Conquest takes Haberfeld to CART

Former British Formula 3 champion Mario Haberfeld will race in CART next year for Eric Bachelart's Conquest Racing team, which has bucked the recent trend and is moving over from the rival IRL series

Conquest takes Haberfeld to CART

This year, Conquest took Laurent Redon to the rookie of the year honours, but is switching codes after purchasing Forsythe Racing's 2002 Reynards, which won races in Patrick Carpentier's hands. Conquest is the first team to commit to running the 02I rather than the ubiquitous Lola chassis.

Since winning the British F3 title in 1998, Haberfeld has spent four seasons racing in Formula 3000. Now he's looking forward to a new challenge.

"One of the reasons for my decision is the people involved in the team," said Haberfeld. "The roots of the team are from Europe, and that's what I'm used to. Eric won the Indy Lights title in 1992, and raced in CART himself. The team manager is Chris Mower [son of Derek Mower who owned the Nordic F3000 team that ran Justin Wilson to the Championship in 2001], and one of the engineers will be Andy Miller who was my engineer at Paul Stewart Racing when I won the British Formula 3 Championship in 1998."

Haberfeld expects his first test to be on January 25 and 26 at Laguna Seca. "Our car is the one that Patrick Carpentier took to third place in the 2002 Championship. As the rules are frozen, hardly anything can change with the aerodynamics, so we should maintain the competitiveness for 2003. There will be a lot of new drivers in 2003, and my goal is to win rookie of the year - it's a valued title in American racing."

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