NOVEMBER 26, 2001
Rahal releases Buddy Rice
Team Rahal had an option on rising US star Buddy Rice but it seems that this has been allowed to lapse and Rice is now expected to go testing with Team Cheever.
Rice is one of the most highly-rated young drivers in the US but the 25-year-old Arizonan who won the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship did not race in 2001. Bobby Rahal says that he wants to run two Americans in 2002 and has signed up Jimmy Vasser and is talking to both Alex Barron.
"I'd like to give a young American the same opportunity that Jim Trueman gave me," said Rahal.