BERKSHIRE, England (Oct. 17, 2005) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Cooper-Avon Tyres Ltd. subsidiary has garnered the tire supply contract for the Grand Prix Masters World Series, a newly created international racing series that has attracted former Formula 1 world champions Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Alan Jones.
The new series featuring a spec chassis/engine/tire combination is open to former Formula 1 drivers age 45 or older. The inaugural race will take place Nov. 13 at Kayalami Race Park in South Africa, with a field of 16 anticipated.
The inaugural race is a prelude to a complete season racing in 2006, according to the organizer, Grand Prix Masters Ltd.
The Masters series will use spec single-seaters purpose-built in the U.K. by Delta Motorsport, based on the 1999 Reynard Champ Car chassis. The engine will be a 3.5-liter McLaren V8, based on the Cosworth XB Indy car engine, developing about 600 hp at 10,400 rpm and linked to a six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters.
Cooper-Avon will supply the slick racing tires, according to Grand Prix Masters.
Other drivers committed to the series thus far include Italians Riccardo Patrese and Andrea de Cesaris, Frenchman Rene Aroux, Dutchman Jan Lammers, Swede Stefan Johannson and Germans Hans Stuck and Christian Danner.