(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) April 4, 2001 -As a fallout from the spiraling economic climate, Nilton Rossoni has lost his ride with CONQUEST Racing for the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Series Championship. Rossoni competed in the opening round at Monterey,...
(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) April 4, 2001 -As a fallout from the spiraling economic climate, Nilton Rossoni has lost his ride with CONQUEST Racing for the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Series Championship. Rossoni competed in the opening round at Monterey, Mexico where he qualified on the front row as well as participated in numerous preseason test days with the assistance Barber Dodge Pro Series Career Enhancement Award that he earned as the season's champion in 2000. Unfortunately, Rossoni was unable to procure the remaining funds required by the time stipulated in his contract with CONQUEST Racing.
"Immediately after signing Rossoni, we received the required funds from the Barber Dodge Pro Series," said Eric Bachelart owner of CONQUEST Racing. "However there was still a significant sum of funds which Nilton was under obligation to bring to the team in order to run the full season which he failed to provide by the dates required in his contract. After exhausting all efforts to reach a resolution, I have no choice but to not run him with immediate effect."
Skip Barber, creator of the Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder and the Career Enhancement Award, expressed his disappointment in the situation.
"It's an age old story in racing. A driver has just enough money to get started and is pinning his hopes on the promise of future money when all of sudden the well runs dry," said Barber. "Nilton raced with us for three years and was always up to date in his payments with us. We were very confident of his ability to come up with the balance of funds needed to complete his rookie season in Indy Lights as I'm sure was he.
"In spite of this disappointing situation, in no way will it deter us from promoting the Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder and dispersing the $1.3 million in scholarships," added Barber.
- George Tamayo