Minardi sign 43-year old Israeli

2 February 2005

The Minardi Formula One team announced on Wednesday that the 43-year old Chanoch Nissany will be Minardi's official test driver in 2005. Nissany has tested with the Italian team twice before and will assist the team with test and development in the upcoming season. Nissany will not take part in Friday test sessions though.

Nissany testing for Minardi
Nissany started his racing career only in 2002, competing in the Hungarian Formula 2000 National Championship and Central European Zone Circuit Trophy. Results came quickly, however, and subsequently, he raced in selected rounds of the World Series Light by Nissan Championship and F3000 International Championship. In the last 12 months, he has also had four F1 tests - two with Jordan and two with Minardi.

"We're very pleased to be able to announce here in Israel that we have signed Chanoch as a test driver," says Minardi Cosworth Team Principal, Paul Stoddart. "In the course of the two recent test sessions in which he has participated, he has impressed us with his enthusiasm, his willingness to learn and his fitness."

"Although Chanoch has not competed in single-seater racing for that long, he nonetheless has experience of a wide range of machinery. As a result, we felt he could be of real assistance with the team's test programme this year. On a personal note, I derive considerable satisfaction from the fact that, once again, Minardi is able to contribute in a practical way to the very worthwhile goal of raising the awareness of Formula One in an area of the world where the sport has not previously had a significant profile. This can only be a good thing."

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