Sigma Autosport Proof of the Success of Championship Auto Racing Teams BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.---Chicago-based Sigma Autosport is proof that CART is alive and well^Ã—and it plans on staying that way. With the recent announcement that Long Beach Grand...
Sigma Autosport Proof of the Success of Championship Auto Racing Teams BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.---Chicago-based Sigma Autosport is proof that CART is alive and well^×and it plans on staying that way.
With the recent announcement that Long Beach Grand Prix founder Christopher Pook has been named as CART's newest CEO and President, the future looks brighter than ever in CART. Not that anything was bleak, but Pook figures to help CART gain back some momentum.
No one believes that more than Sigma Autosport owner Tom Wieringa.
"We have always believed in CART, that's why we are here competing," said Wieringa. "These are exciting times for CART and for Sigma Autosport."
The brainchild of Wieringa, Sigma Autosport was one of three new teams that joined the CART FedEx Championship Series this past year, and it was an exciting season filled with many action-packed moments. And it was a successful season as Team Sigma had several top-10 finishes including a pair of back-to-back fifth-place runs at Vancouver and Germany. Moreover, the team only suffered one mechanical failure in 20 races, not a bad record for a rookie season.
For 2002, Sigma's sophomore campaign, the team will return to the CART series not only as a Champ Car entrant, but as a new participant of the CART Toyota-Atlantic Series, something Wieringa took part in for two seasons. Next year, Wieringa's son Dave will partner Rocky Moran Jr. in Sigma's two-car effort.
Both Wieringa and Moran started racing in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Moran was the youngest participant in that series' history, and moved up to the Atlantics. Wieringa's story has been the same^×Barber Dodge for a season, and now the Toyota-Atlantic Series.
"CART has always been a firm supporter of its ladder series," said Wieringa. "The Toyota Atlantic group has been a source of some great talent through the years. CART has some great tools in place to ensure its future."
Wieringa emphasized the point that Sigma Autosport will work with CART in any way it can.
"By working together, we can achieve a lot of great things," said Wieringa. "We have a lot invested in this series and believe in the future of CART providing the best racing on earth. We're looking forward to working together successfully in the future.
"We are now working on building on our successes moving into the 2002 season and are constantly pushing the envelope by removing barriers to top performance."
>From little team to big? Wieringa firmly believes this will be reality.
Sigma has recently expanded its engineering staff and has invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology. The firm also plans to move into a 56,000-square-foot dedicated race engineering facility.
"I see no reason why we can't be a top player in CART for 2002," said Wieringa. "We have a motivated team that works and complements each other well and we have the will to win."