F1 Driver Tiago Monteiro has accepted an invitation from Felipe Massa and the organisers of the "Desafio Internacional das Estrelas" event in Brazil for the weekend of 16-17 December. Monteiro will be in action at the Kartódromo dos Ingleses, in Florianópolis (Santa Catarina).

Monteiro commented: "After my experience last month in Portugal driving the safety car in the Portuguese Casinos do Algarve Rallye, I could not resist another similar challenge during the off season, and have accepted Felipe Massa's invitation to join the international and Brazil stars who are going to compete in the second edition of the "Desafio Internacional das Estrelas."

"I love racing whether it's in an F1 car or not and I'm really looking forward to fighting it out on track with a field of 40 champions from all different kinds of racing disciplines whether Fórmula Indy, GP2 Series, Fórmula Nippon, Stock Car or GT."

"Apart from Felipe, I'll also be racing with fellow F1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Vitantonio Liuzzi and other great drivers including Jean Alesi, Ricardo Zonta, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Antonio Pizzonia, Enrique Bernoldi, Robert Robert Doornbos (Red Bull Racing), Enrique Bernoldi, Ricardo Maurizio, Nelsinho Piquet et Augusto Farfus Jr,."

"I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of a racing car. It's going to be a really exciting weekend ahead, driving to the limit and I'm determined to finish as high as possible in the classification."

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