Patrick Carpentier to race for A1 Team Canada Montreal, Quebec (January 19, 2006) -- A1 Team Canada is delighted to announce today that open-wheel racing standout Patrick Carpentier will represent Canada in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations -- "The...
Patrick Carpentier to race for A1 Team Canada
Montreal, Quebec (January 19, 2006) -- A1 Team Canada is delighted to announce today that open-wheel racing standout Patrick Carpentier will represent Canada in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations -- "The World Cup of Motorsport" in Round 9 of the inaugural series at Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico (24-26 February) and again in Round 10 at Laguna Seca, California, USA (10-12 March).
"I'm really excited to be representing Canada in the A1 Grand Prix Series," stated Carpentier. "I'm grateful to Wade Cherwayko for the offer to join the Canadian team and to Mecachrome for allowing me to compete in Mexico and the USA. I won my last race at Laguna Seca in Champ Cars in 2004, I love the track and I know some of the other quick guys from the IRL are going to be representing their countries that weekend -- it's going to be a lot of fun!
"I've raced a couple of times at Fundidora Park in Mexico as well so again I know the track and can take the time to get used to the A1GP car. I have to say the A1 Team Canada car looks amazing and I can't wait to start racing it next month."
A1 Team Canada Franchise holder, Wade Cherwayko, is equally pleased to have Carpentier represent Canada when the A1 Grand Prix of Nations crosses the Atlantic for the first time next month.
"Patrick brings an exceptional amount of talent and experience to our driver line- up, he's a proven winner at the top level of open-wheel competition and more importantly he's a great ambassador for Canada having competed internationally against some of the world's finest drivers. Participating in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations gives Canada the opportunity to put its stamp firmly on the world motorsport map and to follow on from the reputation established by the likes of Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve in Formula One.
He continued, "Our involvement in the series also represents a major business opportunity for Canadian companies looking for a global vehicle to promote themselves. With 25 different nations competing and the series visiting five different continents during the season, Canadian businesses can actively promote themselves globally while utilizing the universal appeal of the first ever 'World Cup of Motorsport'."
With Vancouver's Sean McIntosh (20) driving for A1 Team Canada, the team has collected a total of seven top-ten starts and seven top-ten finishes, McIntosh's podium finish in October's second round Feature race a notable highlight along with a pair of top-six finishes from Round 6 in Dubai in December. McIntosh will continue to represent Canada in Rounds 7 and 8 in South Africa (27-29 January) and Indonesia (10-12 February) respectively before the A1 Grand Prix of Nations crosses the Atlantic and Patrick Carpentier takes over behind the wheel of A1 Team Canada's charger in Mexico and the United States.