Fernando Scattolin takes on the Grand-Am Cup Championship Quebecer on track in Daytona this weekend MONTREAL, January 25, 2006 -- Repentigny driver Fernando Scattolin will take his first career green flag of the Grand-Am Cup Championship ...
Fernando Scattolin takes on the Grand-Am Cup Championship
Quebecer on track in Daytona this weekend
MONTREAL, January 25, 2006 -- Repentigny driver Fernando Scattolin will take his first career green flag of the Grand-Am Cup Championship this weekend on the legendary Daytona, USA, race course. Fernando will take the wheel of the Blackforest Motorsports no 3 Ford Mustand FR500 with experienced co-driver Scott Turner.
For Fernando, this first season in this major racing series comes after years of effort. "Of course, I'm really proud to step up to the Grand-Am Cup, comments the Ecole de Technologie Superieure mechanical engineering student. I literally eat and sleep racing. Joining the Blackforest team represents a great opportunity to develop my talents."
Before joining Blackforest Motorsport, Fernando took part in the Hankook Quebec Championship in 2005, and completed an engineering internship with Rocketsports, the racing team belonging to Paul Gentilozzi, who also co-owns the Champ Car series.
Blackforest Motorsports Crew Chief Brian Nott is also pleased by his new recruit. "Fernando's attitude, seriousness and passion about racing really make us look forward to this season, says Nott. Being teamed with an experienced driver like Scott (Turner) will also speed up his development, and he won't be the lone Quebecer on the team since Valerie Limoges will drive our other car."
Fernando spent the summer working on putting his Grand-Am Cup plan to execution, starting by securing the right partners. "In motorsport, it's not enough to have talent, but to fully develop it, you need money, adds Fernando. I really feel privileged to count on the support of Saputo, Fantino & Mondello, Europe's Best and Frank & Dino Aliments. Thanks to them, I'm assured of taking part to at least eight races this season, including the one staged during the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix this August."
The first leg of the Grand-Am Cup season will take place alongside the 24 Hours of Daytona race, featuring cars from the Rolex Grand-Am Championship. Being the most prestigious race of the Rolex Grand-Am calendar, Daytona attracts racing's biggest names, which gets Fernando's eyes twinkling on the verge of his flight to Florida. "The Rolex Grand-Am grid will again be very impressive this year, and I can't wait to walk through all that talent, beamed Scattolin. Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy will be there, as well as Formula One, NASCAR, Champ Car, IRL and 24 Hours of Mans drivers. After my race Friday, I'll certainly take advantage of the time off to spectate on the 24 Hours event."
The Grand-Am Cup series is the offspring of the late Motorola Cup, and is integrated into the NASCAR empire. It features modified tourism car equipped to race. Starting grids for the series generally have over 50 cars split in two classes: GS (Grand Sport) and ST (Street Tuner). Fernando Scattolin and Blackforest Motorsports will compete in the top GS class. The series counts 10 events, mostly contested in the United States. The sole Canadian stop of the series will be in Trois-Rivieres, on August 4, 5 and 6.