Valencia: Chevrolet newsletter 2009-06-02

MENU TO RACE THE THREE ENDURANCE EVENTS OF THE TC2000 The Swiss To Compete Again For Chevrolet-Elaion In Argentina ZURICH / BUENOS AIRES, 2nd June 2009 - Alain Menu will have a busier season in 2009: alongside taking part in the World Touring...

MENU TO RACE THE THREE ENDURANCE EVENTS OF THE TC2000

The Swiss To Compete Again For Chevrolet-Elaion In Argentina

ZURICH / BUENOS AIRES, 2nd June 2009 - Alain Menu will have a busier season in 2009: alongside taking part in the World Touring Car Championship with the Chevrolet Cruze, the Swiss driver will compete in three events of Argentina's reputed TC2000 Championship, at the wheel of one of the Vectras of Chevrolet Elaion team.

The TC2000, arguably the most prestigious touring car competition in South America, has always included in its calendar at least one event to be raced on an endurance format, requiring two drivers per car and refueling. This year, the number of the endurance races (300 km) has been brought to three. They will award points for the TC2000 but also constitute a championship, labeled "Copa Endurance", within the TC2000.

These three events will take place in Termas de Rio Hondo (14 June), Buenos Aires (16 August) and Potrero de los Funes (29 November).

Alain Menu will pair with Guillermo Ortelli, while the other driver of the Chevrolet Elaion squad, Christian Ledesma, will partner with young Uruguayan Juan Ignacio Caceres.

Alain is not new to experiences in the TC2000, as he has already lent his support to Chevrolet's Argentinean team in five editions of the 200 km of Buenos Aires, winning in 2006 together with Matias Rossi and finishing on the podium on three other occasions.

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Alain Menu: "From my previous experiences, I can say I love Argentina and racing in such a competitive series as the TC2000, and I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this new programme with Chevrolet. This year, Chevrolet-Elaion is racing with a new car and a new technical team, so I am anxious to discover all that and some new tracks".

Eric Nève (Chevrolet WTCC): "Cooperation between the different teams racing around the world is a must at Chevrolet and I am glad that the calendars allow to have Alain racing in the three endurance events of the TC2000. I am sure that Alain's experience, talent and motivation will be of great support to the Chevrolet-Elaion's efforts in the TC2000".

Jorge Maiquez (Chevrolet-Elaion): "Alain, who knows well the 200 km of Buenos Aires, was a natural choice in our search for partner drivers for these three special events, and we are delighted having him with us again. Being able to secure an expert driver like Alain and a young talent such as Caceres will certainly give our package a tremendous boost".

-credit: chevy

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Series WTCC
Drivers Christian Ledesma , Alain Menu , Guillermo Ortelli , Matias Rossi