INDIANAPOLIS and SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (February 10, 2003) - Confirming the rumors that have been swirling around the paddock since the close of the 2002 season, President of Grupo Herdez Enrique Hernandez-Pons Torres and Managing Director of Herdez...
INDIANAPOLIS and SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (February 10, 2003) - Confirming the rumors that have been swirling around the paddock since the close of the 2002 season, President of Grupo Herdez Enrique Hernandez-Pons Torres and Managing Director of Herdez Competition Keith Wiggins today announced that Roberto Moreno will join the team for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
Veteran Moreno, a native of Brasilia, Brazil and now resident of Weston, Florida, has been testing the No. 4 Herdez Competition Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone with the team since January in anticipation of this announcement.
"We have an enormous amount of respect for the experience and racecraft that Roberto brings to our team," said Grupo Herdez principal Enrique Hernandez-Pons Torres. "And we have every confidence that he will bring that expertise to bear and help us to reach the next stage in our team's development - to be a respected competitor week-in and week-out."
Wiggins and the Herdez Competition team have been vocal in their support of the Champ Car series and have been working diligently since the middle of last season on the plans that have resulted in the expansion to two entries for the first time in the team's history.
"Of course we would have liked to make the announcement earlier," explained Wiggins. "But this is a big undertaking for us and we needed to be 100% confident that we had all the pieces in place before going public with our plans. We know that this announcement isn't a huge surprise to anyone but we felt it was prudent to wait."
Moreno, who will celebrate his 44th birthday tomorrow, was thrilled to have the matter put to bed. "I can't tell you how excited I am to re-join the competition after a year away! I know I am capable of competing with these youngsters, and maybe even teaching them a thing or two!"
Moreno is a veteran competitor with eight Champ Car seasons and 102 starts under his belt, including two poles and two wins. He finished a career-best third in the championship in 2000 with 147 points. Prior to Champ Cars, his career included stints at the highest levels of international motorsport, including Formula 1, Formula 3000, international tour cars and endurance karting.
Moreno will join 2002 Champ Car Rookie of the Year Mario Dominguez who will pilot the No. 55 Herdez Competition Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for the 19 race international calendar.