Jaime Camara takes over Conquest seat

Frank Perera is out and Jaime Camara is in at Eric Bachelart's Conquest Racing Team. Twenty-seven year old Camara will drive the team's No. 34 Dallara Honda under sponsorship from Sangari for the remainder of the season, starting this weekend at...

Frank Perera is out and Jaime Camara is in at Eric Bachelart's Conquest Racing Team.

Twenty-seven year old Camara will drive the team's No. 34 Dallara Honda under sponsorship from Sangari for the remainder of the season, starting this weekend at the Road Runner Turbo 300 in Kansas City.

The Brazilian brings important oval-racing experience to the team. He raced three seasons for AFS Andretti Green Racing's entry in the Firestone Indy Lights series, earning superlatives along the way.

He owns a victory over the legendary oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Freedom 100, and a record 42 consecutive starts in the Indy Lights series.

"This has always been my goal," Camara said, "to get to the IndyCar Series."

"It's been hard work since 2005 when I came to the United States to race. It's just a dream come true."

Team owner Bachelart said, "Jaime will be a great addition to our team. With his oval experience and Enrique Bernoldi's road and street course experience it will be a good combination."

"That being said, as much as we are happy to have Jaime join the team, we are saddened that it is at Franck's expense," Bachelart continued, citing financial difficulties of former sponsoring entity Opes Prime. "He has done exceptionally well, and we are keeping him as our reserve driver for the remainder of the year."

Camara will attempt to qualify and start the Sunday April 27th race on a track that he's not raced before. The Indy Lights series last visited Kansas Speedway's oval in 2004, shortly before Jaime arrived in the United States.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Jaime Camara , Franck Perera