CHAMPCAR/CART: Alex Barron re-Signs with Dan Gurney

DAN GURNEY RE-SIGNS ALEX BARRON FOR 1999 CHAMP CAR SEASON SANTA ANA, Calif. (October 8, 1998) --- Dan Gurney has re-signed 1998 Rookie Alex Barron, 29, to drive All American Racers No. 36 Champ Car next year. "Alex has justified the trust we ...

DAN GURNEY RE-SIGNS ALEX BARRON FOR 1999 CHAMP CAR SEASON

SANTA ANA, Calif. (October 8, 1998) --- Dan Gurney has re-signed 1998 Rookie Alex Barron, 29, to drive All American Racers No. 36 Champ Car next year. "Alex has justified the trust we placed in him when we signed him up last year," stated team Owner Dan Gurney. "Coming straight out of one year in the Toyota Atlantic Series, even as Champion, he had a steep learning curve ahead of him in the ultra competitive CART series, but he has risen to the challenge by getting better from race to race. He is fast, he is dedicated and he has coped well in difficult circumstances. The experience he has gained this year by getting to know the tracks and getting familiar with our team will be a great asset going into next season. We are happy to have an American driver on our team and we are looking forward to accomplishing great things together in 1999."

So... Connections: AAR's current other driver is former F3000 champion Vincenzo Sospiri, who stepped in with the departure of PJ Jones. PJ left for Patrick Racing to take Scott Pruett's seat next season. Scott will be in Mad Max's place at Arciero-Wells. Papis was hired by Rahal for next season. . . I think that's how it went. Where's James Burke when i need him?

Speaking of F3000 champs, that "swap" of Zanardi for Montoya, between Ganassi and Williams tastes a bit like a bad, inter-league baseball trade with Ganassi and Zanardi seemingly on the short end. Chip gives up his star pitcher to Frank who sends him a promising rookie just up from the minors. Williams is going to be in transition next year and probably the one after with the changing engines. Alex may be back in F1, but I doubt it will be any cakewalk. Certainly not as easy as Jacques had it last year. Gannassi, meanwhile, has lost the reigning, 2X champion, one of the most charismatic players in the series, one of the top marketing assets in the sport, and is replacing him with a relatively unknown Colombian F1 test driver. But who knows? Montoya could be another star. Zanardi wasn't such a big deal when he left Europe the first time. I'll bet there is an interesting set of deals weaving it all together...

Source: AAR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Pruett , Alex Barron , Dan Gurney , Vincenzo Sospiri , James Burke
Teams Williams