CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing 1999 Program

NOVEMBER 1, 1998 FONTANA, CALIFORNIA HERDEZ/PAYTON-COYNE RACING ANNOUNCE 1999 PROGRAM Fontana, CA (Novemeber 1, 1998) Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing is proud to announce an enhanced program for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series. The next season...

NOVEMBER 1, 1998 FONTANA, CALIFORNIA

HERDEZ/PAYTON-COYNE RACING ANNOUNCE 1999 PROGRAM

Fontana, CA (Novemeber 1, 1998) Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing is proud to announce an enhanced program for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series. The next season will be the third year of a long-term relationship between Herdez -a large Mexican salsa and food producer- and Payton-Coyne Racing with car # 19.

The team's strong joint venture program with Herdez driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will feature a new Lola chassis on a full season basis. The development of this new chassis by the Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing Team will play an important role in improved performance in the coming year.

Lola has worked hard since its new ownership, to put in place the factory and people to bring Lola back into the competitive form that is a great part of the company's heritage.

"This will be a full factory effort with proper testing, development and engineering to place Lola back into the Winner's Circle in CART," said Lola's new owner and Managing Director, Martin Birrane. "We are happy with the fact that Herdez, Michel Jourdain and Payton-Coyne are putting together a top program that will be highly competitive."

Ford-Cosworth will continue to be the power plant and Firestone tires -which proved so far to be the best in its field- will be again the team's choice. For the next year, the team will be expanding its engineering department to get maximum potential from this new equipment package.

Herdez, which has a successful racing history in Mexico shows a very ambitious program putting behind its driver Michel Jourdain Jr. all its efforts to make Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing a competitive team.

"The multi year agreement between Herdez and Payton-Coyne shows that our main goal is to be a successful team. We have an aggressive testing program beginning in November to develop the new package to its fullest and we can not wait to get started on our off season testing and development," said Team Owner, Dale Coyne.

"After three years of experience and a very tough 1998 season, I think with our testing program, better engineering and improved communication skills between the team and I, we can give good results the next season," said Herdez backed driver, Michel Jourdain Jr.

"I always felt very comfortable with the relationship with Payton-Coyne Racing. I know the cause of the difficult circumstances we had to pass through, but our human and professional relationship is great and is growing. We are going to prove our potential. We are working to put together a competitive team. We want to enhance the level of the team to reach good results," said Motor Sports Director, Antonio Marron. "We have a great confidence in Michel (Jourdain) and we support him 100%. He has proved to be an outstanding driver. It's tough the way to the top, but he has what is needed to be in the Winner's Circle. We are very excited with the promising perspectives for the next season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Martin Birrane , Dale Coyne , Michel Jourdain