Rocketsports opts for CART over IRL

The Rocketsports Racing Trans-Am team is to enter the CART Champ Car series next season with a single car. Team owner and three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi had been expected to take his Lancing, MI, team into the rival Indy Racing League [Oct 8]. "The business-to-business relationship, particularly as it relates to industrial suppliers, is more effective right now in CART," said Gentilozzi. "This is a business, and I have to run it as a business."

Rocketsports opts for CART over IRL


The team has not yet announced a chassis or driver. Nor has it said if its longtime Trans-Am sponsor, Johnson Controls, will also make the jump to the open-wheel category.

Rocketsports has raced production-based saloons in a variety of series including the Trans-Am and the GTS class of the former IMSA Series. In addition to its new CART programme, the team will run a multi-car 'customer' programme in the 2003 Trans-Am.

"I'm not expecting multiple race wins or a championship run," Gentilozzi continued. "But I do expect to go to every race prepared to be competitive. We'll continue to improve as we develop more knowledge and gel as a team. We'll have two seasons to learn the system. By 2005, it will be a new experience for everyone with CART's new chassis/engine programme, and we'll be ready."

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