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French driver Max Lefevre, has joined Condor Motorsports and will compete for the team in the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.

The Condor Motorsports team tested with Max at Buttonwillow, California. Over the three days of testing Max logged around 650 miles. The team took the opportunity to expose Max to numerous changes to the car with the purpose of getting him familiar with the different set ups and more important to evaluate his feedback. He was able to relate the behavior of the car with precise detail and worked well with the team’s engineers.

It was pleasure to work with Max, said Team Owner Carlos Bobeda. I was not only impressed by his driving ability but also by his professional approach. Not to mention, the fact that during the many laps logged, he never put a wheel wrong.

Lefevre has achieved good results in the European lower formulas so there was no doubt in my mind that he would do well in the test. However, his performance in the more powerful Atlantic car was far superior to the expectations I placed on him.

He adapted very quickly to the racetrack and the Atlantic car and was turning competitive times from the onset. The whole team is excited to have Max in our driver’s line up for 2009. Lefevre is definitely someone to watch in 2009. It was great fun to experience the power and downforce of the Atlantic car, said Max Lefevre. The team chose Buttonwillow Raceway for my first tests. It was a good place to start since it presents many challenges while remaining safe. I also appreciated very much the team’s approach with a new driver.

All the members of Condor Motorsports succeeded in making me feel at home and this helped me build confidence and adapt to the car within the first day. Working on car set ups at Condor’s level of professionalism was a real treat. The know how, and the way I was looked after during the whole three days of the test confirmed that Carlos Bobeda was the perfect person for me to make my first steps in American racing. I am very excited with the opportunity to compete in this high level series and look forward to the start of the Atlantic season.