The entry from New Zealand for the A1 Grand Prix, the A1 Team New Zealand, was formed by Colin Giltran, a prominent businessman from Auckland, who is already known for his numerous car dealerships. The team is managed by Bob McMurray, who recently retired from McLaren Formula One racing team, with whom he had been associated for 30 years. The team car, named Black Beauty, received as a present at New Zealand House, London. The car had been painted a glossy black with a prominent silver fern on it, black is the traditional color of New Zealand sporting teams, though not for auto racing in New Zealand.
Also on the car is the county recognition code, as the competition is between different countries and not just individuals. Even though the code NZL is in white for now, the team hopes to have it in gold soon, as the defending champion country is allowed to have their code displayed in gold. Run by Super Nova Racing, David Sears’ organization, which also runs the A1 Team Germany car, A1 Team New Zealand’s major sponsor is Fisher and Pavkel, an appliance manufacturer. Fisher and Pavkel was formed by Woolf Fisher and Maurice Pavkel, in 1934, when it sold surplus refrigerators. Soon the company began manufacturing and in a few years became an exporter. In 1979, it became a public company, and since then has been restructured numerous times, excelling in its field with many innovative and diverse product lines, and today exports to over 80 countries.
The two nominated drivers of the team are Matt Halliday and Bonny Reid. Even though while testing Reid was fractionally faster than Halliday, the latter was selected to drive in the opening event due to his availability for the second round in Germany, mainly due to Bathurst 1000 commitments.
Scott Dixon, a seasoned racer, is also believed to drive at the end of the IRL season. Driving on tracks he has previously driven on, Dixon won the IRL road race, on the first day of A1 GP, at Watkins Glen. USA.
There were further reports that in the Australian round at Eastern Creek, the car maybe driver by Greg Murphy, a prominent New Zealand driver, who currently resides in Australia. Murphy has previous experience in single-seat racing, and has won numerous events in that category as well. Currently the team has an internal policy, probably involving Halliday and Reid at the moment, that a driver who attains a podium finish, will be allowed to retain his seat for the next round as well.