Boy, has this been a busy news evening.......
~~Newman-Haas Racing, one of the most successful ChampCar teams of the past few years, announced earlier this evening that they have brought aboard former MiJack-Conquest co-owner Mike Lanigan aboard; the team will be known as Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing(see logo below......)
~~PKV Racing officials announced earlier today their driver lineup.....a pair of rookies will pilot the team's two Panoz DP01's in 2007; Neel Jani(already confirmed last month) and former GP2 and Renault World Series competitor Tristan Gommedy(Gommedy will test with the teams tomorrow and Saturday)
~~Several drivers are still without rides confirmed for the 2007; they include '06 Surfers Paradise winner Nelson Phillipe, former PKV Racing driver Oriol Servia, former Rocketsports driver Mario Dominguez, along with 2006 rookie competitors Jan Heylen and Dan Clarke
~~Cooperation in the works.......? Reports from both Rocketsports and RuSport are that, while the teams will not be merging in 2007, they will cooperate on several fronts, including possibly running an additional car or two this year....
~~Still in doubt...........Conquest Racing officials report that, while they are still looking for sponsors for 2007, they are "confident" they will answer the bell next month in Las Vegas
~~Finally, reports are that Dale Coyne Racing will announce part of their driver lineup for 2007; it is expected that former PKV Racing driver Katherine Legge will be confirmed as one of DCR's two drivers, with either Andrew Ranger or Bruno Junquiera as the team's second driver