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Andrea Wirth can't wait to start with Forsythe Racing
Source: Andreas Wirth PR

 January 15, 2006


Andreas Wirth
Champ Car

Sometimes no news is good news … and that is very much the case with the young race car driver, Andreas Wirth from Germany.

The last that most people heard of Andreas he was 2nd in the points standing in the Toyota Atlantic Series Championship when he crashed in the morning warm up at Road America.  The disappointing incident left Andreas with vertebrae damage, putting him out of the last two races of the Toyota Atlantic season, and in turn out of contention for the championship title. “It was a stupid accident, really nobody’s fault” he said.  “I’ve just left it behind me as a race accident, that's all.  But it definitely wasn’t what I had hoped for.  I had such a good run in Denver, I think anything could have happened.” Truly a heartbreaking end to the season for this promising young star, especially after his earlier success.
 
With so little information available about Andreas over the past few months, we’re happy to see that he’s back …back from his physical rehabilitation and ready to race again. According to Andreas, “the rehabilitation went well …I’m still doing some stretching for my back, things I’d never done before. Honestly I don't even really know how long it took to get 100% again, I was just doing my exercises every day to recover as fast as possible, and everything went pretty fast.  The doctors I stayed with in Austria were very good, and they helped me a lot mentally.”


Andreas Wirth leads at Portland
Champ Car

Andreas’ first experience back in the car since his accident was for a test with Sierra Sierra at the end of November 2005.  Things went well and Andreas was happy to be back in the saddle again.  At the time he said, “I think it went pretty well after being out of the car for more than three months.  I felt good, no pain or anything.  I was there from the very first second, so I was really happy about how everything went, so we’ll wait and see.” 

Since that time, Andreas has enjoyed his time back at home in Germany spending time with friends and family over the holidays.
 
But now, with all that behind him, it’s back to business … he’s back, and eager for the 2006 season to begin.  Anxious to get racing again, there’s hardly been a spare moment for this dynamic young man, as he’s already been preparing for the season ahead.

Continuing to climb the open-wheel racing development ladder Andreas has seen his hopes, dreams and aspirations slowly turn to reality, and proudly this week it was announcement that Andreas has signed with the Forsythe Racing Atlantic Series team for 2006.  Andreas had the following to say about his fabulous new opportunity, “I know that I’m with one of the best teams out there, and I’m confident to be in the fight for the championship. I’m really happy to drive for the Forsythe Championship Racing Atlantic team, and want to thank all the people and sponsors who helped me to make this happen. I’m ready to go and can’t wait for everything to start!  This really is the next step in my career, and I will try to learn as much as possible this year.  I’m fortunate to be with a team like Forsythe!”

Proudly, Andreas secured his ride at Forsythe without having to turn a single test lap in 2005/2006. Based on Andreas’ past performances and winning history, Forsythe Racing have identified this talented young man as a rising star of racing, and have claimed him for themselves.

Obviously, Andreas is thrilled to be selected by the prominent Forsythe Racing team and is honored that his name will now be listed in the company of such racing legends as Teo Fabi, Jacques Villeneuve, Greg Moore, Rodolfo Lavin, Mario Dominguez, Alex Tagliani, Patrick Carpentier, and Paul Tracy, all of whom have raced with the Forsythe Racing team.

Looking forward to leading the charge for Forsythe Racing as they make their return to the Atlantic Series in 2006, Andreas will be the only one of his team members that has previously run in the Atlantics.  Joining him will be a former competitor from the Formula BMW Series, 19 year old Canadian James Hinchcliffe (in 2004 Andreas and James finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the Formula BMW Championship), 25 year old, Brazilian born Leonardo Maia, and 16 year old Richard Philippe (Nelson Philippe’s youngest brother). Together, these dynamic drivers will be a force to be reckoned with as they battle to take the Championship in 2006, adding to Forsythe Racing’s long list of accomplishments.

No doubt, 2006 will prove to be an extremely competitive year in the Champ Car Atlantic Series.  We wish all of the drivers a safe year and look forward to seeing them all on track in just three short months as they hit the streets of Long Beach, one the longest running races in Champ Car history.

As for Andreas, we know he has a very exciting year ahead and we wish him every success in his hunt for the championship title.

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