CHAMPCAR/CART: Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports changes to Riley & Scott chassis

Indianapolis, April 5, 2000-Hoping to gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive Indy Racing Northern Light Series, Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is making the jump to the all new Riley & Scott chassis as their car of choice for...

Indianapolis, April 5, 2000-Hoping to gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive Indy Racing Northern Light Series, Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is making the jump to the all new Riley & Scott chassis as their car of choice for the 2000 Indy Racing season. Though one part of the formula is changing, the team will continue with Oldsmobile power prepared by Brayton engineering for the 2000 season, and like every team in the Northern Light Series, will put the power down with Firestone Firehawk Indy Racing slicks.

Commenting on the switch, team co-owner Jonathan Byrd said, "After witnessing the performance of the Riley & Scott at Orlando and Phoenix, I'm convinced that the Riley & Scott is the car that is most capable of winning the Indianapolis 500 and the Northern Light Series championship. Not only have we committed ourselves to what I hope is a beneficial, long-term relationship with Riley & Scott, Riley & Scott has made a tremendous commitment to the success of our team. I hope that we can reward them for their confidence in our program."

Expanding on his partner's comments, Dennis McCormack said, "With Riley & Scott's history of success, it was only a matter of time until they raised the competitive bar in the Northern Light series. Of the three makes of cars, the Riley & Scott seems to respond most positively to changes, and appears to best maximize the performance of our Firestone Firehawks, which, this season, are the best racing tire that I've ever seen. The 2000 car has already shown itself to be competitive, and with the developments that Riley & Scott has in the works for the Speedway and the rest of the season, this car will be the car to beat come race day in May and every race day thereafter."

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