Chevrolet Europe signs touring car champion
Alain Menu: "I want to be world champion"
36 race victories in his career make Menu record holder in British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
Chevrolet will enter with three cars in World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)
Zurich. Almost 100 years after Louis Chevrolet, the Swiss born founder of General Motor's world wide value brand, won his first race (Three Mile Race in New York, 1905), Chevrolet Europe has signed another Swiss born champion to drive for the brand in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Geneva born Alain Menu (41) has just been nominated as first driver in Chevrolet Europe's three car team. Prepared by Ray Mallock Ltd in the UK, the Chevrolet touring car will compete in the new WTCC which succeeds the European Touring Car Championship. Eric Nève who is responsible for the race program within Chevrolet Europe: "We are extremely happy that Alain will drive for us. His skills will be an important factor in developing our race car. At the same time his experience will give us a benchmark for how well our car needs to perform."
Alain Menu has high goals for his comeback in two litre touring cars as well: "We want to be on the podium in the first year. And by 2006 we must be able to win. I want to become world champion with Chevrolet." Menu is one of the world's most successful touring car pilots. While competing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) from 1992-2000, he was champion twice (1997 and 2000). Also, Menu has achived 36 BTCC race victories during his career, an all time record. On September 26, 2004, Menu finished second in the BTCC Masters. In this Race of Champions most former front runners of the BTCC competed in identical Seat Cupras.