CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland AAR Driver Change

AAR SOLICITS 'SECOND OPINION' Santa Ana, CA June 14, 1999 Dan Gurney announced today that Alex Barron will step out of the Denso-Castrol Toyota-Eagle for the next three CART races. Car number '36' will be driven by Gualter Salles in...

AAR SOLICITS 'SECOND OPINION'

Santa Ana, CA June 14, 1999

Dan Gurney announced today that Alex Barron will step out of the Denso-Castrol Toyota-Eagle for the next three CART races. Car number '36' will be driven by Gualter Salles in Portland, Cleveland and Elkhart Lake.

Dan Gurney: "Due to the fact that All American Racers is fielding a unique car/tire/engine 'package' Alex has been put in the extremely difficult position of being our singular source of feedback as to where we stand with our car. Our results in testing, qualifying and the races have given us a mixed picture. In order for us to plan the future structure of AAR's racing program, I consider it vital to get a 'second opinion' so that we may be able to further evaluate the current 997 Eagle chassis.

This decision has been very difficult to make and has been reached by mutual agreement over the weekend. It should in no way be interpreted that we are not appreciative of Alex's proven talent and efforts in difficult circumstances. We chose Gualter Salles because he has CART experience and a good record and was available."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gualter Salles , Alex Barron , Dan Gurney