Memorial Details for Kenny Ferris and Vitor Pinto
Indianapolis, IN (Tuesday, January 4, 2005) -- HVM Inc. will hold a memorial service celebrating the lives of teammates Kenny Ferris and Vitor Pinto this Saturday, January 8th at 11:00 am at Champ Car (5350 West Lakeview Parkway South Drive). Champ Car minister Hunter Floyd will officiate.
Kenny Ferris, 42 of South Tidworth, England joined HVM before the 2003 Champ Car season. He was a mechanic on Roberto Moreno's 2003 entry and Ryan Hunter-Reay's #4 car throughout the 2004 season. Prior to joining HVM, Ferris was a member of Alex Zanardi's team at Mo Nunn Racing and he was chosen to participate on Zanardi's car during his comeback at Lausitzring in 2003. Kenny came to the United States after a successful career in Formula One where he was a member of Ayrton Senna's Lotus team, winning four Grand Prixs. After arriving in the United States, he worked for Jim Hall Racing, Walker Racing, Team Rahal, Reynard Racing Cars and Intersport ALMS. Kenny worked in the auto racing industry for 27 and is survived by his wife Mary and friends and family in his native Britain.
Vitor Pinto, 44 of Coimbra, Portugal joined HVM in 2002. He was a mechanic on Mario Dominguez's #55 Champ Car and a member of the over-the-wall crew where he changed the inside front tire throughout the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons. Vitor's U.S. motor-racing history includes Team Menards, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and Ralt America. Vitor won the Atlantic Championship in 1994 with David Empringham and Ralt America. He came to the United States from Europe where he worked in the World Rally Championship with the Fiat-Abath 131 and in the Portuguese F3 series. Vitor is survived by his mother and his brother Fernando who reside in Portugal and many friends around the world.
Both Kenny and Vitor were valued members of the HVM team and their professional ethics and talents, along with their inspiring personalities will stand as a benchmark as HVM continues its quest in the Champ Car World Series. They will be deeply missed by the team.
Saturday, January 8, 2005
Champ Car World Series
5350 West Lakeview Parkway South Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268