Three more drivers join Speedcar Series
A host of motorsport stars will be on hand for the first testing session of Speedcar Series this week. Former Formula One drivers Johnny Herbert, Gianni Morbidelli and Stefan Johansson, will join Jean Alesi at the Virginia International Raceway, USA, on Monday and Tuesday (March 5th and 6th), to sample three 600bhp cars that will be used in the Speedcar Series, which begins next autumn across Asia and Middle East.
They will be joined by American stock car driver Mike Bliss, who does not plan to race in the new series, but support the first part of the program as a test driver.
Last week, Alesi was confirmed as the first driver taking part in the inaugural championship, which features 24 identical cars competing on tracks in Asia and the Middle East.
Johnny Herbert said: "It is a very exciting new series and I am delighted to be part of it. The competition with the top class drivers will for sure be very fierce, and together we will have some fantastic battles on the race track. I can't wait for the racing to start."
Gianni Morbidelli commented: "I am very enthusiastic about the project. The car looks very aggressive and racy! 24 identical cars will leave a lot of room for the drivers to make the difference. With such a line up, I expect a very close fight. It is back to racing!"
Stefan Johansson added: "I have been eagerly anticipating this test! The level of competition and the quality of the cars and engines in the series is amongst the best in the sport. I am impressed by the scope of the pre test preparation which includes close to 60 people covering every aspect of the business."
The first season begins next November, with 18 races running over nine weekends until April 2008.
The series will be officially presented in Dubai later this year.
Speedcar Series' Drivers Highlights
Jean Alesi (French), age 42, born in Avignon on 11 June 1964, Number of Formula 1 GPs: 201
Johnny Herbert (British), age 42, born in Romford, England on 25 Jun 1964, Number of Formula 1 GPs: 160
Gianni Morbidelli (Italian), age 39, born in Pesaro, Italy on 13 January 1968, Number of Formula 1 GPs: 67
Stefan Johansson (Swedish), age 50, born in Vaxjo, Sweden on 8 September 1956, Number of Formula 1 GPs started: 79