CHAMPCAR/CART: Bright to drive Della Penna car at Gold Coast

Young Australian motor racing star Jason Bright has signed a deal to drive a Della Penna Motorsports entry in this year's Honda Indy 300. Bright, who has been one of the stars of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship this season, had a seat...

Young Australian motor racing star Jason Bright has signed a deal to drive a Della Penna Motorsports entry in this year's Honda Indy 300.

Bright, who has been one of the stars of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship this season, had a seat fitting for his new car today and is scheduled to test the car at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix Arizona on Monday and Tuesday next week.

The talented Gold Coast resident will now support the number 10 on his car in a move that will further enhance the 10th anniversary celebrations of the magnificent Surfers Paradise street race.

The 26 year-old will drive in the penultimate round of the Indy Lights Series in Houston next weekend, and then head to Australia for 10 days of promotional activity before making his Champ Car debut on the Gold Coast on October 12-15.

Several combinations of team and car had been proposed after it was announced earlier this year that Bright would be a starter in next month's 10th anniversary race and the Toyota-Reynard of Della Penna was the most competitive option available.

Regular Della Penna Motorsports driver Memo Gidley was to form a two-car effort with Bright in Queensland, but the team's second car was badly damaged in a crash at St Louis last weekend and Gidley has been left without a ride in Australia as a result.

"We have been working on getting everything together for months and I am happy to say that we will be teaming with John Della Penna on the Gold Coast in what should be a competitive package," said Bright.

"It was important that what ever we did, we did it right. Driving this car on the Gold Coast will give me a chance to be competitive in a reliable car.

"Just to finish the race in an undamaged car is my main goal. To finish in the top 15 would be a fantastic result."

Bright has turned plenty of heads in this year's Dayton Indy Lights Series and actually led the championship after his maiden victory in Portland earlier in the season.

He is currently fifth in the title chase and has every chance of finishing in the top three and with "rookie of the year" honors.

Honda Indy 300 General Manager, Mr Geoff Jones, was delighted with today's announcement.

"We have been working on getting Jason the right package for some time and we are all pretty happy with the end result," said Jones.

"It was important for Jason to be in a reliable and competitive car so he had every chance of showing his ability.

"Jason's involvement has created an enormous amount of interest in the 10th anniversary event and I am sure he will do all of us proud."

Honda Indy 300 Chairman, Mr John Cowley, said the Queensland State Government should be applauded for supporting Bright's Champ Car debut in Surfers Paradise.

"I commend the State Government on its foresight in supporting Jason Bright and for choosing his race car as a vehicle to promote its new corporate image both within Australia and to the world," said Cowley.

"Not only is Jason an exciting racing talent, he is a great ambassador for the State, and someone who will help sell the many tourist, business and economic strengths of Queensland."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Jason Bright