Driver, Rookie and Team championships Gelles Racing rakes in the honors Front Royal, October 25th . -- With the completion of the North American Formula Renault series, Gelles Racing turned out to be the winningest team in the 2004 ...
Driver, Rookie and Team championships
Gelles Racing rakes in the honors
Front Royal, October 25th . -- With the completion of the North American Formula Renault series, Gelles Racing turned out to be the winningest team in the 2004 championship. Argentinean Juan Martin Ponte has clinched the drivers' title with a 13-point lead over Marcos Gomes from Brazil and former Gelles 2003 driver, Canadian Antoine Bessette. Ponte completed the season with Gelles. Best rookie and best American in 2004 was Mid America Motorworks driver Michael Yager.
"We are very happy for our drivers and our team, declared team owner Bob Gelles. Our team worked hard from the first race in the Winter series and always gave our drivers excellent cars. Juan Martin Ponte joined us at the end of the season with the financial help of Revelos Group, Western Union and Care Centric, racing the final 25% of the calendar: he was very happy to win the Championship title under Gelles colors, we look forward to his return full time in 2005. Michael Yager reached both goals he had set for himself in April: becoming the series best Rookie and top American driver. Obviously the busiest team in the championship, Gelles dominated. "
Drivers of all walks
Gelles Racing welcomed no less than eleven drivers in 2004. Canadian Brandon Thomas was a regular feature in the TenFore car: the high moments in his season remains his stellar second place performance at the Molson Indy in Toronto. But Brandon was also one of the quickest drivers on wet tarmac.
Michael Yager had his best race at Watkins Glen with a fourth place. But he was always in the points and earned his Rookie title even before the last weekend in Alabama.
Brazilians Renato Jader David and Gustavo Sonderman put Gelles in the limelight and were strong podium contenders every time they took to the track. Gelles Racing scored the most "fastest lap of the race" of any team during the season.
Philippe Gelinas showed tremendous talent in the two rounds he competed with Gelles. He just missed the podium at rainy Watkins Glen and was best among all Quebec drivers in their home race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.
Occasional drivers were rookies Blake Yager and Colin Braun, Canadian GT champion Chris Souliotis who drove their maiden race in Formula Renault with Gelles. Privateer Adam Dodds in an ex-Gelles car raced in a few events.
Gelles Racing made a commitment many years ago to give its drivers the best crew and the best cars. In 2004, the team saw four drivers enter most of the eight rounds and only once did a car fail mechanically. No doubt, Gelles Racing will keep the same attitude and determination in 2005.
Gelles racing is already working on the 2005 season. Bob Gelles has secured tremendous corporate partnerships. The testing schedule is ready and will see the drivers take to the track every month until the calendar starts next year. The schedule is available on www.gellesracing.com . "We will have drivers returning next year, added Gelles, but some seats are still available in Pro Formula Mazda and Formula BMW, the series we will enter."