An All-England team has been given the go-ahead to challenge the American stars of ChampCar racing when the 200+mph CART FedEx series comes to Britain's only banked oval motor racing circuit, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on 13/14th ...
An All-England team has been given the go-ahead to challenge the American stars of ChampCar racing when the 200+mph CART FedEx series comes to Britain's only banked oval motor racing circuit, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on 13/14th September.
The team, which has been making plans in secret since July, will use a British built Lola-Cosworth single-seat car, which will be run by Ray Mallock Limited of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. They are working in conjunction with experienced CART team members from Dale Coyne Racing in Chicago, USA, but many of that team are expatriate Brits! No driver announcement is expected before the end of the week, when further plans and the livery of the car will be unveiled.
"I can confirm that we've got the agreement in place to set up a single car team, but we won't be able to announce all the details, such as driver choice, before the end of this week" said David Grace, CEO of Rockingham. "We're got some very talented British drivers who are keen to take up his challenge, to beat the Americans on our home ground - our job now is to deliver the car and team to give them a chance of victory.
Drivers, including rising stars of the ASCAR oval racing series in Britain, Darren Manning and Darren Turner, have been linked with the team. Another potential driver is former Formula One and Le Mans star Johnnie Herbert. He tested a Lola ChampCar at Rockingham last year, averaging over 198mph on his fastest laps.