Alex Yoong to drive Peterson Lotus at Monaco

FAENZA, ITALY, May 18, 2002 - KL Minardi Asiatech driver, Alex Yoong, is to take part in this weekend's Historic Grand Prix of Monaco. The 25-year-old Malaysian, who is the first driver from his country to race in the Formula One World...

FAENZA, ITALY, May 18, 2002 - KL Minardi Asiatech driver, Alex Yoong, is to take part in this weekend's Historic Grand Prix of Monaco. The 25-year-old Malaysian, who is the first driver from his country to race in the Formula One World Championship, will compete in the glittering annual "retro" event at the wheel of one of the highly successful, "wedge-shaped" Lotus 72 models used by, among others, legendary Swede, Ronnie Peterson.

Yoong will race Lotus 72/R6, a chassis that first appeared in 1971, but was most notable for carrying Peterson to four victories (France, Austria, Italy, USA) and a total of seven podium finishes during the 1973 season. As with all Lotus 72s, it is powered by a 3-litre Ford Cosworth DFV V8. Other well-known names to have raced the car between 1971 and 1974 include Reine Wisell, Dave Walker and Ian Scheckter, brother of 1979 Formula One World Champion, Jody Scheckter.

"I'm really looking forward to competing in this weekend's Historic Monaco Grand Prix," says Yoong. "I have always been fascinated by the Formula One cars from this era, and to drive Ronnie Peterson's Lotus around the streets of Monte Carlo is going to be a fantastic experience. I'm sure it's going to feel very different from my normal KL Minardi Asiatech PS02, but part of the fun is going to be finding out just how a 1970s Formula One car compares with its 21st century equivalent."

This weekend's activities around the streets of Monte Carlo are a high-profile precursor to the upcoming Grand Prix of Monaco, Formula One's most prestigious event of the year, and a race in which Yoong and KL Minardi Asiatech team mate, Mark Webber, will be competing for the first time.

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Series Formula 1 , Vintage
Drivers Mark Webber , Alex Yoong , Jody Scheckter , Ronnie Peterson , Reine Wisell
Teams Minardi