Scattolin heading to Utah
MONTREAL, August 31, 2006 - Quebec driver Fernando Scattolin is hitting the road to the United States for the last time this season to take part in the next Grand-Am Cup series race this Saturday. He will again take the wheel of a Blackforest Motorsport prepared car with Valerie Limoges as co-driver at the Miller Motorsport Park of Salt Like City, Utah.
After negotiating the tight urban course of Trois-Rivieres, Grand-Am series driver will enjoy a more forgiving natural road course setting. "Obviously, it will be less intimidating for everybody not to race between two walls, comments Scattolin. I don't really know Miller, but that won't be much of a disadvantage, since most drivers don't know it as well. It's a fairly new track and it will be fun to discover."
Fernando heads south with added confidence after leading for half the race in Trois-Rivieres. Furthermore, he's teamed with a driver he knows well, Valerie Limoges. "I had the opportunity to truly show my potential in Trois-Rivieres, explains Fernando, and it attracted me some attention. I'll be enjoying another good teammate this weekend in Valerie, and I'm really looking forward to take to the track and start working together. We'll be able to learn the track together and compare notes."
Blackforest Crew Chief Brian Nott is also looking forward to a good weekend. "Fernando and Valerie did well in Trois-Rivieres, says Nott, and I think they'll form a good team. Maybe being able to communicate in their own language will help them a little. We'll do everything we can to provide them with the tools to bring home a good result."
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). Fernando Scattolin and Blackforest Motorsport will compete in the top GS class. The series counts 10 events, mostly contested in the United States.