CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2006 GREG MOORE LEGACY AWARD INDIANAPOLIS (November 7, 2006) -- The 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season has seen a number of new talents and fresh faces emerge...
CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2006 GREG MOORE LEGACY AWARD
INDIANAPOLIS (November 7, 2006) -- The 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season has seen a number of new talents and fresh faces emerge in the top level of open-wheel racing, but as the season comes to a close it is fitting that the series continues to recognize those that helped make Champ Car one of the most popular forms of racing in the world.
The annual Greg Moore Legacy Award is one way that Champ Car pays homage to its past, honoring the mercurial Canadian star that lost his life during a 1999 race at California Speedway. The award, now in its seventh year, honors the driver who most typifies Moore's distinctive combination of on-track talent and dynamic personality that led him to become a favorite among the fans, the media and everyone involved with Champ Car racing.
The award winner is determined by a select board of Champ Car personnel, along with media and fan voting, with the honoree being chosen from a list of four nominees.
Champ Car World Series stars Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Nelson Philippe (#4 CTE Racing -- HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) were selected as this year's nominees from the series along with Champ Car Atlantic Championship competitor James Hinchcliffe (#3 Emexis/INDECK).
A seven-year veteran of the Champ Car, Tagliani was part of the same Player's/Forsythe program that Moore raced with, although the two never competed directly against each other. Tagliani has been one of the driving forces in Team Australia's success in the last two seasons, earning four podium finishes including a popular third-place finish in Australia two weeks ago. The Canadian driver can secure a top-ten berth in the final standings this weekend in the season finale despite the fact that he missed a race for the first time in his career, sitting out the Milwaukee event after an accident in practice.
Wilson, like Tagliani, has battled back from an injury this year as he returns to his RuSPORT machine for the season finale after missing the Australia race with a broken wrist. Wilson scored a win in Edmonton this year and needs to finish seventh or better in the finale to move into second place in the standings.
Philippe has had a breakout season in 2006, just one year after being named the winner of the Bosch Most Improved Driver Award. The flamboyant Frenchman became the youngest driver in Champ Car history to win a race -- an honor once held by Moore -- when he took the checkered flag in Australia two weeks ago, giving CTE Racing -- HVM its first win in more than two seasons.
Hinchcliffe is the one of the latest Canadian open-wheel prodigies to follow in Moore's footsteps, scoring a victory in Portland and taking the pole in Montreal in his first season in Champ Car Atlantic competition with Forsythe Championship Racing's new Atlantic squad. The popular driver has also displayed his skills off the track as well in 2006, serving ably as the color analyst on the international Champ Car race broadcasts.
Fans can participate in the voting for this year's Greg Moore Legacy Award by visiting the official website of the Champ Car World Series, www.champcar.ws. The voting will take place in the 'fan poll' section on the front page of the website. Voting will close on the website at noon Eastern Time, Monday, November 13.