CHAMPCAR/CART: Noberto Fontana Gets Test From Della Penna Motorsports

Indianapolis, Ind. (Monday, February 28, 2000) - Team owner John Della Penna announced today that he will put fellow Argentine Noberto Fontana behind the wheel of his ...

Indianapolis, Ind. (Monday, February 28, 2000) - Team owner John Della Penna announced today that he will put fellow Argentine Noberto Fontana behind the wheel of his #10 Toyota/Reynard for a driver evaluation at Homestead's road course circuit on March 1-2.

"As many are aware, I am very interested in expanding Della Penna Motorsports to a two-car effort in the future. We have been fortunate enough to have opportunities to test a few drivers over the off-season, with Noberto Fontana being the most recent," Della Penna said. "I have followed Noberto's career for some time now and am excited to see what he can do in a Champ Car. This is just a test though with no immediate plans for a second seat."

Fontana, 25, began his racing career at an early age competing in karts. He has collected several championships throughout his career including the Argentinean National Karting Championship (1991), Swiss Formula Ford Champion (1993) and German Formula 3 Champion (1995) beating out Formula One's Ralf Schumacher for the honor. Fontana competed in the Japanese Formula Nippon series from 1996 to 1998 with a career-high showing of third place in the series' championship in 1997. Last season, he returned to the International Formula 3000 Championship with Fortec Motorsports.

Richie Hearn takes over testing duties March 3-4 on Homestead's oval in preparation for the season-opener Grand Prix of Miami presented by Toyota on March 26.

- DPM -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Richie Hearn