Mexico City, Mexico (November 11, 2006) -- US RaceTronics Expands to Two-Car Atlantic Team for 2007 with David Garza and Carl Skerlong With the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship season behind and 2007 on the horizon, US RaceTronics (USRT) is...
Mexico City, Mexico (November 11, 2006) -- US RaceTronics Expands to Two-Car Atlantic Team for 2007 with David Garza and Carl Skerlong
With the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship season behind and 2007 on the horizon, US RaceTronics (USRT) is happy to announce Monterrey, Mexico native David Garza and Mukilteo, Washington driver Carl Skerlong will drive for USRT in the '07 Champ Car Atlantic Championship. USRT Team Owner Shane Seneviratne made the announcement alongside former USRT driver David Martinez and new driver David Garza at the Gran Premio Telmex Presented by Banamex, where Martinez is competing with the Forsythe Championship Racing Champ Car team. "2007 will open up a new chapter for the team in which we will expand to a two-car team. I am looking forward to the challenge. It will be a good opportunity to bring in additional quality people and keep on building the solid foundation that we've been building. Most of the 2006 crew will remain in place and we will add to what is already a strong team," commented Seneviratne.
Both Skerlong and Garza are accomplished young racers who have won championships in their careers prior to joining USRT and are ready to make the leap into Atlantics. "Carl and David are looking to further their careers and USRT is happy to be a part of that. They are very mature and focused and I know that they will succeed," added Seneviratne, who now enters his third year as Team Owner in the Champ Car Atlantic series after a successful tenure at Dorricott Racing where he led that team to three championships as Team Manager.
Skerlong, who is currently racing in the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Winter Championship, will pilot the # 24 USRT entry in 2007. His most recent accomplishment is winning the 2006 Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship and doing so in dominating fashion. Skerlong went on to win 16 of the 19 races with 16 starts from the pole. In 2005 Skerlong was the Formula TR 1600 champion, with 14 wins in 16 starts, 13 of those were from the pole. He was also awarded the Rookie of the Year honor for that year. Skerlong got his start in racing in the Rotax Max karting circuit. "I'm very excited to have finalized my plans for 2007 with USRT so soon after winning the 2006 Formula TR 2000 Ccampionship," declared Skerlong. "It's great to join a team with the pedigree and track record of success that USRT has. The Champ Car Atlantic series is undoubtedly one of the best proving grounds in open-wheel racing in North America. I'm looking forward to furthering my relationship with Shane and the rest of the team as we begin our preparations for next season." The Champ Car World Series has been the peak for many careers that started with the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, for such drivers as Bobby Rahal, Jacques Villenueve, Jimmy Vasser, and A.J. Allmendinger. Skerlong hopes to follow that group. "Running in a series as prestigious as Champ Car I feel there is no better place to showcase my potential as a young American driver," stated Skerlong.
Piloting the # 4 entry, Garza will join USRT in 2007 after a successful 2006 Formula BMW season that saw him earn two pole positions, two podium finishes, and seven top-10 results out of 11 races. Garza was awarded the Formula BMW Scholarship for 2006. For his efforts in 2006, David, who is also a friend of former USRT driver David Martinez, was fourth in the rookie championship and ninth in the overall Formula BMW championship standings. Garza won numerous awards and championships in karting before his Formula BMW season. The 18- year-old is elated about joining USRT and the Champ Car Atlantic series. An excited Garza stated, "Joining USRT for the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic season is extremely exciting. I have been working with the team for the past few tests and am surprised and delighted to have the opportunity to become part of this team." Garza went on to say, "I am looking forward to next year. I'm hoping to place top-10 in points next year and fight for the Rookie of the Year Championship. My goals are optimistic for my first year in the series and I firmly believe in the team and trust that they will give me a competitive car next year. I will work my heart out at every race and give 100% every time I am behind the steering wheel," said Garza.
USRT will continue its testing program with both Garza and Skerlong, upon Skerlong's return from Europe. Sponsorship announcements for 2007 are forthcoming and will be announced prior to the start of the season.