Houston: Polestar Racing preview

Polestar Racing Group's Alex Barron and Alan Sciuto Ready for Houston as Atlantic Competition Heats Up for Fast Trac 100 Houston, Texas (May 10, 2006) -- If the 2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Series Powered by Mazda...

Polestar Racing Group's Alex Barron and Alan Sciuto Ready for Houston as Atlantic Competition Heats Up for Fast Trac 100

Houston, Texas (May 10, 2006) -- If the 2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Series Powered by Mazda season promises anything, it's that every race is going to be a hotly contested battle for track position, not to mention the $2 million dollar incentive that goes to the championship winner.

This Saturday's Fast Trac 100, the second round of the 12-race Atlantic series, takes the fight to the streets around Reliant Park, with an all-new track and a host of teams and drivers hungry to win. While the Reliant 1.615-mile circuit presents an unknown challenge for everyone, the Chardon, Ohio-based Polestar Racing Group team is no stranger to Atlantic race and championship victories. Under the guidance of co-owners Jim Griffith, Pam Griffith and Bruce Potter, the team accounted for nearly half of last year's Atlantic race wins by capturing five victories out of 12 events with series rookies Katherine Legge and Antoine Bessette.

For 2006, Polestar brings out its street-fighting arsenal in the form of 1997 Atlantic series champion Barron (#21 The Room Store of Arizona Swift) and pole-winning rookie Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The Room Store of Arizona Swift). Barron himself staked five wins, four poles and the Rookie-of-the-Year title on his way to claim the '97 Atlantic crown with the same engineer he has today - Jim Griffith.

"To say we're hungry to run up front would be an understatement," said Barron, who finished eighth in last month's 2006 season opener at Long Beach. "After Long Beach we were a bit puzzled. We were a little behind to begin with, but we just wrapped up two very productive days of testing and made a big jump in the right direction. We have a much better understanding of what the car wants. We can make it turn, we can make grip, and we have a very good set-up for a street course, which bodes well for this weekend."

Sciuto, who also cracked the top ten in Long Beach by finishing tenth in his first race with the Polestar team, is seeking a return to his front-running form that put him on pole in only his second of three Atlantic starts last year. "We're certainly on the right track," said Sciuto, 18, of Orange, Calif. "We just came off of a very good test and made some significant gains. We've been focusing on learning more about the car and were able to try a ton of things. We're pretty upbeat about everything and anxious to see how things will go this weekend."

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Barron , Katherine Legge , Antoine Bessette , Alan Sciuto