Andretti, Patrick to Debut for A1 Team USA at Chengdu

A1 Team USA will bring in some fresh blood for the next round of the A1 GP calendar, at Chengdu, following the team's rather poor performances in the season opener at Zandvoort. The team's new lineup include two of the most promising rising stars of the IndyCar Series, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick. Both will make their debut in the series this weekend.

“Getting to race in China is something I'm really looking forward to. Although A1GP is new to AGR, I thought the crew did a great job with the first race. They had to put in a lot of effort just to get on track and they were able to get the car up to speed rather quickly. There is a possibility that the weather could add another element to the race and that should only make it more challenging for the drivers and more entertaining for the fans,” admitted AGR driver Marco Andretti.

Marco, race winner in the IndyCar Series and 7th place finisher in the 2008 point standings, will be joined in by IndyCar teammate Danica Patrick, whom he will be sharing seats for the entire duration of this A1 GP season. Both drivers are looking to improve their road-course technique while also using their winter vacation in a more useful way in this single-make series.

“This series is the opposite of the IndyCar Series for us, so it really works schedule-wise. There's not a lot of testing in the US, so we feel this is a good way of getting road racing miles for Marco and Danica. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration with the schedules, so I don't know who is going to race in China. It's probably Marco, but I'm not 100 per cent sure,” had stated Michael Andretti before the season opener in early October.

In the meantime, Michael has made up his mind about the driver who is going to represent his country at Chengdu this season, confirming that: “we're pleased that Marco is getting the chance to drive a different car than what he is used to. The team have worked hard to make this a successful venture from the very start and I expect Marco to be quick and learn a lot driving the A1GP car.”

Danica Patrick won her first race inside the IndyCar Series this season, in Japan (Twin Ring Motegi), and finished the season on a promising 6th place overall. Shortly after becoming the first female to win an IndyCar race in the history of the sport, Patrick was linked with a move to Honda F1 Team.
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