Team St. George gets green light

The field at next month's CART race on the Rockingham oval will be boosted by the appearance of Team St. George, which is set to run a British driver in its sole car

Team St. George gets green light

After months of speculation, bosses at the Corby track have finally confirmed that a Lola-Cosworth run by Ray Mallock Ltd will take to the grid for the September 14 race. The team is being helped by dormant Champ Car entrant Dale Coyne Racing, which has updated the Lola to '2002-spec'.

The identity of the driver has yet to be confirmed, but Rockingham boss David Grace says that it will be a Brit.

"We have some talented British drivers who are keen to take up the challenge," he said. "Our job is to deliver the car and team to give them a chance of victory."

Drivers linked with the team included Johnny Herbert, Darren Turner and Darren Manning. Manning has actively pursued the drive in recent weeks as he believes it could be a chance to impress CART bosses and put himself in the shop window for a 2003 seat.

"It would be a fantastic opportunity and I'm confident I could do a good job," he told AUTOSPORT. "I'm not worried about a lack of track time. After all, it's only a 20-second lap."

The full story appears in this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, which is on sale tomorrow (Thursday August 22)

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