MONTREAL (October 19, 2003) - Pickering, Ontario native Christopher Guerrieri capped off the 2003 Canadian Formula Ford Championship season on Saturday night by claiming the top two prizes at the series annual awards banquet in Montreal. In a ...
MONTREAL (October 19, 2003) - Pickering, Ontario native Christopher Guerrieri capped off the 2003 Canadian Formula Ford Championship season on Saturday night by claiming the top two prizes at the series annual awards banquet in Montreal. In a ceremony that was held at the Delta Hotel Centreville, Guerrieri, 20, was crowned series Champion and was singled out for his outstanding performance overall and awarded the coveted Ford Driver of the Year title.
Guerrieri won the championship with 123 points, beating out second place Didier Schraenen and third place David Clubine who earned 94 and 92 points respectively. It was Guerrieri's second year in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship; in 2002 he was named the series Rookie-of-the-Year.
The college student made national headlines in 2003 not only for his outstanding performance on the racetrack, which saw him post seven top-five finishes, three race wins, two pole positions and two fastest race laps, but also for his distinctive sponsorship program which was headlined by title sponsor the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaelcologists of Canada (SOGC). Guerrieri, who is the national spokesperson for the SOGC's Contraception Awareness Program, also busied himself at race events, youth shows, football games and rock concerts by working with the SOGC to hand out some 20,000 condoms and promotional items as well as encourage young Canadians to visit the organization's public information site, www.sexualityandu.ca.
"This year would not have been possible were it not for the support of the SOGC and my sponsors Medbroadcast.com, The Katz Group, Trustex condoms , Brymark and Northstar Promotions," said Guerrieri. "To have such a group of companies, of people, supporting me through everything, it's really unbelievable."
"I also want to thank my parents. Many of you have seen the commercial on TV (Guerrieri is featured in a public service announcement for www.sexualityandu.ca). That was the work of the SOGC, but also with my dad's help. Both my mother and father have worked so hard for me. My team, Mauro, Katia, the entire team, they're just the best. I'm so happy to win this championship, I wouldn't be up here if it wasn't for them."
Guerrieri, whose unique sponsor platform thrust him into the media spotlight will continue to work with the SOGC and the www.sexualityandu.ca website through the off-season.
"We couldn't be more please with the way things have turned out," said Lisa Spencer, Coordinator of the Contraception Awareness Program for the SOGC. "Christopher has been an amazing driver and an amazing spokesperson for our program. He's been helping us get out there in the news and in turn I believe that we've been able to help him as well. We went into this program a little bit unsure of how this would all pan out, but it has been such a successful program for us all around. We're really looking forward to working with him again next year."
For more information on Christopher Guerrieri visit his website at www.chrisguerrieri.com.