FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ARCIERO-WELLS AND ATLANTIC CHAMPION ALEX BARRON SET TO TEST AT BUTTONWILLOW ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARCIERO-WELLS AND ATLANTIC CHAMPION ALEX BARRON SET TO TEST AT BUTTONWILLOW
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Sept. 12) - - 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic champion Alex Barron, of Vista, Calif., will take another important step in his pursuit to reach the highest level of professional motorsports when he visits Buttonwillow Raceway Park (Calif.) on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to participate in an Indy car test session with Arciero-Wells. Barron, who will test the 1997 Toyota-powered MCI Reynard under the guidance of Arciero-Wells, was awarded opportunity to participate in an Indy car test session by virtue of winning the 1997 Atlantic championship. "I want to congratulate Alex Barron and Lynx Racing for winning the KOOL Toyota Atlantic Championship," said Cal Wells III, co-owner of Arciero-Wells. "Now that I'm an Atlantic-team owner, I can truly appreciate the tremendous job they've done. Alex deserves the opportunity to test with the MCI Racing Indy car team and work with such talent as our team manager, Richard Buck, and technical director, Gordon Coppuck." The melding of Toyota, veteran Indy car team owner Frank Arciero, and prominent motorsports businessman Cal Wells III into Arciero-Wells in 1995 represented one of the most powerful unions in modern motorsports. Arciero-Wells fields Toyota-powered Reynard Indy cars driven by Max Papis and Hiro Matsushita in the PPG CART World Series. "The KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is very pleased that Toyota, in cooperation with Arciero-Wells, is once again offering this opportunity to our 1997 champion," said Vicki O'Connor, president of Pro-Motion Agency, Ltd., the company which administers the Atlantic series. "This is the type of program that I feel is imperative for driver development so that our young stars of racing are able to graduate to higher levels of our sport. A clearer example can't be found as evidenced by the experience and success that our 1996 champion Patrick Carpentier gained following his test with Arciero-Wells last year." The KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is the longest running and richest open-wheel development series in North America, offering more than $1.38 million in total prize money. 1998 will celebrate the 25th anniversary season of Atlantic racing in North America, with Toyota Motor Sales, USA, entering its 10th consecutive season as a primary series sponsor in 1998 while KOOL will begin its second year as co-title sponsor.
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