The Slipstream-Chipotle team has been spotted rolling up to U.S. races in recent days with the new Saab 9-3 SportCombi, and now it has become clear why. The team announced Thursday that it has signed on Saab as its official U.S. team vehicle. The turbo-charged Saab 9-3, according to team manager Jonathan Vaughters, has "proven itself to be a very apt race support vehicle."
The Lancaster and Reading courses have already tested the Saab's readiness for racing after the peloton following wheel changes and feeds, and the American audience can expect to see the team in the cars for the rest of the year. In the future, Vaughters hopes to expand the relationship to the European peloton.
"We hope to be driving Saab's during the Tour de France in 2009," Vaughters said.