The A1 Grand Prix series has lined up another three recruits with just over a couple months remaining before the inaugural race, at Brands Hatch, in late September.

Series founder Sheikh Maktoum used the official launch of India's entry to reveal that France, Switzerland and the USA will join the 16 other confirmed countries lined up for the self-styled 'World Cup of Motorsport'.

DAMS team owner Jean Paul Driot has been confirmed as team principal for A1 Team France, while the franchise for the crucial American market has been secured by communications tycoon Rick Weidinger. A1 Team Switzerland has approached former Sauber F1 and Porsche Motorsport director Max Welti to head up its national side.

"The inclusion of France and Switzerland significantly increases A1 Grand Prix's European footprint, providing traditional competition for the likes of the teams from Great Britain and the Netherlands," series CEO Tony Teixeira commented.

"Looking across the Atlantic, Mr Weidinger's support has presented a significant opportunity to develop A1 Grand Prix's profile in the influential American market. By giving American fans the opportunity to race against 24 other nations in 550bhp single-seater cars with equalised tyres and technology, I am sure the series will be backed by the patriotism of the American fans and will prove a major success in North America."

 

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