Gelles Racing announces complete line up for 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship Team Owner Bob Gelles announced recently that he has completed his three-car line-up for the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 series. ...
Gelles Racing announces complete line up for 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship
Team Owner Bob Gelles announced recently that he has completed his three-car line-up for the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 series. Three talented young men from Brazil, Canada, and the United States, will bear the colors of the Gelles team when the season gets underway at Phoenix International Raceway on the weekend of April 8-10. Gelles Racing will benefit from sponsorship from Corduroy Suape Textil, Mid-America Motorworks, TenFore and USA Today.
Brazilian star driver Gustavo Sondermann won one race in the Formula Renault Winter Invitational on his way to third in the championship standings, collecting $20,000 for his efforts, and will return to the Gelles Racing organization for the full North American Formula Renault 2000 season. The young racer was also the first driver to test the Formula Renault V6 in North America last month at Homestead Miami Speedway as part of the comprehensive prize package for the Winter Invitational.
Gelles Racing has also signed Brandon Thomas, who raced in the ultra-competitive British Formula Renault series last season with Paston Racing. Thomas, of London, Ontario, is counting on using what he learned there to mount a competitive effort this season in the North American Formula Renault 2000 season.
Michael Yager of Effingham, Illinois, will pilot the #3 Mid-America Motorsports entry. Yager is just 18 years old and will be contesting his rookie season in North American Formula Renault 2000 competition. Yager competed in the Winter Invitational and scored a top ten finish in just his third start, and Gelles believes that Yager will only continue to move up in the standings as the year develops.
"We are strong and we are ready," declared Gelles. "We have three skilled young pilots with different backgrounds equally eager to demonstrate what they are capable of on the best race tracks in United States and Canada. We believe this is the best team we have ever put together, but on the other hand the series has never been so competitive with drivers coming from all over the world now that it is recognized as a true Formula Renault championship. I think each of our drivers will be a contender in his own way."
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available.
The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the North American Formula Renault 2000 season.