SCATTOLIN WILL BE BUSY IN TROIS-RIVIERES Two races on the schedule in Grand-Am Cup MONTREAL, August 1st, 2006 - Montreal driver Fernando Scattolin will add a ST (Street Tuner) class race to his schedule at the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix August...
SCATTOLIN WILL BE BUSY IN TROIS-RIVIERES
Two races on the schedule in Grand-Am Cup
MONTREAL, August 1st, 2006 - Montreal driver Fernando Scattolin will add a ST (Street Tuner) class race to his schedule at the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix August 4-6. On top of his regular engagement in GS (Grand Sport) class with Blackforest Motorsport, Scattolin will team up with local hero Jean-François Dumoulin driving a Mini Cooper S prepared by Nuzzo Motorsports in ST class.
Unlike usual where both class race on the circuit at the same time, the ST and GS races will be separate for lack of sufficient space on the grid. Fernando took advantage of that fact to squeeze in another race in front of his fans. "As soon as I learned about the split, I started working on getting a good seat in ST class, says the Montrealer. I won in Trois-Rivieres in the Hankook Championship, so I know I have a shot at winning with a good car. Not only did I find one such car with Nuzzo Motorsports, but I'll also team up with a driver who knows the circuit like the back of his hand, Jean-François Dumoulim."
Scattolin will also continue his efforts in GS class by joining Blackforest Motorsports again. This time, he'll share driving duties of one of their Ford Mustang FR500 with American driver Tom Nastasi. "We had back luck in Mid-Ohio, recounts Fernando. My team mate crashed the car early in the race, and it was too damaged for me to take my stint. This time, I'll be driving with Tom Nastasi, a regular of the team who knows those cars inside out. I'll benefit from his experience, and I believe we'll form a more competitive pair than last time."
Less than two weeks before the green flag, Fernando can already feel the butterflies about driving in front of family, friends and fans. "I've been thinking about Trois-Rivieres since the start of the season, he confides. I really look forward to it. The hospitality and the atmosphere in Trois-Rivieres can't be beat. My father will be on hand to help me, too. I'm confident I'll be able to perform to my true abilities. I'll have the right entourage, that's for sure."
The Grand-Am Cup series is the offspring of the late Motorola Cup, and is integrated into the NASCAR empire. It features modified tourism car equipped to race. Starting grids for the series generally have over 50 cars split in two classes: GS (Grand Sport) and ST (Street Tuner). The series counts 10 events, mostly contested in the United States. The sole Canadian stop of the series will be in Trois-Rivieres, on August 4, 5 and 6.