MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING SIGNS REIGNING ATLANTIC CHAMPION FOR 2006 CHAMP CAR RIDE Indianapolis, Indiana, March 21, 2006 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing announced today it has signed last year's Atlantic champion, Charles Zwolsman, to a full-time ride...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING SIGNS REIGNING ATLANTIC CHAMPION FOR 2006 CHAMP CAR RIDE
Indianapolis, Indiana, March 21, 2006 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing announced today it has signed last year's Atlantic champion, Charles Zwolsman, to a full-time ride for the 2006 Champ Car World Series season.
The Lelystad, Netherlands native produced an impressive rookie season in the Atlantic series in 2005, winning the championship on the strength of three wins, five poles and eight podium finishes. After competing in the Champ Car finale in Mexico City last year, a reward for winning the support series title, Zwolsman is looking forward to his first full season in the Champ Car World Series with considerable enthusiasm.
"This is a great career opportunity for me, and I'm grateful to Eric Bachelart and the Mi-Jack Conquest team for giving me this chance. Each level that you climb in racing is a new challenge and there is always a learning process. Mi-Jack Conquest puts a lot of emphasis on developing young drivers, so I feel I'm in the right place to learn everything I can and contribute to the success of the team," said Zwolsman.
Eric Bachelart, the co-owner of Mi-Jack Conquest Racing, said he is delighted to have the promising Dutchman on board for the 2006 campaign.
"Charles did a fine job winning the Atlantic Series title last year," stated Bachelart. "When he tested with us in December, he performed well. There was a nice chemistry between Charles and the team right from the start, and he provided us with some great feedback. He is endowed with a lot of talent and he is a pleasure to work with. I believe we can expect some very positive things from him."
Signing the 2005 Atlantic champion reinforces Mi-Jack Conquest Racing's commitment to working with young, talented drivers and helping them make the leap into Champ cars. In line with this commitment, MJCR is also fielding a team in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in the 2006 season.
"We are striving, as much as we possibly can, to assist young drivers in advancing to the next level," added Bachelart. "They are the future of Champ Car racing, and Charles certainly falls into that category."
Zwolsman started his racing career in Europe, where he won several karting championships. He moved on to race cars in the German and French Formula Ford series in 1999 and in 2000, he finished second in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup. The following year, he was third in the German Formula Renault Championship. Before joining the Atlantic Series in 2005, Zwolsman raced in the German F3 series in 2002 and the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2003-04.
Zwolsman and Mi-Jack Conquest Racing continue to prepare for the 2006 Champ Car World Series season, which gets underway in Long Beach on April 9. Until then, Zwolsman will be keeping busy by participating in the two-day Champ Car Open Test in Fontana next week, fine-tuning the sets-ups on his #34 Lola-Ford-Bridgestone.