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News in High Gear Leading Up to the Las Vegas Grand Prix


Graham Rahal Joins Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing

Graham Rahal joins newly renamed NHL Racing for his rookie season the the Champ Car World Series. Graham will drive the #2 Panoz DP01 supported by MEDI l ZONE. Though this formal announcement is late in coming and expected for months, Rahal has been testing with teammate and series champion Sebastien Bourdais at all test sessions this preseason. "The last few tests have gone extremely well for our team," said Graham, "and hopefully come season's end we cannot only win the Rookie of the Year Championship but be in the fight for the overall championship."

Mario Dominguez and Forsythe Championship Racing Reunite

Mario Dominguez

Forsythe Championship Racing announced that it has secured the services of veteran Mexican Champ Car Driver Mario Dominguez to pilot the #7 Telmex/INDECK car. Mario drove for FCR in 2005 and the first four races of 2006 before being fired and replaced by AJ Allmendinger. Dominguez comes to the team with sponsorship money and brings FCR back to a two car team. Forsythe had announced his intention to only run one car out of his own, via INDECK, pocket.

Robert Doornbos joins Minardi Team USA, Dan Clarke back also

Dan ClarkeMinardi Team USA announced that Dan Clarke and Robert Doornbos have signed to compete in the 2007 Champ Car season. Dutchman, Robert Doornbos, has extensive single-seater experience, having raced for Jordan, Minardi and Red Bull in Formula One, and will combine his Minardi Team USA Champ Car activities this year with testing commitments for the Red Bull Racing F1 team. Clarke raced with the team last year under the CTE name and won the pole at Road America while in the wet.

RuSport and Rocketsports Racing join forces to become RSPORTS

As the 2007 season approached, the two teams had decided separately that they would be scaling back their respective operations to one car each. After confirming that Alex Tagliani would return to the Rocketsports team to drive the #8 LXN2 Panoz the team was excited to enter their fifth year in the Champ Car World Series. On the other side of the paddock, fourth-year Champ Car team RuSPORT was pleased to announce the return of Justin Wilson to drive the #9 CDW car.  However, in the highly competitive arena of Champ Car competition, single car teams are rarely successful because of the lack of information and data at their disposal. Two drivers can develop and exchange much more information, which can be the difference between dominating a race and merely participating. Both drivers this the partnership is "great," one didn't mean it. Ruketspot Racing failed to make the naming cut.

Condor Motorsports adds Brian Thienes and Frank Perera for 2007

The Condor team tested with Thienes in January and was impressed by his professionalism on and off the racetrack. Thienes, 44, is an accomplished race car driver who also runs a successful civil engineering and land surveying company, Thienes Engineering.

Perera, a 22-year-old native of Montpellier, France, has reached a contract agreement to compete with the Condor team in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. The announcement comes on the heels of Perera's dynamic Atlantic debut last week at Champ Car Spring Training in Monterey, California, and it immediately makes the talented racer a top contender for this season's series title.

Vegas Grand Prix News

Bridgestone Motorsport is now the official tire of the Vegas Grand Prix. Bridgestone joins a long list of race supports that no longer includes Visa.

Track construction is going to plan and Big & Rich will play Freemont Street over the weekend. Get ready for a party!



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