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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Smith seals Champ Cars deal
Guy Smith
Smith feels he has achieved all he can in Sportscars
Former Le Mans winner Guy Smith has been given the chance to resurrect his single-seater career in Champ Cars.

The Yorkshireman, who won the 24-hour spectacular for Bentley in 2003, will drive for Rocketsports Racing starting next Sunday, 8 August, at Elkhart Lake.

Smith, who has spent this season racing sportscars for Audi, told his personal website: "I haven't raced at Elkhart before and Champ Cars are also new.

"But I look forward to gaining some experience and taking it from there."

As well as the challenge on the track, which is one of America's most challenging, Smith said he is looking forward to working with team owner - and series co-owner - Paul Gentilozzi.

I new it was time to look for a new challenge
Guy Smith
"I first met Paul at Daytona in 2002 and have kept in touch ever since," he explained.

"I couldn't have asked for a better team owner as I think the fact that he races and races well will help me.

"This has been a long time coming and I'm over the moon. I did (feeder series) Indy Lights a few years ago with the intention of moving up the ladder but at the time the openings weren't there.

"I fell into sportscars and had a fantastic few years, not least the win at Le Mans.

"But that win also fired me up and I knew it was time to look for a new challenge.

"I want to be realistic and set achievable targets over the next couple of races and then see what happens."

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