at a very young age earning numerous championships in Mexico. In 1997 he was named top rookie in the Formula 3000 Marlboro Cup. In 2000 and 2001 he had consecutive fourth place finishes in the Mexican Formula 3 Championship. Martinez made his debut in the Champ Car Ladder System in 2002 making one start in the Atlantic Championship in front of his home crowd in Monterrey, Mexico.

A Barber Dodge Pro Series victory at Monterrey, Mexico and the Mexican Formula Renault Championship highlighted his 2003 season. In 2004 Martinez migrated to Europe and produced five top-five results in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup Series. The 25 year old missed the first race of the year in the 2005 Champ Car Atlantic Championship but still managed to claim fifth in his rookie season. He finished third in his first race in Monterrey Mexico, captured his first career pole and scored a total of four podiums and seven top-five finishes. In 2006 Martinez returned to Atlantic and repeated his fifth place in the championship despite a challenging season in which he switched teams halfway through the year, but still managed to continue his success on Mexican soil by finishing third at the Monterrey, Mexico event.

The highlight of his career, until now, was at the end of the 2006 season when the Forsythe Team hired him for the Gran Premio de Mexico where he raced after having only one test day in these 750 horsepower turbocharged race cars. The lack of experience did not impede Martinez from putting on an impressive performance qualifying and finishing ninth in a race that also marked the first time he drove a Champ Car in the rain. His Champ Car debut was the best by any Mexican driver in Series history.

David Martinez

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"I'm very happy to be working with Forsythe Championship Racing again. They gave me my first drive in Champ Car last year and it went pretty well. I really look forward to driving the DP01 for the first time, it seems like a really good racecar and I believe it will fit my driving style. I{m going to get some testing in the new car at Sebring before we go to Australia, which will give me a good chance to work with the team and get back up to speed. I'll have to learn the track in Australia, so it will be a challenge but when we get back to Mexico City I'm prepared to give my fellow countrymen and Mexico a great result. I can't wait to get back in the car!"

-credit: dm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , David Martinez