Jaime Melo is negotiating proposals for 2009 season for the American Le Mans
Agreement between Brazilian and Ferrari, which their participation to the end of the current championship by team Risi, comes to an end in December
At the same time that starts in the race this Saturday (9), in Elkhart Lake, the final phase of the American Le Mans Series, Jaime Melo works with a view to the next season. The Brazilian of the Risi Competizione has maintained contacts with representatives of some of the other teams that in United States.
"I have nothing certain for the next season", says Jaime Melo, who in the past two years has captured two titles for Ferrari - one in the FIA World GT, another in American Le Mans Series. "Two years ago, I received a pretty good proposal for a factory to change category, at that time, I'd rather to go on with Ferrari and the goals that we had mapped together, I preferred staying", according to the Brazilian, whose contract with the Italian factory is valid until December 2008.
The Acura, Honda subsidiary that has been highlighted in P2 class of the American Le Mans, and in other GT2, are among the teams that have maintained contact with Jaime Melo to discuss a possible new package for the coming year. "The only concrete thing at the moment is that I do not know which car I'll drive in 2009, but things are forwarding is well defined", he believes.
Jaime Melo's career starts in 1996 in Brazilian Formula Ford. In the three years following did his job in the South American Formula 3, winning eight wins and two vice-South American championships. In 2000 and 2001, defended the teams Petrobras Jr. and Durango in the International Formula 3000. In this category, with three victories, he won the European Championship of 2002 by the Great Wall Racing Team.
The last season of action by Jaime Melo with the formula was 2003 when Renault took part in the Super V8 defending the European Victory by CRAM. He got five wins - including the race of Monaco, the most prestigious of the schedule - and, even before the season ends, signed a contract with the JMB Racing to drive on the FIA World GT in 2004. In the year to debut, won the stage in Downingtown Park, the GT1 class.
His performance gave him the invitation from Ferrari, to coordinate the actions of the runway in Corse Client & Pirelli, program created by the Italian factory to develop the models that meet their most diverse teams in the championships, world tourism car. Jaime Melo followed, in parallel, disputing the FIA World GT. He was champion of the GT2 class in 2006 and last year repeated the title in the United States, defending the Risi in the ALMS.