Christopher Guerrieri fastest in Canadian Formula Ford. Toronto, Sunday November 24, 2002 - Eighteen-year old race car driver Christopher Guerrieri from Pickering, Ontario was awarded the prestigious "Cardinal Sportz Quartz Speed" trophy...
Christopher Guerrieri fastest in Canadian Formula Ford.
Toronto, Sunday November 24, 2002 - Eighteen-year old race car driver Christopher Guerrieri from Pickering, Ontario was awarded the prestigious "Cardinal Sportz Quartz Speed" trophy yesterday night at the annual year-end banquet of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship in Montreal.
Guerrieri, the rookie driver of the #11 NGCL Cherry Beach Sound / LM La Scuderia Vector stunned the Canadian motor sport community with his speed behind the wheel. Despite his lack of knowledge of most tracks he raced on in 2002, Guerrieri set the greatest number of fastest race laps over the course of the season to deserve the "Cardinal Sportz Quartz Speed" award. He emerged fastest in four out of the eighth races in 2002, setting the fastest lap in Round 1 held in Mosport International Raceway, Round 2 staged at the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Round 4 held at the famed Toronto Molson Indy and finally in Round 7 in Mosport again. "In fact, I really wanted to win this award," said Guerrieri after the banquet. "I am very, very pleased. It clearly shows that over the course of the weekend of the race, we did our job the best we could and we managed to make the car run quicker."
The young driver continued by saying "I was a rookie this season while most other front runners were much more experienced. I was still experimenting in areas such as braking zones and car balance. However, setting the most fastest laps undoubtedly proves that I give constructive comments to my engineer to make the car run faster and that I am very quick during the races, when it counts the most."
Guerrieri climbed three times on the podium this season and made the headline news when he scored a brilliant victory in Round 2 at the notorious Canadian F1 Grand Prix. In that race held in wet, slippery and treacherous conditions, Guerrieri - competing in front of several thousands of spectators and the Formula 1 Team Managers - became the only driver to beat Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
Yesterday was an eventful evening for Guerrieri who also accepted the "Ford Rookie of the Year" trophy awarded to the highest ranked rookie this season in Canadian Formula Ford racing.
At this moment, Christopher Guerrieri is finalizing his 2003 motor sport program. "We're not ready to make announcements yet as we're busy concluding a few details. However, I know I will be racing in a highly competitive series in 2003 and we'll soon make an announcement in the regards to the series, car, sponsors and marketing plans."