What People Are Saying

“We’ve known Michael for years and he brings a lot of speed, intelligence, and racecraft with him. We know he’s going to be a great fit with this team. We’ve seen what he can do in the car, so we’re really pleased to have him on our side and not have to race against him.”

— Michael Shank of Michael Shank Racing

“I’ve had my eye on Michael Valiante the last couple of years. There were four or five drivers we were looking at, but all of our research kept pointing at him as the best fit for our program. What appeals to us most is Michael's speed and his technical ability. We're about trying to win championships, so speed is always crucial.”

— SunTrust/Wayne Taylor Racing owner Wayne Taylor

“We’ve made major commitments to compete for the 2006 Rolex Series championship, including new cars and engines. Adding a driver of Michael’s caliber was another essential element because of what he can bring to our testing and development program and because he’s a proven winner, a team player and as fast as any driver in the series.”

— Finlay Motorsports Team Owner Rob Finlay

“I have watched Michael develop his skills tremendously in his Toyota Atlantic Championship career, and I have consistently been impressed by his talent. His record shows that he’s in contention virtually every race weekend. He won the season-opener at Monterrey, he was on the podium in Portland and had a fourth-place finish at Molson Indy Toronto last weekend. He has shown, by his performance this season that he’s more than ready to make the step up to Champ Cars, and we would consider ourselves fortunate to have him driving for us.”

— Champ Car owner Derrick Walker

“Michael is an absolute natural to be a star in the future… we’ve had our eyes on him for a couple of years, and the job he did with us this year simply confirmed our assessment that we're the right team for him and he’s the right driver for us.”

— Lynx Racing co-owner Peggy Haas

“It’s obvious that the things he loves most, driving and winning, and that makes it exciting for all of us.”

— Lynx Racing co-owner Jackie Doty