Giaffone Holds Tight To Rookie-Of-The-Year Lead FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 21, 2001) - The Indy Racing Northern Light Series annually produces a new line of talented young drivers in the open-wheel circuit, and the 2002 season has been no ...
Giaffone Holds Tight To Rookie-Of-The-Year Lead
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 21, 2001) - The Indy Racing Northern Light Series annually produces a new line of talented young drivers in the open-wheel circuit, and the 2002 season has been no exception. Brazilian born Felipe Giaffone is the latest rising star of the Indy Car series. Driving the #21 Hollywood car for Treadway-Hubbard Racing, the 26-year-old native of Sao Paulo has been a force to reckon with all season. With 295 points coming into the Chevy 500 on Oct. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, Giaffone has all but clinched the Rookie-of-the-Year honor. Along the way, he has garnered three top-five finishes and, 10 times he has finished among the top-10. "I am excited at the prospect of being rookie of the year, but I am more focused on winning my first race and my first IRL championship," says Giaffone Giaffone's first series championship will have to wait, now that Sam Hornish, Jr., has wrapped that up. But the Brazilian is methodical and willing to take some chances. He always has been. Thinking ahead is nothing new for this silent-type. Giaffone has been planning his career moves since he was 12. "My father was a big influence on my racing career. He was racing go carts and stock cars in Brazil, and I wanted to do what he was doing," says Giaffone, who has raced in several series before joining the Indy Cars this year. "My dream was to race in a top series, and now, I'm doing it. I have worked so hard to get here. In 1997, I had no sponsor and thought my career was over. Now, I know I want to stay in the IRL." It seems that in 2001, Giaffone, who finished second in the June Texas race, has proved to be good for everyone at Treadway-Hubbard Racing as well. "He's got the 'go for it' attitude," says team manager Skip Faul. "He also has natural talent. He only needs more patience."
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