Team Hylton Signs F2000 Champ Besnard

BRENTWOOD, Calif., March 15, 1999 - Hylton Motorsports announced the signing of reigning US F2000 National Champion David Besnard for the 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. Besnard, a 22-year-old from Australia, is coming...

BRENTWOOD, Calif., March 15, 1999 - Hylton Motorsports announced the signing of reigning US F2000 National Champion David Besnard for the 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship.

Besnard, a 22-year-old from Australia, is coming off a record season in F2000 with eight poles and eight victories. In addition to winning the championship, Besnard set records for most prize money and the highest point total in series history. His performance earned him a spot on the prestigious Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association All-American First Team, alongside superstars such as Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Alex Zanardi and John Force.

"I'm looking forward to the opening round of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship in Long Beach," Besnard said. "Hylton has done a lot of hard work over the winter to get ready for the new season. I'm excited to be running with them, and I'm confident that our dedication and planning will pay off in a winning effort."

Hylton Motorsports is owned by Keith Hylton, who also partners with Dave Blaney in the Hylton/Blaney Motorsports World of Outlaws team.

"We were very impressed with David when we tested him at Buttonwillow earlier this year," Hylton said. "He took to the car quickly and worked well with the team. I think David is very special. We're looking to him to bring the team its first Atlantic win."

The '99 Atlantic effort will be sponsored by Kohassett Records of Newport Beach, Calif., featuring artist Monica Marie and her debut album. The Hylton Motorsports entry also will be backed by u.s. print, Pocklington Coach Works of England, Valvoline, Herman-Miller, Beta Tools and Dominator.

Last season, Hylton campaigned the #35 Budweiser Swift for David Pook in 12 of the 13 Atlantic rounds, finishing 11th in the championship points.

Engineering the new effort will be John Hayes, who worked with Besnard in F2000 and played an instrumental roll in his championship. Additional championship-caliber experience comes from crew chief Richard Raeder, who won the Atlantic title with David Empringham.

Hylton Motorsports is continuing its relationship with former Atlantic champion team owner John Della Penna and the Della Penna Motorsports CART team. Della Penna will supply at-track and testing assistance.

Engines and track support will be provided on an exclusive basis by Shaver Engineering, which currently supplies engines for the Hylton/Blaney World of Outlaws effort.

The team also will feature the first U.S.-bound Pocklington race trailer. Pocklington is best-known as the manufacturer of trailers for the McLaren and Arrows Formula One teams.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jeff Gordon , John Force , Alex Zanardi , David Empringham , David Besnard , Dave Blaney