MANSELL TO LEAVE NEWMAN/HAAS RACING AFTER 1994 SEASON
LINCOLNSHIRE, ILL.--Newman/Haas Racing today announced that Nigel Mansell will not return to the team for the 1995 PPG Indy Car Series.
Carl A. Haas said on behalf of Newman/Haas Racing that Mansell has expressed a strong desire to return to Formula One racing. Haas said the team does not wish to stand in Mansell's way and his release will become effective after the final race of the 1994 Indy Car season, which is Oct. 9 at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Monterey Calif.
Newman/Haas Racing and Mansell made history in 1993, when Nigel became the first reigning Formula One world champion to switch full-time to the Indy Car circuit. He went on to capture the PPG Cup title -- the first true rookie ever to do so -- and scored five wins en route to Driver of the Year honors.
"Paul Newman and I have enjoyed our success with Nigel," said Haas. "We became friends and we made history together.
"Along with our major sponsors, Kmart Corp, and Texaco/Havoline, plus all our associate sponsors, we thank Nigel for his contributions to Newman/Haas Racing and the worldwide attention he brought to the PPG Indy Car World Series. We all wish him the best of luck and success in the future, and I know our friendship will continue."
Haas added that an announcement regarding the team's 1995 drivers will be made in the near future.