Garcia Flies Atlantic with Condor to Conquer America
Borja Garcia will be racing in the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda with Condor Motorsports after testing with the team at the Palm Beach International Raceway on Tuesday and Wednesday and topping the time sheets in all four sessions, with a best time of 1.07.286, leaving 2008 Champion Markus Niemela and the rest of the field in the distance.
In a move masterminded by his management company, CJ Motorsport Consulting, the talented Spaniard follows in the footsteps of fellow CJ Driver Franck Perera, who successfully took up the same challenge in 2007.
At the time, following an equally dominant first test at Laguna Seca, Perera literally rewrote the record books (3 Wins, 8 Podiums, 2 Poles, 1 Best Lap, Top Five in all 12 Races) on his way to the 2007 Rookie of the Year title. He narrowly missed out on the overall title to series returnee Raphael Matos.
Perera's achievements did not go unnoticed as he earned himself a Champ Car test at Sebring, where he proceeded to top the time sheets and beat the unofficial track record. This secured him a ride for the season, initially in Champ Car and later in IndyCar after the former was absorbed. Unfortunately, the Frenchman became the victim of Conquest Racing’s sponsorship woes and he was forced to relinquish his seat despite some very good early performances.
Garcia’s resume boasts a wealth of experience and success, including Spanish F3 champion, World Series by Renault vice-champion, multiple podiums in GP2 and an impressive Formula One test for Toyota F1.
“We are delighted to have been able to secure a deal for Borja to race in the Atlantic Championship with Condor,” commented Serge Celebidachi from CJ Motorsport Consulting. “The strategy was a successful one two years ago with Franck as he really made a name for himself on the American scene. Borja has the talent and temperament to achieve similar success and we know that in Condor Motorsport, we have a team that can help us challenge for the title.”
"We're all really happy to welcome Borja to the team," said Carlos Bobeda, owner of Condor Motorsports, who captured the 2005 Champ Car Atlantic Championship with Dutchman Charles Zwolsman. "Borja’s achievements in Europe speak for themselves and he comes from the same management stable as Franck Perera, with whom we had a lot of success in 2007. I am expecting great things from him and so far, I haven’t been disappointed."
“It has always been an ambition of mine to race in the USA and I am extremely grateful to both Carlos Bobeda from Condor Motorsports and to my management team at CJ Motorsport Consulting for this new opportunity”, said Garcia. "Atlantic is a fantastic championship. It offers excellent prize money and will give me the opportunity to showcase my talent in the United Stated so that I can start building a long-term racing career over here, which is our goal.”