DRIVERS: ALLEN BERG

Name: Allen Berg
Nationality: Canada
Date of birth: August 1, 1961 - Calgary, Alberta

Berg began racing karts in his native Alberta in 1978 and at 19 moved into Canadian Formula Ford where he finished second to Scott Goodyear in 1981. He then moved up to Formula Atlantic in 1982, winning the rookie of the year prize. At the end of the year he headed to Australia to race in the Formula Pacific Tasman Championship, winning the Lady Wigram Trophy and the title. As a result he was offered a drive with Neil Trundle Racing in the British Formula 3 Championship in 1983.

In the middle of that famous season, Berg switched to Murray Taylor Racing, but could do little else but pick up the scraps of the battle between Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle. Allen won a race at Silverstone and ended fifth in the championship behind Senna, Brundle, Davy Jones and Calvin Fish. The following year he joined Eddie Jordan Racing and finished second time and time again to Johnny Dumfries, ending the year second in the series. It was not enough and in 1985 Berg disappeared to Canada to try to find money, racing in Mexico to keep the wolf from the door.

In 1986 his efforts paid off and he found backing from Swiss electrical business Landis & Gyr. This gave him the chance to buy a drive with Osella in F1 and he qualified for nine races despite the difficult car. It was not enough and Berg disappeared back to Canada.

He raced only occasionally between 1987 and 1989 doing some sportscar events, including a test with the Jaguar IMSA team and then did a little TransAm. In 1990 he joined Richard Lloyd Racing at Le Mans and after that raced sportscars in Japan before deciding to go back to Europe in 1991 with a private BMW with Tic-Tac sponsorship. Disenchanted with the results, Berg went home again and decided to race in Mexico, where Marlboro was offering big sponsorship in the local F2 championship. He was third in 1992 and won the title in 1993, while also racing in the local sportscar series as well. He would continue to race in Mexico, winning the Formula 3 title in 1997 and the Panamerican Indy Lights title in 2001. Eventually he decided to try his hand at team management and in 2002 ran a team in the Toyota Atlantic series in the US and Canada.

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