Gerald Forsythe says he will announce his new sponsor and the creation of his second CART Champ car team before the end of this month. Forsythe runs a two-car team of Reynard-Mercedes sponsored by Player's cigarettes for Canadian stars Greg Moore...
Gerald Forsythe says he will announce his new sponsor and the creation of his second CART Champ car team before the end of this month. Forsythe runs a two-car team of Reynard-Mercedes sponsored by Player's cigarettes for Canadian stars Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier, and has been looking for a major sponsor to replace Player's who will be forced by Canadian law to withdraw from sponsoring racing cars by 2001.
Both McDonald's and Air Canada are rumored as Forsythe's possible new sponsor, but whoever it is, the Chicago industrialist's second team will be run from a separate shop with its own management structure. The new team may also run something other than Mercedes-Benz engines.
"We've completed our agreement with our new sponsor and we will make an announcement in the next few weeks, before the end of the season," Forsythe said last weekend. "We are talking to all the engine manufacturers about supplying engines to this team. We feel there are some great opportunities for any of the manufacturers to be involved in some wider marketing objectives with our new sponsor."
Forsythe confirmed his third car, rumored to be driven by either of Forsythe's 1998 Toyota/Atlantic drivers Lee Bentham or Alexandre Tagliane, will be run from a separate facility. "We will also run an Atlantic car under our new colors and I'm sure we'll run more cars as time goes on," Forsythe added.
Forsythe also explained his reasons for buying a fifteen per cent interest in Craig Pollock's British American Racing F1 team. "It's a good business opportunity," Forsythe said. "It took a little longer to work out than I had thought, but I'm very happy with the arrangement. I think I can bring some strong business background to the team. I'm the only one involved who has a broader business background outside of racing. I also believe it can provide a very healthy exchange of engineering in people and technology and provide opportunities for some of our drivers who have the desire and talent to race in F1."