Justin to drive for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in 2008 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) announced today that Justin will team with American Graham Rahal for the 2008 Champ Car World Series season. NHLR will attempt to earn their ninth series ...
Justin to drive for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in 2008
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) announced today that Justin will team with American Graham Rahal for the 2008 Champ Car World Series season. NHLR will attempt to earn their ninth series title in their 26th season of Champ Car competition. Having finished runner-up in the Champ Car World Series driver standings in 2006 and 2007, Justin has high hopes for the 2008 championship.
“I am extremely pleased and proud to be joining Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing,” said Justin. “For the entire time I have been competing in Champ Car, they have been the strongest team. Sebastien (Bourdais) has left pretty big shoes to fill, but I have big feet! Joking aside, I am excited to have the opportunity to add to the results that Sebastien and other drivers before me have achieved for the team. I am hoping to learn my environment quickly and let the results take care of themselves. I am confident that, with a team like this behind me, we can be championship contenders for 2008.”
American Graham Rahal, 19, will return to the team for his second year in the series. In 2007, he became the youngest driver in series history to finish on the podium and ended the season ranked fifth after a total of four top-three finishes.
"Paul, Mike and I are excited about our line-up of Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal,” said Carl Haas, co-owner with Paul Newman and Michael Lanigan, of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. “Graham ran well for us in his rookie season last year and showed the potential to win races. Over the past three seasons, Justin has consistently been one of the strongest challengers for the championship and we are now looking forward to having him represent us and again being a contender for the title.”
Justin and NHLR begin testing this weekend at Sebring, Florida, in the first of three open tests before the Champ Car season opener at Long Beach on 20th April.