Forsythe Racing announces sponsor partner, drivers

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- December 8, 2006 - Forsythe Championship Racing is pleased to announce a blockbuster partnership with Red Bull, the world's ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- December 8, 2006 - Forsythe Championship Racing is pleased to announce a blockbuster partnership with Red Bull, the world's #1 energy drink, that brings two of North America's most promising young drivers to Team Forsythe for an all-out attack on the 2007 edition of the Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.

15 year-old American sensation John Edwards and 17 year-old Canadian prodigy Robert Wickens, both products of the Red Bull Junior Team program, have joined the Forsythe squad with primary sponsorship from Red Bull. Edwards, Wickens and the Forsythe Atlantic squad have set their sights squarely on the $2 million dollar prize to be awarded to the 2007 Atlantic Champion.

Jerry Forsythe, Owner, Forsythe Championship Racing

"Red Bull has shown an incredible commitment to driver development here in North America, paving the way for young open wheel stars to get the opportunities they deserve. We are honored to be selected as beneficiary of this development program as two of the brightest stars on the horizon have come on board with us for 2007. John and Robert are proven winners, but beyond that they are two incredible young men who have committed themselves to reaching the pinnacle of open wheel racing. We look forward to the 2007 Atlantic season with great anticipation."

John Brunner, Atlantic Team Manager, Forsythe Championship Racing

"We had a chance to test Robert and John in Moroso (Florida) last month and again last week at Thunderhill (California) and they were both quite impressive. Their talent is unmistakable, and when these young men are out of the car it's pretty amazing how mature and focused they are. They're young, but both have a lot of racing experience and when they put their helmets on it's like they become grizzled old veterans instead of teenagers! We're looking forward to the first series open test in January when we can really see how we stack up against what looks like another incredibly strong Atlantic field for 2007."

John Edwards
Little Rock, Arkansas -- Age 15
Atlantic Team Driver

"It's great to be joining Forsythe for next season. I can tell already that they have one of the best packages, and I can't wait to see how we compare to the others at the first race in Las Vegas. I've enjoyed working with everyone on the team, and it's great to be working with people that understand every detail of the car."

Robert Wickens
Toronto, Ontario -- Age 17
Atlantic Team Driver

Forsythe Championship Racing "Ever since I can remember I have always looked up to Canadian Forsythe drivers like Greg Moore, Alex Tagliani, Lee Bentham, Jacques Villeneuve and of course Paul Tracy. So to be able to say that I am a part of Forsythe Championship Racing is a real honor to me and a dream come true. I plan on making the most of it. It looks like the Atlantic Championship is once again shaping up to be highly competitive. That being said, I always expect a lot out of myself, and 2007 will be no different. I think if we can achieve consistent top five finishes through out the season, we will have a very good chance of winning the title."

Forsythe Championship Racing's Red Bull Atlantic squad hit the track for testing November 29-30 at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California, part of a comprehensive testing schedule for the team leading up to the first event of the 2007 Atlantic Championship on the streets of Las Vegas, April 6-8. For more information about the Atlantic Championship, please visit the official website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.

-credit: fcr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Robert Wickens , Greg Moore , John Edwards , Lee Bentham