Jonathan Bomarito will return for a fourth assault on the Atlantic Championship title after agreeing terms to rejoin the Mathiasen Motorsports team with which he proved to be the most successful driver of 2008.
The American helped Ray and Leslie Mathiasen to the 'Team Owners of the Year Award' after taking series highs for race wins, poles and laps led, but had to settle for the runners-up position after a tense finale to a close-fought season. He returns as the most experienced driver in the field as he chases the new $1m champion's prize with what was once an unfancied, if successful, C2 class entry.
“I am really looking forward to being back with Mathiasen Motorsports," Bomarito insisted, "To say we have some unfinished business is an understatement. I want to thank Ray and Leslie Mathiasen for giving me another opportunity to keep racing and further my career in motorsports.”
The team returns with the full 2008 squad remaining intact, and race engineer/technical director Alain Clarinval is looking forward to getting off to a fast start in testing at Palm Beach and Sebring over the next few weeks.
“This is a fantastic chance for us to go back with our well-oiled machine of a team, and an outstandingly talented driver that we know how to support, and provide for him to be the very best,” Clarinval stated, “It's like wearing old shoes that are so comfortable but that got polished to a mirror and with new laces to tighten them well.”
With the Firestone Indy Lights series proving to be a popular temptation for drivers around the world, not least in the Atlantic championship, the Mathiasens are delighted that Bomarito has chosen to remain in the feeder series for another year.
"We are extremely grateful to Jonathan that he has agreed to return and drive for us once again in 2009,” they said, “The team we have assembled for the most part will be identical to the one that came so close to winning the Atlantic Championship in 2008, but now also includes a full time data support engineer to assist Alain Clarinval.
“We definitely have some unfinished business to take care of and, with the added incentive of a substantial improvement in the prize fund structure provided by the Atlantic series, everyone on the team is totally committed to achieving our mission of winning the 2009 Atlantic Championship. It's been a long off-season and we can hardly wait for the first race of the season in Sebring this month. This is a great series and we are proud to once again be part of it."