Four Gelles cars will race this weekend Brazilian Renato Jader Joins Gelles in Watkins Glen Front Royal, Virginia. -- Brazilian driver Renato Jader will join Gelles Racing for the third round of the North American Formula Renault series this...
Four Gelles cars will race this weekend
Brazilian Renato Jader Joins Gelles in Watkins Glen
Front Royal, Virginia. -- Brazilian driver Renato Jader will join Gelles Racing for the third round of the North American Formula Renault series this coming weekend at Watkins Glen, the famous New-York Finger Lake Region race facility. Jader will also complete the 2004 championship with team Gelles, a team he wanted to race with since late last year. Jader, who now sits theoretically in second place in the standings says he will now have the opportunity to race for the title.
"I am pleased to be racing with Gelles Racing. I wanted to be on this team since before the Winter Championship, but all the Gelles seats were filled. Lucky for me that I can race with the team I first wanted and continue to win the Championship. A driver must capitalize on the opportunities that are available, that is what makes a successful race car driver." says Renato from his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A proven record
Renato has been racing for more than a decade. He started karting very young and won no less than 9 championships between 1994 and 2000 in the Paulista and Formula A series in Brazil. He was the Brazilian karting vice-champion in 1998. Since then he has raced Formula Renault, earning two pole positions, three wins and a few more podiums just last year. In his first NAFR outing in Phoenix, Renato was fifth while he stepped on the podium in Mont-Tremblant last May. He is only 17 points away from leading the 2004 standings. "I know I have to learn each race track while other competitors are racing them for a second year, follows Renato, but we will be able to test on several occasions and I know my team has a lot of data from the previous races."
Michael Yager improving quickly
Michael Yager was very happy after his last testing day at BeaveRun ten days ago. "I was quicker that second time around, says Yager. Working with the engineers and with Bob Gelles gave me a chance to get more out of my car and to improve my technique around the track. I will be much more confident when I get to the Glen: I know this is a very demanding race track and I want to tackle every curve with this new attitude. I still think I can become the best American and the best Rookie in the series. "
Gelinas and Roy will race at the Glen
Philippe Gelinas and Stephan C. Roy will also join Gelles in time for the Watkins Glen race. Both are from the Trois-Rivières area and will race with the Virginia-based team in late July at the 35th annual Grand-Prix. In order to get ready for the street race, Gelinas was present at BeaveRun for testing last week and will steer the #5 car at the New York race track. A seasoned driver in Formula Atlantic, Roy will also campaign the #6 car. "We have been talking with Stephan for a while and we are happy to announce he will become a regular for a good part of the season, said Bob Gelles. Stephan has a lot of experience and will be an immediate contender in the series. On the other hand, we were impressed with Philippe (Gelinas), with the maturity he shows for a 19-year old and for his capacity to get to speed with a Renault car. Our team is happy to have four cars racing this weekend."