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NOVEMBER 7, 2003

Keohane gets a chance in Champ Cars

Aspiring F1 driver Michael Keohane will be testing a Champ Car at Sebring on November 13. The test is being run by Dale Coyne Racing, and Keohane hopes to use it as a chance to build a CART career and then try to transfer back to Europe as an F1 driver.

The 23 -year-old Irishman made his Formula 3000 debut this year after a frustrating time in Formula 3 this year with Sweeney Racing in the works Lola-Dome chassis. In 2002, driving for Carlin Motorsport, he scored two wins and finished fifth in the British Championship, despite missing five races.

"This test is very important. Champ Car is where I want to be next year and a strong test will help progress my plans. Dale Coyne is giving me a chance to prove myself and I intend making the most of this fantastic opportunity," said Keohane. "The Champ Car World Series is a proven route to Formula 1 and a top level professional series in its own right and I truly hope to be a part of it next year."