The GP2 series received a high number of extremely strong entry proposals at the end of our inaugural season, and from this initial list, the three most promising were chosen to go through to the final stage of competition for the 13th grid place.
Following much discussion and deliberation, the technical, engineering and financial package put forwards by Trident Racing was considered to be the strongest and most stable of the three finalists both in the short and long term.
The new team will take race numbers 26 and 27 when they first hit the track in 2006. With our 12 original teams all confirmed for the 2006 season, race numbering will be allocated by championship order from the final standings of 2005, as per the GP2 series sporting regulations.
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ART Grand Prix 1, 2
Arden International 3, 4
Super Nova International 5, 6
iSport International 7, 8
Racing Engineering 9, 10
Piquet Sports 11, 12
DAMS 14, 15
Coloni Motorsport 16, 17
BCN Competicion 18, 19
DPR 20, 21
Durango 22, 23
Campos Racing 24, 25
Trident Racing 26, 27
“Following the fantastic first season of the GP2 series, I am delighted to see our 2006 grid grow to 26 cars," Michel said. "Trident Racing's proposal which could not be overlooked, and I am very happy to welcome them to the GP2 family.
“With just one test session remaining this year, I am looking forward to seeing the new season kick off," he added. "With our 12 original teams confirmed for next year, and the strength of a new team to add to the competition, 2006 is sure to be another exciting year for the GP2 series.”
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