Former champion joins an outfit aligned with top IRL squad Andretti-Green Racing for this year's Infiniti Pro Series in the USA.
March 19, 2007, 4.30pm. US-based New Zealand racing driver Wade Cunningham has signed to race with AFS Racing in the 2007 Indy Pro Series (IPS).
Former World Karting Champion Cunningham won the IPS in 2005 as a rookie, and finished third last year after missing two races because of appendicitis.
He had planned to move up to the Indy Racing League (IRL) this year, but with little movement in the driver ranks in that category, has brokered an IPS deal with Andretti Green Racing and its affiliate AFS Racing.
"It's a great opportunity," Cunningham said. "I've looked at this from all sorts of different angles but the bottom line is if I want to get to the IRL I have to align myself with one of the top teams and that, effectively, is what I've done and I'll be pushing hard at every race."
Cunningham's first race is at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida this weekend.
S2000 for van der Drift
March 19, 2007, 4.30pm. Dutch Kiwi racing driver Chris van der Drift (21) has jetted to Europe for talks with a potential major sponsor for his Formula S2000/Master programme.
He has signed again with his Italian-based team, JD Motorsport, and will race a Tatuus carbon fibre monocoque car powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine developing 250bhp.
The eight-round series begins at Valencia, Spain, on May 1 and finishes in October at Monza, Italy.