Christopher Guerrieri named "Rookie of the Year" in Canadian Formula Ford.
Toronto, October 16, 2002 - Christopher Guerrieri, the 18-year old sensation who competed in this year's Canadian professional Formula Ford Championship secured the distinguished "Ford Rookie of the Year" honours. Guerrieri, a Pickering, Ontario resident competed in all eight rounds of this year's series, winning the race held at the famed Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix and climbing on the podium on two other occasions. The young driver of the #11 NGCL Cherry Beach Sound / LM La Scuderia Vector made the news when he became the first and only driver to beat Louis-Philippe Dumoulin this season, dominating the Canadian Grand Prix round held in wet, slippery and treacherous conditions.
>From Round 1 in Mosport International Raceway, Guerrieri and 18-year old Ashley Taws engaged in a furious battle for the "Ford Rookie of the Year" award. "I knew Ashley from my karting days and I knew she would be very quick in a Formula Ford car," said Christopher. "I was really happy to race against her this year because she was a good gauge for myself."
Guerrieri was delighted to start off the season on a strong note, taking second place in the season's opener in Mosport and then claiming a brilliant victory in Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix in front of thousands of spectators and the Formula 1 team owners. "These good finishes early in the season were really beneficial," the young driver declared. "I enjoyed a very good relationship with Mauro (Lanaro, the LM La Scuderia team owner) and Andre, my engineer. Mauro really wanted me to clinch the Rookie of the Year title this season. That was our goal and we worked very hard to secure it."
Christopher Guerrieri will accept the "Ford Rookie of the Year" trophy in November at the annual Canadian Formula Ford banquet to be held in Montreal. Other past series' Rookies of the Year include the late Greg Moore (1991) and Formula Atlantic competitor Jonathan Macri (1999).