Irvine to drive for Jaguar Racing in 2000

Ford's new Formula One team, Jaguar Racing, has announced Eddie Irvine will join the outfit next year.

Irvine to drive for Jaguar Racing in 2000

The 33-year-old Ulsterman's appointment at the marque revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show at noon BST.

Irvine's move has been an open secret in the F1 paddock for the past few weeks.

It was exclusively revealed by AUTOSPORT magazine last month [August 5].

Irvine has signed a three-year deal with the outfit, partnering current Stewart-Ford driver Johnny Herbert next year.

'I'm overjoyed,' said Irvine. 'This is the opportunity I've been wanting for the last two years.

'I'm lucky to be involved in such a fantastic project. Through my experience in the rebuilding of Ferrari, I believe I can make a significant contribution to Jaguar Racing.'

Jaguar chairman Dr Wolfgang Reitzle welcomed Irvine to the new race team.

'In signing Eddie, we have secured the services of a dynamic driver for Jaguar's new Formula One venture.

'Eddie has proven with Ferrari this year that he is a winner and we are delighted to have a driver of his calibre on board.

'There will be a number of changes next year and the experience of Eddie and Johnny will enable use to implement those changes while at the same time accelerate our rate of competitiveness.

'Eddie and Johnny will be a formidable combination.'

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