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Old 02-13-2003, 20:24   #1 (permalink)
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IT’S OFFICIAL – CAT RACING,
FORD & LOWNDES TEAM UP.

Cat Racing has officially announced its decision to stay
with Ford for the 2003 Season. The new CAT-badged
BA-model V8 Race Car will be fielded by the Ford
Performance Race Team with Craig Lowndes behind the
wheel.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the deal and have every confidence
that we will seeing a lot more of the CAT brand right up there in the
front of the grid”, said Mike Leyden of Caterpillar Australia.
“At the end of a pretty ordinary season in 2002, we looked at every
option before committing to this year.
“We felt that our long-term links with Ford made it natural to stay
with the Blue Oval. Then when Ford offered Craig Lowndes as the
driver of the CAT Car, we were sure that we had the right
combination and the right team”, he said.
The new CAT Ford will be unveiled at the Melbourne Motor Show
in a few weeks. Its colour scheme, like the car and driver, is totally
different.
“We certainly wanted a design that would suit the car but knew that
it had to be completely different to the old AU Ford”, Mike said.
“The design we agreed upon retains the strong CAT branding but
allows the car’s own lines to shine through. It’s a strong design and
it’s going to look brilliant when it’s out in front”.
Mike Leyden is confident that all CAT staff and customers will be
truly supportive of the new look as well as the new team. He
looks forward to introducing Craig Lowndes to customers and staff
at events throughout the year.
“We’re back into V8 Racing with a vengeance", Mike said.
"This time, we’ve got the car, the driver and the team that’s going to
put us up there on the podium”.
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is the motor show before or after the GP meet
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so wouldnt we see it at the GP first?
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That means that all 3 cars won't share the same livery
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where's the pics???
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the car is launched on 28 Feb at the show. No pics thill then...
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That means that all 3 cars won't share the same livery
i think it will be similar but not identical like HRT or K-Mart. As CAT said, they are using a completely different livery design this year. I wouldnt be surprised if that means that the FPR cars will look the same bar for a few key sponsors.
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yeah whats with the different paint scheme

i mean this is supposed to be a factory team

yes, there will be money involved

but the same paint scheme across 3 cars would look so much more professional

i mean, this car wont just have small CAT logos over it it, it will be plastered with them

no company would make this announcement unless they were going to be a major backer
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i think the paint job will look the same, but just be in different colours, ie yellow and black for lowndes, Caltex colours for besnard etc. its just a guess though
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