Indianapolis, IN (14 June 04)--Antonio Ferrari's Eurointernational squad is preparing for a landmark race weekend, as round three of the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship will mark the squad's 200th race. The team has...
Indianapolis, IN (14 June 04)--Antonio Ferrari's Eurointernational squad is preparing for a landmark race weekend, as round three of the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship will mark the squad's 200th race. The team has experience in nearly every category of motorsport, from IndyCar and CART efforts to IMSA endurance road racing and Le Mans campaigns as well as F3, American LeMans Series, and the Indy Racing League.
The team is now focused exclusively on the Formula Renault categories, and has successfully established itself as a force on two continents, with dual campaigns in North America and Europe.
Eurointernational drivers Juan Martin Ponte of Argentina and Ricardo Imery of Venezuela race in North American Formula Renault 2000, while Giorgio Mondini and Stefano Proetto race in the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 category.
The split-continent effort has not detracted from the teams results, with both continents providing success for the squad. Ponte toke pole position and a dominating win at the debut race for North American Formula Renault at Phoenix International Raceway in April, and Mondini has scored two wins thus far in 2004, and currently is second in the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 championship, with the team leading in the team championship as well.
The racing keeps team owner Ferrari busy, and well traveled, as he estimates that he will be flying more than 400,000 miles this season alone!
Ferrari who ironically enough, got his first job after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering with the famed Ferrari team in his native Italy. Ferrari worked on their successful LeMans program with the Ferrari 512 before being asked to join the Formula One operation in their early wind tunnel testing. Ferrari moved to the United States in 1988, and formed Eurointernational in 1989 with a two-car effort in the CART Championship, highlighted by a 7th place finish in the Indianapolis 500 with Davy Jones at the wheel.
"I feel truly proud of the team, that we have been able to be successful over such a long period of time in so many different categories of the sport," said Ferrari. "I am very excited about the future as well, as we will start a karting team next season, and that will put us in a position to give a driver every step of the ladder-from karting to Formula Renault 2000 to the Formula Renault V6 in the States to the GP2 category in Europe-to make it to Formula One."
The North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship will race next at the famed Watkins Glen circuit in New York for round three of the season on the weekend of June 18-20 as part of the Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen weekend.
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available. The series staged a successful first-ever race weekend in April at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the North American Formula Renault 2000 season in advance of the 2005 championship.