HOLLINGS HEADS STATE SIDE FOR FIRST RACE OF 2006 British driver Charlie Hollings, a front runner in the 2005 British Formula 3 Championship's National class, heads across the Atlantic next week for his first race of the 2006 season. Charlie,...
HOLLINGS HEADS STATE SIDE FOR FIRST RACE OF 2006
British driver Charlie Hollings, a front runner in the 2005 British Formula 3 Championship's National class, heads across the Atlantic next week for his first race of the 2006 season.
Charlie, from Harrogate in Yorkshire, will compete in the season opener for the Star Mazda Championship, presented by Goodyear, as one of four drivers competing for New Jersey based Andersen Racing, a leading team in the 2005 Championship. Racing takes place between the 15 and 18 March 2006, at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and centres around the 54th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race.
The Star Mazda race will take place on Friday 17 March and will be Charlie's first event in America; although he has recently visited the Sebring facility for Champcar winter testing.
The owner of the Andersen Racing team, Dan Andersen, commented "We're delighted to add someone as talented as Charlie Hollings to our driver line-up for Sebring, as he brings great open-wheel experience and maturity. With our car, crew and experience, he should be at the front of the field. We are hopeful that a successful outing will enable him to finalise a deal with us for the season, thereby filling our fourth and final seat."
Charlie, 23, had an impressive year in 2005 competing in the British Formula 3 Championship's National class for the Silverstone-based Promatecme/Lola team. He finished in fifth place overall while clocking-up four victories, eight pole positions and 12 podiums.
Charlie is still looking at his racing options for 2006, including: Formula 3, Champcar Atlantic and Renault World Series, as well as Touring Cars and GT Racing. However, for now he is totally focused on the Star Mazda event at Sebring.
"The Star Mazda race will be my first in America and I'm really looking forward to it," Charlie said. "Andersen Racing produced a strong performance in 2005 and it will be a great experience working with them for this one-race deal. At the moment I am still looking at opportunities in Formula 3 and other single-seater championships. However, if we have a strong result at Sebring, it would be great to continue with the Andersen Racing team in the Star Mazda Championship for the rest of the season.