Detroit, Mich (August 7, 1999) - Greg Moore will leave the Player's Forsythe Racing team at the end of this season to join Penske alongside new teammate Gil de Ferran. Moore captured the Indy Lights Championship in his first season with the ...
Detroit, Mich (August 7, 1999) - Greg Moore will leave the Player's Forsythe Racing team at the end of this season to join Penske alongside new teammate Gil de Ferran. Moore captured the Indy Lights Championship in his first season with the Player's Forsythe team in 1995. In 1997, Moore's victory at Milwaukee made him the youngest winner in CART's history.
"You always have mixed emotions when you lose someone of Greg's stature, who has won five CART races and represents everything you would ever want from a driver, but it also means that the Players Racing Program will provide yet another talented Canadian driver with the opportunity to make the jump to the CART Championship next season and follow in the footsteps of Jacques Villeneuve, Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier," said Mark Thorne, Marketing Communications Manager at Player's. "This helps us to continue with our mandate but it saddens us as well."
Player's intends to start negotiations very soon to retain Moore's teammate, Patrick Carpentier for next season. "Patrick's contract is up, as was Greg's," Thorne continued. "We are currently beginning discussions with Patrick. At this time of the year, as we always do, we are evaluating all our drivers. We have to do what is right for Player's and what is right for Forsythe. So at this time we are still probably a month or so away from making a decision on that. We are considering Patrick in the overall plan. We do have different scenarios available to us but he is definitely within our plans and hopefully we'll be able to do something."
Thorne emphasized that Player's will be back next year at the same level as this season. "We are committed to Gerry (Forsythe) and committed to Players Forsythe Racing next year at a two car level. The same commitment we have had in the past." But Canadian legislation means that tobacco sponsorship from Players will not last forever. "With the Canadian tobacco legislation, in October of 2003 will not be able to sponsor any activities. All of this, our racing program, our driver development program, everything we do will come to a halt.
The impending legislation was not a factor in Moore's decision to end his relationship with Forsythe Racing. "You look at the future of Gerry Forsythe and Player's, they've been around racing for so long, it just doesn't seem right that they're going to be gone in a few years," said Moore. "As far as the (tobacco) decision goes, it didn't have anything to do with my decision. That's still four years down the road, that's a long way off."
"I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Player's and Gerry Forsythe, who believed in me and helped me realize my dream of racing in the CART Championship," said Moore. "I have always been strong proponent of the philosophy behind the Player's Racing Program and I am thrilled that Canadian fans will get to see another home-grown driver reach the pinnacle of the sport next season."