A1 Team Canada has announced that Patrick Carpentier will represent Canada in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations in round nine of the inaugural series at Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico [February 24-26] and again in round 10 at Laguna Seca, USA [March 10-12].

Carpentier competed in the IRL last year, finishing on the podium twice. Prior to that he raced in the Champ Car World Series for eight years, scoring five victories from 22 podium finishes.

"I'm really excited to be representing Canada in the A1 Grand Prix Series," stated Carpentier. "I'm grateful to Wade Cherwayko for the offer to join the Canadian team and to Mecachrome for allowing me to compete in Mexico and the USA.

"I won my last race at Laguna Seca in Champ Cars in 2004, I love the track and I know some of the other quick guys from the IRL are going to be representing their countries that weekend - it's going to be a lot of fun!

"I've raced a couple of times at Fundidora Park in Mexico as well so again I know the track and can take the time to get used to the A1GP car. I have to say the A1 Team Canada car looks amazing and I can't wait to start racing it next month."

A1 Team Canada franchise holder, Wade Cherwayko, is equally pleased to have Carpentier represent Canada when the A1 Grand Prix of Nations crosses the Atlantic for the first time next month.

"My objective from the very start for A1 Team Canada was to bring together both the present and the future of Canadian motorsport. Patrick represents the present and I'm delighted that he shares our vision for the team along with Sean McIntosh, one of Canada's leading young talents," said Cherwayko.

"Patrick brings an exceptional amount of talent and experience to our driver line-up, he's a proven winner at the top level of open-wheel competition and more importantly he's a great ambassador for Canada having competed internationally against some of the world's finest drivers. Participating in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations gives Canada the opportunity to put its stamp firmly on the world motorsport map and to follow on from the reputation established by the likes of Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve in F1."



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