Wilson makes first run for new Champcar team

Brazilian Max Wilson shook down the all-new Sigma team's Lola-Ford at the small Route 66 track in Chicago. The team, set up by owner Tom Weiringa, is entering the CART FedEx Champcar series next year as a one car team

Wilson makes first run for new Champcar team

Wilson, who has been doing F1 testing work for Michelin this year, is a former F3000 race winner and Williams test driver.

The team is said to be well financed, and sponsorship announcements are due in the next few weeks. Sigma and Wilson face a tough challenge with CART restricting testing to just 10 days before the season starts.

The team's technical director is David Luff, who has in the past worked for McLaren and Brabham, as well as having experience in CART with Arie Luyendyk.

The test reportedly went well, with no major problems. The team's next scheduled activity is planned later this month at Sebring

"I am very happy to be driving for Sigma," said 27-year old Wilson. "I'm very pleased to be racing in the FedEx CART Championship as I feel right now CART has the most competitive cars in racing. The series is very healthy, and there is a lot of spirit in the sport."

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