Arciero and Project Indy join forces

Frank Arciero and Andreas Leberle will link up to run a new team in CART this season

Arciero and Project Indy join forces

Arciero split with partner Cal Wells at the end of 1999. Wells renamed the team PPI Motorsports and will continue on his own this year with two cars for Christiano da Matta and Oriol Servia.

It was thought that Arciero would then form an alliance with the Forsythe team, running a second entry alongside Bryan Herta.

Instead he has decided to join forces with Andreas Leberle's Project Indy outfit to form the Arciero Project Racing Group.

Project Indy was formed in 1994 but has rarely found the funding to complete a full season. Former Payton-Coyne and Hogan driver Luiz Garcia Jr will race for the new team, likely to use Lola chassis and Mercedes engines.

'We are more than excited to join forces with a driver like Garcia, who has proved that has great potential, and the tradition of the Arciero family, which brings with it a lot of knowledge and experience,' said Leberle.

'We have to be realistic. We're not going to make any wonderful predictions, and we're going to do what we can.'

However, because of the late stage at which the deal came together, the Arciero Project Racing entry may miss the opening round of the CART series at Homestead on March 26.

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