Newly crowned Australian Formula 3 Champion Tim Macrow is to test a Champ Car Atlantic car for Jensen Motorsport later this month.

The 23 year-old will test the Mazda powered Atlantic chassis at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia following an invitation from experienced team owner and former driver Eric Jensen.

It will mark the first step towards a possible move to the United States next season, Macrow having targeted the US open-wheel scene as a viable option to continue his career following three successful years in Australian Formula 3.

In 46 race starts, Macrow scored seven wins and a total of 26 podium finishes, finishing second in the 2006 championship and scoring a triumphant title win this season in the final race of the year.

"I want to stay in Open-Wheel racing so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to further my career and take a step forward," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the test with Jensen Motorsport. The team has a lot of experience in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship and have had plenty of success in the past so I'm keen to get over there and work with them at Roebling Raceway in Georgia."

Macrow said that the Aussie influences on the US-based open wheel scene were just one of the attractions that have generated his interest to compete in the Atlantic championship next year.

"Team Australia, Paul Stoddart, Kevin Kalkoven, Will Power - there are a lot of very successful Australians working amongst the Champ Car scene and I'd love to be part of that," he added. "Champ Car is a good series and gets a lot of exposure in Australia thanks to the Surfers Paradise event and Will Power's performances.

"The opportunity is there for the Atlantic champion to step up to Champ Car the following season - not too many series at that level anywhere in the world offer that kind of a prize."



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