Minden, Nevada – Lee Dykstra will join the Sierra Sierra Enterprises team as Chief Engineer. Lee comes to the team with a long history in open wheel racing and recent success in the Champ Car Atlantic Series.
Having top talent is paramount to a winning team. Dykstra brings with him the right mix of knowledge, experience and talent. He has designed more than fourteen complete race cars and won seven championships, five of which were in cars he designed. Furthermore, many of the specifications on the current Atlantic Car and 2007 Champ Car were initiated while Dykstra was Director of Technology at Champcar.
"Once again Sierra Sierra Enterprises is able to attract key personnel in their endeavor to win the 2007 Atlantic Championship. It will be a pleasure working with Lee. He is an engineer with much experience in so many forms of racing," said Richard Raeder, Team Manager.
"I am genuinely excited about joining Sierra Sierra. They are a unified team with a proven winning record. With Raphael Matos, Team Manager Richard Raeder and Driver Coach David Empringham, the team will be a major contender for the 2007 $2 Million Atlantic-Champcar incentive. Raphael Matos has proven he can race competitively, consistently and he definitely wants to win," commented Dykstra on his view of the upcoming 2007 season with Sierra Sierra.
A winning combination requires technical expertise, experience and the right mix of team chemistry. Dykstra carries with him an instant familiarity: "An additional bonus is being reunited with David Empringham [Sierra Sierra Driver Development Coach] who I engineered to a Championship win in the 1996 Indy Lights series," commented Dykstra.
"I am really excited that we have been able to secure Lee as our Lead Engineer. Reuniting with him gives me confidence that we will give our drivers a championship winning effort in 2007," said Dave Empringham, Driver Development Coach.
Sierra Sierra Enterprises is expanding to a two-car team for the 2007 season. Raphael Matos will continue with the team and an additional driver will be selected and announced in the upcoming months.