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Yates joins forces with Champ Car team

Yates joins forces with Champ Car team

Yates joins forces with Champ Car team

INDIANAPOLIS - Robert Yates Racing and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing have confirmed that the two entities have a letter of intent for a partnership in NASCAR's Nextel Cup and Busch Series. The team will be named Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing effective immediately.

"This is a wonderful partnership," said Robert Yates, founder of Robert Yates Racing, in a statement released a short time before a scheduled news conference announcing the partnership. "This gives us a clear vision how to get to the top. It is our goal to continue to build so this team will be better positioned to contend for the championship."

Robert Yates Racing, formed in 1988, is currently competing in the Nextel Cup Series with drivers Ricky Rudd and David Gilliland.

"I am very proud of our accomplishments in the Champ Car World Series and hope we can have the same success in NASCAR," added Carl A. Haas, who has been a team owner in NASCAR's Cup series on two previous occasions. "We have been looking to add other forms of racing to our Champ Car program, and when the opportunity came along to work with Robert Yates Racing, a team that shares the same drive for success that we do, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I think that the NASCAR and Champ Car programs can learn something from each other and only enhance the championship level that Robert Yates Racing and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing have competed at in previous years."

Veteran actor and former sports-car competitor Paul Newman, a partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, said that his team has always been engineer-driven, something that could be an asset.

"We have always been an engineering-driven team," Newman said. "We think we have something special to add to the benefit of both. This in no way lessens our commitment to open-wheel racing - we want to broaden our horizons."

"The opportunity of joining Robert and Doug Yates is an opportunity of a lifetime," added Michael Lanigan, a new partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. "The Yates family has been competing against the best and winning for many years. We look forward to a long and productive association."

RYR has 57 wins and 48 poles in the Cup series.

This agreement also includes RYR's Busch program with Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 Ford Fusion.

"NASCAR Nextel Cup racing is rapidly moving, technology-wise, to engineering areas that Newman/Haas/Lanigan has years of experience with already," said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. "And Robert Yates Racing brings years of engine development and race craft in the sport that is invaluable to this operation. Put that expertise together, along with joint ownership that is clearly committed to winning, and we have a Ford program that will be a contender for years to come."


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