Having initially been rated as doubtful for this weekend's Laguna Seca round of the A1 Grand Prix series, Patrick Carpentier will remain in the Team Canada car, and has also been added to the line-up for the final round in China next month.

The former Champ Car star was thought unlikely to be able to fulfil his commitment to the team in California as his wife is expecting a child, but has now confirmed that he will be behind the wheel of the predominantly white Lola at a circuit he knows well. On top of that, however, the 34-year old Quebecois has been told that he can also contest the Shanghai round as team regular Sean McIntosh will be required elsewhere following his recent World Series by Renault deal with KTR.

Carpentier's return to Laguna Seca is eagerly anticipated as the 3.6km road course holds happy memories for the Canadian. In his seven Champ Car starts there between 1998-2004, five top-ten finishes are capped off by back-to-back victories in 2003 and 2004. Both wins followed strong qualifying performances, with pole in 2003 and second on the grid the following year.

"I'm thrilled to be returning to Laguna Seca, having not raced there since 2004," Carpentier admitted, "It's a great track and a fun place to drive, so I'm looking forward to combining my knowledge of the circuit with my A1GP experiences in Mexico.

"I'll sit down with my engineer and we'll go through a few things, I know which set-ups are effective at the track so, hopefully, we can implement a successful strategy for the weekend. After that, I'm really excited to continue with A1 Team Canada for the final round in China. I?EUR(TM)ve never been there, it's another new experience for me but I hear it's going to be a major event!"

 

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