Martinez replaces Servia for final two races Forsythe Championship Racing has named Mexican driver David Martinez to drive the #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone for the final two Champ Car World Series races this season.
The rookie driver has one previous start in the Champ Car World Series, running for Forsythe Championship Racing at Mexico City last year starting and finishing ninth. Martinez brings a wealth of experience from the Champ Car Atlantic Series, finishing fifth in the series standings in both 2005 and 2006. In all, the young Mexican scored five podiums and one pole position in the development series competing against a quality field that included current Champ Car drivers Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud. Martinez will make his second Champ Car start at the Lexmark Indy 300 on October 21. He will then drive in front of his countrymen in Mexico City on November 11.
Martinez will replace veteran driver Oriol Servia for the final two events. Servia joined Forsythe Racing at Long Beach, and scored two podiums and four top-five finishes in 11 starts with the team. Despite little time in the new DP01, Servia earned a runner-up finish in his debut with the team in Long Beach. The Spaniard also earned a third place finish at San Jose, after leading a race high 42 laps. The veteran driver finished in the top-ten in all but one start this season, and despite missing the season opener, sits sixth in the Series standings.
“I’m very happy to be working with Forsythe Championship Racing. They gave me my first drive in Champ Car last year and it went pretty well. I looking forward to driving the new DP01, it seems like a really good racecar. I’m going to get some testing in the new car at Sebring before we go to Australia, which will give me a good chance to work with the team and get back up to speed. I’ll have to learn the track in Australia, so it will be a challenge but when we get to Mexico City I’m looking forward to having a great weekend. I can’t wait to get back in the car!”
NEIL MICKLEWRIGHT, VP OF TEAM OPERATIONS
“David did a good job for us last year in Mexico City, qualifying in the top ten and running a very consistent race. Even though he hasn’t driven the DP01 yet, we learned last year, he adapts quickly to new cars and our test in Sebring will give him some good seat time. Don’t forget he completed every race lap during the 2006 Atlantic Championship, so he has the patience to keep his nose clean and drive within his limits. It is a shame we aren’t able to keep Oriol as well, he has done a great job this year and has been a valuable member of Forsythe Racing.”
JERRY FORSYTHE, TEAM OWNER
“We are very excited to have David as a part of our team for these next two events. He ran well for us in his only start last season and I’m delighted to be able to give a young up and coming Mexican star an opportunity to race. Oriol did a tremendous job for us, he came into a the team quickly and really shined. I wish him the best of luck in the future.”