Brazilian Driver Fernando Rees Joins Brooks Associates Racing For 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship INDIANAPOLIS (February 2, 2005) -- Brooks Associates Racing today announced that talented, young Brazilian driver Fernando Rees will compete...
Brazilian Driver Fernando Rees Joins Brooks Associates Racing For 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship
INDIANAPOLIS (February 2, 2005) -- Brooks Associates Racing today announced that talented, young Brazilian driver Fernando Rees will compete in a full-season entry with the team for the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama.
Rees is a polished 19-year-old who excelled in karting in his home country. In 2002 he competed in the European Formula Renault Championship and in 2003 he ran in the South American Formula 3 series. Last year he served as a test driver for the French ASM team in the F3 Euro Series. Rees will continue his open-wheel development in 2005, joining the Brooks Associates Racing team for the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship contested on a mix of ovals, road courses and street circuits.
"I'm really pleased to have Fernando join the team this season," said John Brooks, team owner. "Fernando will be a real asset to our team. We had tested a number of drivers this off-season and he was quick right off the bat. We certainly expect good things from him in 2005."
During testing with the Brooks squad at California's Buttonwillow Raceway recently, Rees demonstrated the poise and speed necessary to excel at the Atlantic level. Brooks plans to continue to work with Rees in upcoming pre-season tests and the Sao Paulo native will make his debut when the 32nd season of the Toyota Atlantic Championship gets underway April 8-10 at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
"Having run in Europe and South America, I'm excited to come to the U.S. to race," said Rees. "We looked at a number of options and I believe Toyota Atlantic will give me the best opportunity to showcase my abilities and improve my skills."
Brooks Associates Racing is based in Tucson, Arizona and the team is owned by John Brooks, a former Atlantic driver himself who competed in the series from 1992-99. Brooks has fielded Atlantic entries for a variety of rookie drivers in recent years, including Ronnie Bremer, who led the series championship point standings at mid-season in 2004. Drivers Al Unser, Daniel Pappas, Marc Breuers and Stephan Roy have also run with Brooks Associates Racing.
"We've been fortunate to work with such incredible drivers," added Books. "We pride ourselves on producing a quality effort and a cost-effective rate in order give drivers a real chance to succeed in motorsports."
"The Brooks Associates Racing team has been a real asset to the Toyota Atlantic Championship and it's been a pleasure to watch as the team continues to grow and contend for the series title under the direction of John Brooks," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director for Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "We're very happy to welcome Fernando Rees to the Atlantic series this season and I'm sure both he and the Brooks team will provide plenty of excitement in 2005."
The BAR team expects to field at least one more full-season entry in the Toyota Atlantic Championship this season with announcements planned on future drivers in the coming weeks.