March 14. 1998 Three New Teams And 11 Fresh Faces On Hand This Weekend In Homestead Among the three new teams in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship this year is a new effort mounted by long-time CART entrant Team ...
March 14. 1998 Three New Teams And 11 Fresh Faces On Hand This Weekend In Homestead
Among the three new teams in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship this year is a new effort mounted by long-time CART entrant Team Rahal, a two car entry from Mattco Raceworks in the team's first open-wheel effort, and another two-car effort from Mexican entrant Team Go. Team Rahal is the latest CART Champ Car team to branch out to the Indy Lights series. This year in addition to the Champ Car entries for Boby Rahal and Bryan Herta, Team Rahal is fielding the Textron Automotive Lola T97-20 for Mike Borkowski in Indy Lights. This marks Borkowski's return to Indy Lights after a two-year absence. He competed in six Indy Lights events in 1996 with a best finish of fourth at Portland. Last year Borkowski drove a Textron Automotive sponsored Mustang to the Rookie of the Year honors in the SCCA Trans-Am championship. Mattco Raceworks was formed by Matt Cohen in January 1997. That year the team fielded a BMW M3 in the Exxon Supreme GT Series, scoring a pole at Lime Rock and a victory at Watkins Glen International. This year the team is fielding a two-car Indy Lights entry for veteran Chris Simmons and rookie Tony Renna as the next step on Cohen's eventaul goal of fielding a team in the FedEx Championship Series. The third organization debuting this weekend is Quaker State Team Go from Mexico with a two-car entry for Irishman Derek Higgins and Mexican driver Jorge Goeters.
In addition to Renna, Higgins and Goeters, other rookies include Americans Brian Cunningham and Andy Boss, Swede Mattias Andersson, Australian Paul Morris, Englishman Guy Smith, Austrian Philipp Peter and Oriol Servia from the Spanish province of Catalonia. Though Cunningham and Andersson have raced before in Indy Lights competition, with fewer than five Indy Lights starts on their resumes, both are considered rookies.
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