Bremer Set For Atlantic Return With Polestar in Montreal Sciuto Poised For Strong Result in Montreal Debut Polestar won last year's race with Canadian Antoine Bessette Chardon, Ohio (August 23, 2006) -- Former Champ Car World Series driver and...
Bremer Set For Atlantic Return With Polestar in Montreal
Sciuto Poised For Strong Result in Montreal Debut
Polestar won last year's race with Canadian Antoine Bessette
Chardon, Ohio (August 23, 2006) -- Former Champ Car World Series driver and Polestar Racing Group Atlantic race winner Ronnie Bremer is set to return to his Atlantic roots in this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, with the team that took him to fifth overall in the 2004 Atlantic Championship. Polestar regular Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore of Phoenix/W.S Deans) will make his Circuit Gilles Villeneuve debut after matching his season-best finish of fourth in Denver two weeks ago.
Bremer, of Copenhagen, Denmark, takes over the #12 The RoomStore of Phoenix seat vacated by Champ Car and Indy Racing League veteran Alex Barron following the Denver round.
"I'm looking forward to getting back on the track with Polestar this weekend," said Bremer, who started sixth and finished 13th in 2004's Montreal Atlantic race. "Montreal is a relatively high-speed circuit and very good for racing. Naturally, we're hoping for a good result, but I also realize that there is much to learn about the new car. The series also seems to be very competitive this year, so I'm excited to be returning to Montreal with a top team."
"I've been looking forward to this race all year," said Sciuto, who is seeking his first podium of the year after posting fourth-place finishes in Denver and Portland. "I've heard the track is one of the best we race on and that the fans are extremely enthusiastic. It would be great to do well. We're coming off of two races that we could run with the leaders at, so we're hoping to carry that momentum into Montreal this weekend."
Bremer, 27, competed in six events each with HVM, then Dale Coyne Racing in the 2005 Champ Car World Series. Although he missed one event (Toronto), he finished the season 12th overall and placed as the third highest rookie by virtue of seven top ten finishes.
He captured the Polestar team's first Atlantic victory in 2004 at Denver and posted ten top-ten finishes in his rookie Atlantic season. He was honored with the BBS Rising Star award, in a 2004 season that featured five podiums and second in the Rookie-of-the-Year championship. Prior to Atlantic, Bremer competed in British Formula 3, British Formula Ford, and won numerous Danish karting championships.
Orange, California - native Sciuto, 18, was recognized as North America's top shifter kart racer in 2004 before competing in three Atlantic races last year. He qualified seventh in his series debut in San Jose, then the following week in Denver led both rounds of qualifying to capture his first career Atlantic pole position and establish himself as the youngest-ever Atlantic pole winner at just 17 years of age. He is currently eighth overall and the sixth highest rookie in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic season standings.
Polestar won last year's Montreal Atlantic race with Canadian driver Antoine Bessette, who started from third on the grid. Teammate Katherine Legge started and finished fourth in last year's Montreal series finale. Polestar co-owners Jim Griffith, Pam Griffith and Bruce Potter are all experienced Atlantic veterans, having been instrumental to the Atlantic championship-winning efforts of Barron (1997), Patrick Carpentier (1996) and Buddy Rice (2000).
For 2006, the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, now in it's 33rd year, features an all-new made-in-the-USA Atlantic Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine. All competitors are vying for an unprecedented $2 million bonus designed for the series champion to use in securing a full-time Champ Car ride in 2007.