RuSPORT and Rocketsports Racing announced today that they will collaborate in the 2007 Champ Car World Series under the umbrella name of RSPORTS. During the off-season the two teams decided to scale back their respective operations to one car ...
RuSPORT and Rocketsports Racing announced today that they will collaborate in the 2007 Champ Car World Series under the umbrella name of RSPORTS.
During the off-season the two teams decided to scale back their respective operations to one car each, with RuSPORT competing with Justin in the #9 CDW car and Rocketsports confirming Alex Tagliani's return to Rocketsports to drive the #8 LXN2 car. Single car teams are rarely successful because of the lack of information and data at their disposal. Two drivers can develop and exchange much more information, making the difference between dominating a race and merely participating.
In the final pre-season test at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the two teams worked together as technical partners to see how things proceeded. Pleased with the results from both sides, a technical and operational merger will see the two teams come together under the name RSPORTS for the 2007 season and beyond.
RuSPORT owner Dan Pettit said "We have two veteran drivers that work well together and we can take advantage of a great engineering staff. It is going to be a great effort and strengthen both programmes overall."
Justin is looking forward to the opportunity of working together with his new teammate Alex. "There is definitely an advantage to having two cars, especially two quick cars", commented Justin. "We were able to demonstrate that through our combined efforts during the Laguna Seca test, as both Alex and I were able to run quick times and close together. It is great to have two cars running within a team because you learn twice as much. It is definitely a big advantage to have a teammate, especially an experienced one like Alex. I feel that we, as drivers and the team, were able to benefit from working together in Laguna and I look forward to continuing this relationship for the 2007 season. I think together we can have very positive results for the team, our sponsors, and our fans."
Under one team name, the two sides will remain at their current locations for the foreseeable future. The RuSPORT-side will remain based in Loveland, Colorado, while the Rocketsports-side will maintain their long term home in East Lansing, Michigan. Combined efforts will be on-going between the two race shops, while the trucks will always be next to each other in the Champ Car paddock with both teams working together side-by-side in pit lane.