Sears: Ganassi new boys will do the business

The manager of newly-announced Chip Ganassi Racing duo Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian believes the rookie pair will be a force to be reckoned with in next year's CART championship

Sears: Ganassi new boys will do the business

David Sears has continued his links with Ganassi by paving the way for this year's top two Formula 3000 drivers to make the move across the Atlantic - and the Super Nova F3000 team boss believes his proteges will be tough to beat.

Sears said: "I think it's proven by Gil de Ferran winning the championship on Monday and also by Juan Pablo Montoya last year that obviously good F3000 drivers are hard to beat. I'm sure both of them will go really well, otherwise Chip wouldn't have taken a gamble on them."

F3000 champ Junqueira and runner-up Minassian follow in the footsteps of Montoya, who moved across to drive for Ganassi after taking the F3000 title with Super Nova in 1998, but joins the Williams Formula 1 team for 2001. Just three points separated Ganassi's latest signings after Junqueira clinched the title at the final round of the season in Belgium.

Sears is sure that making the move across the pond can only be beneficial for the future team mates. The Indianapolis-based Ganassi team has won four of the last five CART titles.

"At the end of the day, Bruno could have had a couple of chances in Formula 1 and that can still happen further down the line," said Sears. "Nicolas is like a kid in a sweet shop at the moment, he's absolutely over the moon about the whole thing. The team is one of the best in the business."

For full David Sears Q&A, click here.

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