CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest to Show New Colors, Sponsor At Spring Training.

Indianapolis, IN -- The covers will be removed on the new-look PacWest Racing team during a spectacular launch on the eve of next month's FedEx Championship Series Spring Training in Miami, Florida. The new color scheme of Mark Blundell's ...

Indianapolis, IN -- The covers will be removed on the new-look PacWest Racing team during a spectacular launch on the eve of next month's FedEx Championship Series Spring Training in Miami, Florida.

The new color scheme of Mark Blundell's Motorola Mercedes-Benz Reynard and the primary sponsor of Mauricio Gugelmin's Champ Car will both be revealed for the first time to media, sponsor representatives and race officials at the official "World Premier".

The world will get to see the new liveries at exactly the same time as the guests at the launch via the Internet at www.pacwestracing.com.

A countdown clock will be installed on the PacWest web site next week and the covers will be electronically lifted at 8pm Eastern Time on Monday, February 7.

Designed by the team's own in-house graphics department in association with Motorola, the new design on Mark Blundell's car is sure to turn heads on and off the track.

The team's second car of Mauricio Gugelmin has a brand new major sponsor to the FedEx Championship Series, which will offer an original combination of color and design to the starting grid.

PacWest's Vice President of Business Operations, Steve Fusek, said the PacWest team has been working solidly to finalize the new deals and the new color schemes.

"Our team has done an outstanding job bringing the designs together and is working around the clock to ensure everything is perfect for our Miami launch," said Fusek.

"A lot of effort and thought has gone into the design of both cars and I think we have found the right mix.

"Both designs are dynamic in their own way, but everyone will have to wait until Spring Training to see the final results."

While everything is set to look fantastic, everything has been put in place to ensure everything also goes "fantastic".

The team's testing program has been quite extensive with positive results from the new Reynard 2KI chassis and the newly-developed Mercedes-Benz IC108F engine package, according to PacWest's Vice President of Race Operations, John Anderson.

"If everything continues at its present rate then I cannot be anything but optimistic for the coming season," said Anderson.

"Our testing schedule has been virtually uninterrupted due to mechanical problems and the feedback from our drivers about the entire package has been very positive.

"We have experimented in several areas with pleasing results and everyone is totally committed to winning races."

Following the testing days at Spring Training at Homestead in Florida on February 9-10, the team will continue work at Phoenix International Raceway on February 28-29 and at the Firebird test track across town on March 2-3.

The team's final pre-season test of the year will be held back at Homestead on March 10-12 -- just two weeks before the season starts at the same Florida venue on March 24-26.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , John Anderson