Red Bull Cheever Racing to test F3000 driver Ricardo Mauricio.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 25, 2002) - Red Bull Cheever Racing will test 23-year-old Brazilian Ricardo Mauricio at Kentucky Speedway Sept. 26. Mauricio has driven in the FIA International Formula 3000 series for the Red Bull Junior Team since 1999.
"It is fitting that on the same day that Red Bull will announce the candidates for its U.S. Formula One driver search, we will be in Kentucky testing a young Brazilian driver that Red Bull introduced to us," said team owner and driver Eddie Cheever Jr. "Red Bull is dedicated to developing young drivers around the world, and we are pleased to be a part of this effort."
Mauricio, of Sao Paulo, will get his first oval track driving experience in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti-powered Dallara. Buddy Rice will also drive at the test, focusing on development work for the 2003 Indy Racing League Championship.
Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, this Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.