With his seat for 2008 cast into uncertainty by the recent Champ Car/IndyCar unification, David Martinez will return to Team Mexico's entry in his home round of the A1 Grand Prix Series in two weeks' time.

After occasional outings with Forsythe Racing over the past two years, Martinez tested with Pacific Coast Motorsports at Sebring recently, but the merger of America's two open-wheel series means that deals with former Champ Car teams have been put on hold for many drivers not expecting to race on ovals this year.

Martinez, meanwhile, will return to Mexico's A1GP entry at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to carry out the rookie role on Friday 14 March, replacing David Garza, who has now amassed enough A1GP experience to make himself ineligible for the sessions.

Martinez made his A1GP debut back in 2006, racing at the Lausitzring, but has spent much of the time since chasing a regular place on the Champ Car grid, turning out for Forsythe at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in each of the last two seasons. He now expects to be able to put that experience to good use for Team Mexico.

Martinez and Garza also get on well, although this will be the first time that their paths have crossed as team-mates. The pair train together, however, with Martinez acting as a driving coach to his younger countryman.

"I am very pleased to be able to represent Mexico and help the team obtain a good result for all the Mexican fans," he said, "And what better to do it than along with David Garza, as we have wanted to be team-mates for many years. At last, the opportunity is presented to us.

"In recent months, I have kept myself very busy, preparing physically and driving the Champ Car. I have learned a lot and believe that I will be able to apply that know-how and help to improve the Team Mexico car.

"The A1GP is a series that I have always followed closely, as I believe that it is a very special concept and the races are becoming a better spectacle than a lot of international motor racing. I am excited to be of return with Team Mexico and expect that, together, we can obtain a great result."

 

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