Chris Guerrieri Montreal preview

Chris Guerrieri to race at Air Canada Grand Prix. Toronto, June 4, 2002 - Most current Formula 1 stars began their careers racing Formula Fords. Back in 1988, a young, unknown race car driver named Michael Schumacher contested the German Formula...

Chris Guerrieri to race at Air Canada Grand Prix.

Toronto, June 4, 2002 - Most current Formula 1 stars began their careers racing Formula Fords. Back in 1988, a young, unknown race car driver named Michael Schumacher contested the German Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Fourteen-years later Schumacher, a four-time Formula 1 World Champion is regarded by many as being the greatest race car driver of all times, even surpassing the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. Today, 18-year old Chris Guerrieri of Toronto - a Formula Ford racer himself - has every intention of following the foot steps of his heroes and to become a Formula 1 racer. Guerrieri has a unique chance of showing his outstanding driving skills in front of the Formula 1 teams this weekend as he will compete in Round 2 of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship at the Air Canada Grand Prix in Montreal.

"Racing in Montreal in front of the Formula 1 drivers, team managers and sponsors is a dream come true for me," says Guerrieri. "I think I've watched all the F1 races on TV since I was a kid. And to have drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya and the Schumachers just at arm's length while I'll be sitting in my own race car ready for action is extremely motivating."

Guerrieri, a rookie in the Canadian Formula Ford series finished second in the opening race held in Mosport on May 18. However, he intends to finish first on the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal. The driver of the NGCL Cherry Beach Sound-sponsored #11 silver Vector knows he has the right car to achieve his goal. "I've never driven on this race track before but I've carefully studied it. Plus, I had many discussions about this event with Mauro (Lanaro, the owner of team LM La Scuderia) and Andre (the engineer) and we know we can win over there. The Montreal track is very much like a street circuit because it is very slippery on the Friday as there is little rubber laid down on the tarmac. I've been racing on street circuits before in Europe and I really like the difficult, slow corners."

Guerrieri, will compete in the 15-lap feature Saturday afternoon. "It's a long race and anything can happen. My goal is to start from pole position and to disappear into the distance. That would be a perfect race." Just like most of Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 victories...

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