HILLIARD, Ohio (December 6) -- Team president Steve Horne announced today that Indy Lights team manager Steve Dickson has been promoted to team manager of the McDonald's Championship Racing Team which will campaign Tony Kanaan in a Honda-Swift package during the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series.

Dickson, 42, of Marietta, Ohio, has been involved in motorsports for over 20 years, and most recently was instrumental in leading the team to two consecutive championships in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Series with Kanaan in 1997 and Cristiano da Matta in 1998.

"Steve has been an integral part of our successes in Indy Lights," said Horne. "I am very pleased to have him head up our Champ Car program. We have worked together on and off since 1986, and I am very confident in his abilities."

Dickson, who spent 14 years as a sprint car driver in the Midwest, began his career at Truesports Co. Racing in 1986, and was involved in the development of the Truesports' made-in-America chassis during the 1991 and '92 seasons. When Truesports closed its doors in the fall of 1992, Dickson was hired by the Rahal/Hogan team and was crew chief on the initial Honda engine test program. He rejoined forces with Horne in 1996 to run the team's Indy Lights program.

"This is a great opportunity to advance my career, and it's the next step in terms of my goals," Dickson said. "I am excited to be working directly with Tony once more, and I am looking forward to our new relationship with Swift, getting to work with Honda again and certainly the challenges of the Champ Car circuit. This team has shown that it can be competitive and win races, and I want to do my part to add to its success."

Dickson grew up around racing. His uncle, Larry Dickson, competed in Champ Cars in the early 1980s and was a four-time USAC Sprint Car champion. Dickson resides in Hilliard with his wife Mary and sons Brandon, Derek and Bryce.