Milwaukee Pete Mercier Preview

Palm Springs, Calif. (May 30, 2000) – World Speed is gearing up to round “America’s Legendary” famed 1-mile oval in West Allis, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Mile is the site of round four of the Toyota Atlantic Championship series, which will...

Palm Springs, Calif. (May 30, 2000) – World Speed is gearing up to round “America’s Legendary” famed 1-mile oval in West Allis, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Mile is the site of round four of the Toyota Atlantic Championship series, which will take place this weekend, June 2-3, part of the Miller Lite 225 CART FedEx Championship weekend.

Rookie sensation, Pete Mercier, the driver for the #14 World Speed – Northwest SpeedWerx/Walker Racing Swift 008.a, will be coming home to his hometown of West Bend, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee. “It’s really exciting for me to race on my hometown track. I spent several years growing up here, but never had the opportunity to compete at the Milwaukee Mile. I actually have driven a go-kart on the track, but that was for a school project,” said Mercier.

Mercier finished ninth last month in the streets of Long Beach, the first street race of his career. But now Mercier is ready to get back to an oval, “All of our oval testing has gone very well, so we’ll be competitive out there. I’m ready to turn the season around, I’m just not satisfied with top ten, I want top five, at least,” said a determined Mercier.

Chuck West, now in his seventh year as an Atlantic team owner, knows Pete is capable of running up front, “Pete is really strong on ovals, in Miami he ran in the top three and proved he definitely can be competitive. I feel comfortable that we’ll provide a strong car and that Pete will keep us in the hunt,” said West.

Mercier, of Las Vegas, Nevada, worked his way into the driver’s seat following several years as a professional race car mechanic and engineer. His background includes crew chief responsibilities for the Russell Racing School, engineering a Star Formula Mazda team and car preparation for 1995 Toyota Atlantic Championship winner Richie Hearn. Behind the wheel, Mercier has been a winning driver in shifter karts, Skip Barber Formula Dodge and the Russell Racing and Formula Mazda series. He has served as a driving coach for Star Formula Mazda competitors and currently instructs at the Derek Daly Academy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Mercier joins the 2000 Atlantic Championship as part of the Northwest SpeedWerx driver development program. This program was designed to identify aspiring young drivers and assist them with the resources and promotional guidance to move their careers forward through participation in a multi-year driver development program. Focusing on CART’s ladder system, including the Toyota Atlantic Championship, the goal of Northwest SpeedWerx is to train the next generation of drivers for competition in the CART FedEx Championship.

World Speed Motorsports is considered one of America’s most dynamic racing organizations, featuring entries in CART’s Toyota Atlantic Championship, as well as the Star Mazda Pro Series. Founded in 1991 by Chuck West, World Speed initially focused on the Formula Mazda series where West finished third overall and won the Rookie-of-the-Year title in his first season as an owner/driver. 1992 resulted in the series championship by virtue of West’s five wins, ten podiums and three track records.

Since then, World Speed has captured six Formula Mazda championship and five pro series Rookie-of-the-Year titles under West’s guidance and Doyle’s engineering expertise, featuring such drivers as Ben Massey, Pete Wise, Mike Conte, Mike Miller, Jeff Bucknum and Grant Ryley.Most recently, World Speed campaigned Rondet in 1999, capturing a podium finish at Trois-Rivieres, and averaging a top five running position at every race. Look for a second World Speed Motorsports car to run at the Milwaukee Mile. West has added another driver to his fleet to qualify and compete in numerous races this season. The new World Speed Motorsports driver will be announced in Milwaukee.

Qualifying will take place Friday, June 2 at 5:05 p.m. Central. The Toyota Atlantic Championship race is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Saturday, June 3. The Milwaukee race will be televised on espn2, Sunday, June 11. For the latest information regarding World Speed, go to Round five of the 12-race CART Toyota Atlantic Championship season takes place in the streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 17.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Richie Hearn , Grant Ryley , Skip Barber , Jeff Bucknum , Mike Miller , Derek Daly