CHAMPCAR/CART: Forsythe Hilliard shop to shutdown, Herta out of ride

Motorsport.com -- Forsythe Championship Racing's team owner, Jerry Forsythe, has to shutdown the Hilliard, Ohio operations which housed the ...

Motorsport.com -- Forsythe Championship Racing's team owner, Jerry Forsythe, has to shutdown the Hilliard, Ohio operations which housed the #77 Bryan Herta team. General Manager, Tony Brunetti, announced to the team that without sponsorship, there was no alternative, according to a team member.

Neither Forsythe, Brunetti or Steve Dickson (team manager) have been available for comment.

This move does not affect the Forsythe/Player's operations.

Forsythe Racing began operations in the Championship Auto Racing Teams in 1983 with rookie driver Teo Fabi. The team won four races in a March-Cosworth and finished second in the championship.

In 1986, Forsythe sold the team to concentrate on his business, Indeck based in his hometown of Wheeling, Illinois. Currently, he is Chairman of the Borad and CEO of Indeck.

In 1993, Forsythe returned to racing forming a partnership with Barry Green in the Toyota Atlantic series.

In 1994, Forsythe/Player's Racing was formed with Barry Green and team driver, Jacques Villeneuve [now BAR Honda team driver in F1]. In 1995, he assumed full ownership of the team and hired driver Teo Fabi.

In 2000, Forsythe formed the Hilliard, Ohio based Zakspeed/Forsythe team with driver Bryan Herta. At approximately the halfway point of the 2001 season, Zakspeed pulled out of the alliance due to a lack of sponsorship.

Their record has not been impressive even though in the later stages in 2001, the team was showing some promise.

Without an apparent sponsor for the 2002 season, the team will shutdown the shop effective November 30th.

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