TEAM AUSTRALIA ATLANTIC TEAM SIGNS SIMON PAGENAUD INDIANAPOLIS, IN. MARCH 2, 2006 - - Team Australia announces it has secured the driving talent of Simon Pagenaud of Montmorillon, France to join James Davison in Team Australia's new program in...
TEAM AUSTRALIA ATLANTIC TEAM SIGNS SIMON PAGENAUD
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. MARCH 2, 2006 - - Team Australia announces it has secured the driving talent of Simon Pagenaud of Montmorillon, France to join James Davison in Team Australia's new program in the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda for 2006.
The introduction of the all new Swift 016.a chassis and Champ Car's revitalization of the Atlantic Series has produced a positive environment that promises to be a very competitive, exciting series. Team Australia first announced its intention to compete with a two-car Atlantic program back in July of 2005. On March 8, the team will receive Swift chassis numbers 01 and 05, which will carry the unique green and yellow design of Team Australia's livery and will carry car numbers 5 and 15 as is consistent with the team's Champ Car program.
Said team Owner Derrick Walker, "I have to thank (Champ Car World Series Champion) Sebastien Bourdais because it was he who first brought to my attention Simon Pagenaud and his ability. Once we met and talked about our objectives we quickly realized that we shared a common interest in having a competitive race program. The combination of James and Simon is a great line of talent in our first year in the Atlantic Championship."
Pagenaud, a runner up in the Formula Renault Eurocup Championship, now turns to the Atlantic series for his next challenge. Says Simon, "My goal is to reach the highest level as a professional race car driver." Simon continues, "The Atlantic series will give me very valuable experience which will help me to be able to race in Champ Car or F1 one day."
Team Australia, the partnership of Australian businessman Craig Gore and Derrick Walker, was formed in March 2005 with a two-car program in Champ Car. The team now adds a two-car Atlantic program to its line up that will be based in Walker Racing's Indianapolis facility. Says co-owner Craig Gore, "This is exciting news, as yet I have not met Simon but looking at his track record I am sure he will be a good asset to our team. The Atlantic Series is an extension of my dream to build Team Australia into a strong racing franchise."