Rodarte, Rojas Announce Barber Dodge Entry With Telmex Support (Mexico City, Mexico) February 28, 2002 - Mexican drivers Piero Rodarte and Guillermo "Memo" Rojas announced their entry in the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series with support from...
Rodarte, Rojas Announce Barber Dodge Entry With Telmex Support
(Mexico City, Mexico) February 28, 2002 - Mexican drivers Piero Rodarte and Guillermo "Memo" Rojas announced their entry in the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series with support from Mexican telecom giant Telmex. Additionally, Luis Javier Pelayo will contest the 2002 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER as a part of the Team Telmex effort to propel drivers up the Barber-CART ladder.
"We feel very satisfied with the organization of the Barber Dodge Pro Series and we are sure that we have made the right decision in choosing the series as the starting point for our Team Telmex drivers," said Andres Ortiz Lavin, Communications Coordinator for Team Telmex. "Our drivers (Rodarte and Rojas) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their caliber as drivers in this very competitive series. At Telmex we are accustomed to competing against the largest telecommunications companies. Our philosophy is to always take on the best and succeed, and we wish to pass on this desire to our drivers because they have grand future. We will strive together to reach our common goals, to be the best."
Rojas, 22, returns to Barber Dodge after limited runs in 1998 and '99. In 2000-01 Rojas contested the USF2000 series where he garnered a pole and nine Top-5 finishes. In '97 he was a runner-up in the Skip Barber Race Series.
Rodarte, 18, also comes to Barber Dodge with USF2000 experience that includes a win in '01. In both 1997 and '98, Rodarte claimed Mexican karting titles and then backed those up the following year with a Formula Reynard title in '99.
"The Team Telmex program has risen to the forefront of corporate support for driver development, and in doing so they are really protecting their current and long-term investments at the top levels of the sport. In Piero, Memo and Luis, they are cultivating drivers who will be able to step up when Adrian Fernandez moves on, ensuring the continuity and longevity of their motorsports marketing platform," said Jeremy Dale, Managing Director of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. "We're honored that they have chosen the Barber Dodge Pro Series and the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship to achieve their goals."
The final driver in the mix is Pelayo, who began karting at age 7 and by 12 years old had won every karting title possible in Mexico. His transition to racecars has only been deterred by his age as not until recently was he eligible for a license. He comes to the National Championship series with limited experience in both Formula Ford and Mexican Formula 3.