INDIANAPOLIS (October 3, 2002) - Championship Auto Racing Teams announced today that FedEx Championship Series teams Visteon/Patrick Racing and Fernandez Racing will participate in this weekend's CART Mentor Program held during the Grand Prix ...
INDIANAPOLIS (October 3, 2002) - Championship Auto Racing Teams announced today that FedEx Championship Series teams Visteon/Patrick Racing and Fernandez Racing will participate in this weekend's CART Mentor Program held during the Grand Prix Americas in Miami. Toyota Atlantic champion Jon Fogarty will be hosted by the Visteon/Patrick Racing team, which is owned by legendary Champ Car owner and CART founder U.E. "Pat" Patrick. Barber Dodge Pro Series champion AJ Allmendinger will be hosted by the Fernandez Racing team, owned by current Champ Car driver Adrian Fernandez and partner Tom Anderson.
"Everyone at Visteon/Patrick Racing feels it is important to support the CART mentor program and are happy to be a part of it," said Visteon/Patrick Racing General Manager Jim McGee. "The program gives young drivers an opportunity to see and participate in some of the activities and meetings that occur on race weekends. This should give them some idea of what to expect when they move up to the Champ Cars."
"I believe it is a great opportunity for any young up-and-coming driver to be associated with an upper level team," commented Tom Anderson, Co-Owner and Managing Director of Fernandez Racing. "For sure it will show them a direction on how one team attempts to achieve success. All teams do things a little bit different, but we are all trying to accomplish the same thing and that is to win professional motor races."
The CART Mentor Program is designed to increase the line of communications between drivers and teams and expand the future opportunities for the drivers of the CART Ladder System. As part of this program, Fogarty and Allmendinger will attend and take part in every aspect of a race weekend, including debriefings, engineering sessions and team meetings, plus press and sponsor events, when applicable.