Fittipaldi confirms stock car switch

Brazilian Champ Car racer Christian Fittipaldi has confirmed his expected switch from single-seater racing to stock cars

Fittipaldi confirms stock car switch

The 31-year-old nephew of ex-Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi has signed for Petty Enterprises to take on NASCAR's secondary Busch Series in 2003. He will also take in a number of Winston Cup races in preparation for a full-scale step up to the premier series in 2004.

"I've been looking at NASCAR over the last several years and knew I wanted to be a part of it," said Fittipaldi, who has already made two start in the Busch Series.

"I've been part of one of the top teams in the CART series with Newman-Haas and I wanted to find a similar opportunity in NASCAR. Petty Enterprises is one of the top names in the sport. Their team is clearly on the way up, and they have an impressive group of people and equipment working to take them to the top. I'm looking forward to being a part of it."

Fittipaldi will join another ex-CART racer John Andretti in the Petty camp.

Team boss Kyle Petty said: "Christian will be another bright new star in our sport. He's got tremendous experience, and he's been very successful in every series he's raced in.

"With our knowledge in this sport and his ability and experience as a driver, we're confident that he can win races and contend for championships in the near future."

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