INDIANAPOLIS (February 10, 2003) - One day shy of his 44th birthday, Champ Car veteran Roberto Moreno of Sao Paulo, Brazil was given the official nod this afternoon from President of Grupo Herdez Enrique Hernandez-Pons Torres and Managing Director...
INDIANAPOLIS (February 10, 2003) - One day shy of his 44th birthday, Champ Car veteran Roberto Moreno of Sao Paulo, Brazil was given the official nod this afternoon from President of Grupo Herdez Enrique Hernandez-Pons Torres and Managing Director of Herdez Competition Keith Wiggins for the team's second seat as they expand to a full two-car effort for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
Moreno, a resident of Weston, Florida, has been testing with the Herdez squad alongside Mexico's Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Competition Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) in a second car since January and will pilot the #4 Herdez Competition Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone beginning with the Champ Car World Series season-opener in St. Petersburg, February 23rd on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
"I can't tell you how excited I am to re-join the competition after a year away," said Moreno. "I know I am capable of competing with these youngsters, and maybe even teaching them a thing or two!"
A veteran competitor with eight Champ Car seasons and 102 starts under his belt, Moreno's track record includes two poles and two wins. He finished a career-best third in the championship in 2000 with 147 points and his career includes stints in Formula 1 and Formula 3000.
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.
"We have an enormous amount of respect for the experience and racecraft that Roberto brings to our team," said 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."