Pakistan is the latest country to feel the buzz of an A1 Grand Prix launch, and has stolen a march on its rivals by becoming the first country to actually name a driver for its entry in the series.

Nur B Ali, a graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School and previous champion of the US-based Formula Mazda series, was unveiled at Team Pakistan's representative in the first A1GP season as part of another stunning series launch, this time at Lahore Fort, a world heritage site in the national capital. The ceremony was attended by the president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, as well as many other prominent ministers, governors and business leaders.

"Tonight's event is truly noteworthy as it heralds Pakistan's entry into a sport that is totally new to the country," commented team chairman Arif Husain, "I am very
honoured and proud that Pakistan's people, industry and businesses are supporting us in the pioneering and exciting World Cup of Motorsport."

Series founder Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum paid his usual tribute to those involved in the latest team, having demonstrated the potential of the A1GP car to the public on the streets of the capital.

"I am honoured and privileged that A1 Team Pakistan has launched its team as a contender, and has taken this opportunity of showcasing Pakistan and its national companies on a world stage," the Sheikh said, "I commend the vision of Salik Hussain and Arif Husain, who will lead Pakistan's challenge in the World Cup of Motorsport, and wish them every success."



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