FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Scott Black (972) 851-1151 CHARLIE NEARBURG TO DRIVE FOR PAYTON/COYNE PPG-CART TEAM DALLAS, Texas (June 27) - - Veteran Atlantic driver Charlie Nearburg, of Dallas,...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Scott Black (972) 851-1151
CHARLIE NEARBURG TO DRIVE FOR PAYTON/COYNE PPG-CART TEAM
DALLAS, Texas (June 27) - - Veteran Atlantic driver Charlie Nearburg, of Dallas, Texas, has announced he will drive for the Payton/Coyne Racing Lola/Ford-Cosworth XD in four upcoming PPG CART World Series road races this season. Nearburg will compete in the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland, Miller 200 at Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course, Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America, and the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey. "CART is one of the premier racing series in the world," said Nearburg. "I have pictured myself driving a competitive Indy car since I began my driving career, and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Payton/Coyne Racing Team. The Lola/Ford-Cosworth package is improving daily and the Firestone tires are extremely fast. I look forward to driving at four circuit where I have extensive experience." Team co-owner Dale Coyne commented, "Charlie is an extremely smooth and experienced driver. His success at these circuits, combined with his performance at Sebring and Le Mans s year, shows he can compete with the best drivers in the world. Im excited that Charlie is part of our team and I feel confident he will find success in CART." The Payton/Coyne Racing Team is co-owned by NFL all-time rushing leader Walter Payton and Coyne. Dale Coyne Racing advanced from Super Vee and Atlantic to Indy car racing in 1984. Payton joined the team as co-owner in 1994. Payton/Coyne Racing, which has consistently provided first-year Indy car drivers a chance to break into CART, finished in third place in last years U.S. 500. Nearburg, who finished fourth in the 1996 Atlantic finale at Laguna Seca, has been a consistent front-runner in the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship and the Bosch Super Vee series. In 10 year professional career, Nearburg has participated in all forms of auto racing including Trans-Am, IMSA, and at Le Mans.
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