In it's 26 years of operation Newman, Haas, Lanigan have fielded cars in CART and the IRL, that were piloted by the best drivers that money could buy.
The list includes Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Bruno Junqueira, Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Fittipaldi, Cristiano da Matta, Justin Wilson, Oriol Servia and Graham Rahal to name but a few.
The winningest team of the past 20 years in open wheel racing has never gone with a pay for ride driver, but in these challenging economic times, that's about to change.
SPEEDtv.com has learned that Milka Duno is signing on to one of the signature teams in motorsports and, as reported previously, Robert Doornbos is also joining the Chicago-based team for 2009. According to sources, Brian Lisles, the team manager at NHL, called the Indy Racing League office on Tuesday afternoon to reveal that young Rahal will have two teammates for the upcoming season. "I can't tell you anything right now because we have no signatures or contracts signed but we're working on doing the best we can," said Lisles. "We do hope to have some good news for ourselves and the series by the end of the week."
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While I am on the subject of racing, the IRL is on Versus this year. Check out their promo's. Not too shabby. Too bad we don't get Versus in Canada. Stuck with shitty tape delay on TSN.
Not bad, maybe they could include a promo with all the drivers as well to get some driver recognition going. Check out this classic promo from the good old days of CART. One of the best racing promo's I have ever seen. And the beauty of this was that all the drivers were included, not just the one or two most popular. I miss the good old days of CART...