Jaime Camara to drive for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2005
Miami, January 24, 2005 - Brazilian Jaime Camara, 24, a South American Formula 3 graduate, has secured a seat to race the 2005 Menards Infiniti Pro Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, the 2004 Championship winning team. Camara is backed by CELG, a power and energy company from his native state in Brazil.
To date, he is the only Brazilian signed for the series, having previously tested with the team last October at Kentucky Motorspeedway. "The opportunity to race with Sam (Schmidt) and the team this season is fantastic," said Camara. "For me, it will be a year of learning, from oval racing to my first experience living away from home in Brazil, but we have a good structure set up and I expect to get acclimated quickly in every sense. I look forward to working with the whole team, everybody wants to win and I already like the atmosphere there".
"We are very pleased to have Jaime joining our team this season," said team owner Sam Schmidt. "He showed great potential when we tested him a few months ago and was immediately on the pace last week in Homestead. We believe his substantial experience on road courses in cars with similar horsepower and tire packages, will greatly benefit the team as a whole. With the addition of Jaime, we are confident we have a driver line up that should be competing for the Championship from the beginning".
Camara joins previously announced drivers Travis Gregg, who raced three MIPS races last year with the team, and Chris Festa, coming from Toyota Atlantics. Jaime believes that diversity will be a huge benefit to the team. "Theoretically, with three drivers," said Camara, "we will have access to a lot of information at each track which should help us quite a bit. We also have engineers and crew members who have won the last two series championships. With the other drivers on the team, I expect a healthy competition."
Camara tested briefly on the road course at Homestead last week. "The car surprised me a little bit as it brakes well and the 450hp on the Infiniti motor really pull. I can't wait to drive it again!" He also completed 187 laps on the oval on Friday with a best lap of 28.45, fastest on the day.
For Ava Sports' Fernando Avallone, Jaime's manager, "All three drivers in the team have different backgrounds, but none less important, and their experiences complement each other. The engineers are simply best in class, and so is the crew. We are very, very happy to be joining such a talented group of people".
The Menards Infiniti Pro Series follows the Indy Racing League to America's premier oval and road course tracks. Powered by a Q45, 450 horsepower engine with a six speed sequential gearbox, the Dallara built chassis can average speeds in excess of 190 MPH on a 1.5-mile superspeedway. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series kicks off its 14 race season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 6, 2005.