Brazilian F3 champion to make debut

Brazilian Formula 3 Champion to Make World of Outlaws Sprint Series Debut (October 28, 2004) Former Formula 3 star, Brazilian Ricardo "Matchbox" Mauricio will make his World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series debut at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in...

Brazilian Formula 3 Champion to Make World of Outlaws Sprint Series Debut

(October 28, 2004) Former Formula 3 star, Brazilian Ricardo "Matchbox" Mauricio will make his World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series debut at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV during the Series' final season event on November 5th and 6th, 2004. Mauricio will drive a car owned by sprint car racer Doug Lippincott of Sparks, NV. Veteran World of Outlaws crew chief Davey Whitworth will help the road-racing star make the transition from pavement to dirt, with ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment also lending support to the team.

Mauricio hails from Brazil but hopes to race full-time in the United States. His decision to venture to the United States to join the World of Outlaws Sprint Series came after a conversation with former office teammates of retired Formula One star Nelson Piquet. The former teammates happened to include Bobby Hartslief, Boundless Motor Sports Racing, COO; Brazilian promoter Carlos Lua Mauro and Ted Quackenbush of TQ & Associates who represents IRL driver Vitor Meira and Japanese Formula 3 driver J.P. Oliveira.

"I wanted to focus my career in the U.S. and the best available entrance gate for someone that has Stock Car racing in mind, I believe, is sprint car racing," said Mauricio. "I am excited to try dirt oval racing and at the same time ready to learn the tricks of the trade with these fast and experienced drivers. I hope to squeeze in, use some of my road course past and find a place here for many, many years."

The nickname "Matchbox" originates from his diminutive stature, Mauricio stands only 5'3", and his reputation for having a "hot foot." The hard-charging style has worked well for the 25-year old native of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2003, he won the Spanish Formula 3 Championship, claiming six wins and four pole positions in his Racing Engineering Toyota-Dallara. Mauricio also won the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship in 1996.

Mauricio is currently racing with the Brazilian V8 Stock Car Series and serves as an Instructor at the Roberto Marazii Driving School at the legendary Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo as well as the Porsche Advanced Driving School, in São Paulo.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Vitor Meira
Teams Racing Engineering