Bob Gelles completed his team yesterday by confirming the presence of Marc-Antoine Camirand for the FR2000 Winter Invitational series that will begin next week in Sebring, Florida. The 24 year-old Quebec driver ran a partial...
Bob Gelles completed his team yesterday by confirming the presence of Marc-Antoine Camirand for the FR2000 Winter Invitational series that will begin next week in Sebring, Florida. The 24 year-old Quebec driver ran a partial program with Gelles in 2003, earning a victory in Watkins Glen. Marc-Antoine is considered one of the greatest talent that emerged around the turn of the Millennium in North-America and he is looking forward to this Winter series with high hopes.
"I am thankful to my sponsor Norampac (the leader in the conversion of containerboard in North-America), said Camirand, for giving me the opportunity to compete this winter. It was natural for me to return with GELLES since our relationship was excellent last year. My goal is obviously to win the series and then continue with the 2004 FR2000 12-race schedule."
"We are very happy to have Marc-Antoine back, continued team owner Bob Gelles. Marc-Antoine is a driver with tremendous talent and experience and definitively a championship contender. With Gustavo Sondermann from Brazil, we have the only two drivers who won a round last year returning in 2004. Together with rookie Michael Yager, we think GELLES will stage the strongest team in the Winter series."
Although he is just 24, Marc-Antoine has a long race curriculum. He started karting at the age of 12 and won many championships in Karting and Formula Ford. He was twice vice-champion in Formula 2000 and raced Formula Atlantic and American Le Mans in recent years. He was also awarded the Gilles-Villeneuve trophy for best driver in Quebec, a region where talent has bloomed over the years with names like Villeneuve, Carpentier, Tagliani and many more.
Last year, Marc-Antoine's program was limited to 7 races, out of which he managed a wire to wire victory in Watkins Glen in only his second weekend, a second place at the Toronto Indy, five Top Ten finishes and only one DNF in Vancouver when he was trapped in an accident. He also earned to pole positions (Watkins Glen and Toronto). He finished in 8th place in the 2003 championship while missing half the events.
Marc-Antoine will drive car # 2. Test day is scheduled for Thursday January 22nd while practice, qualifying and first race will take place on January 23rd.