Fernando Scattolin gets back behind the wheel in California MONTREAL, May 4, 2006 -- Quebec driver Fernando Scattolin will climb again into Blackforest Motorsport's ...
Fernando Scattolin gets back behind the wheel in California
MONTREAL, May 4, 2006 -- Quebec driver Fernando Scattolin will climb again into Blackforest Motorsport's #3 Ford Mustand FR500 this weekend. The Grand-Am Cup Series will hold its third race of the season on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon.
"I can hardly wait to take to the track again, confides the young mechanical engineer. Three months between starts is a pretty long break, and on top of that I had to miss the second race of the season because something came up at the last minute. It's disappointing, but at least, that time didn't go to waste. I have spent a lot of time in the gym building up my endurance. I was pretty good to start with; now, there's no doubt."
Fernando will share the task of driving the number 3 car with experienced driver Scott Turner once again. "I'm really learning a lot with Scott, says Fernando. It's my first season in Grand-Am Cup, and I'm happy that I had a chance to show I belonged in Daytona before being forced into the pits. The team provided me with a car that allowed me to really push the limit. Laguna Seca is my favourite track. I know the course pretty well, and my dad Ivano drove there, so he gave me a lot of good pointers. This might sound funny, but I put several hours in driving the course in video games, and it gives some good references. I will be able to marry my dad's experience with my virtual knowledge of the track. I'm eager to confront those to "real" life. I think the fact I'll go down the corkscrew in real life excites me the most. We could be looking at a podium finish this weekend."
Blackforest Motorsport Crew Chief Brian Nott shares Fernando's enthusiasm. "Fernando showed promise in Daytona, says Nott. It's too bad another driver caught our car in his mishap before we could really see what Fernando was made of. Scott (Turner) and him work well together, so it looks good for Saturday."
Fernando had a disappointing weekend in Daytona last January when he got caught in an incident less than ten laps into the race. He was then battling for seventh place of a fifty-car field before being forced into the pits for lengthy repairs. The number 3 car finally made it home in fortieth place.
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 Motorsport 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.