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Rocketsports Confirm McDowell

Rocketsports Racing have confirmed that Michael McDowell will take the place of Ryan Hunter-Reay for the final two races of the season

The races are said to be a chance to evaluate McDowell's ability for a full-time drive in 2006. Hunter-Reay has had an unimpressive year and currently lies 14th in the standings.

McDowell, the 20 year-old former Pro Formula Mazda North American champion, presently races sportscars in the Grand Am series and has extensively tested a Champ Car with the team at Putnam Park in readiness for his debut.

"Driving a Champ Car is something that I have been striving to do and I have been focusing my whole career to get to this point," McDowell said. "I am lucky that I will get to live my dream and drive a Champ Car in the last two events this season.

"I have a new level of respect for the guys who can drive a Champ Car for three hours at a time. It's an extremely physical experience and I really like the fact that it doesn't have power steering and traction control like a Daytona Prototype because that makes it much easier to feel the track and the changes you're making to the car."

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