Brian Stewart Racing Tests Canadian FF Drivers

Brian Stewart Racing Tests Young Canadian Formula Ford Drivers Each young driver was awarded two days of testing at the 1.4-mile road course courtesy of fellow Canadian Brian Stewart, owner of one of the most successful teams in PPG-Dayton...

Brian Stewart Racing Tests Young Canadian Formula Ford Drivers Each young driver was awarded two days of testing at the 1.4-mile road course courtesy of fellow Canadian Brian Stewart, owner of one of the most successful teams in PPG-Dayton Indy Lights competition. Since 1991, Stewart has annually afforded talented Canadians the opportunity to test his Indy Lights machines. Kerin and Povoledo were selected following the September 7 Mosport round of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship in which they placed first and second, respectively. Martel earned his test after being named the event's "Hard Charger". "I had a blast," recounted the native of Cobourg, Ontario. "There are very few individuals like Brian Stewart in the sport, and people should tip their hats to him for letting Canadian racers test a car under his guidance." said Kerin: "We were treated so well by the whole team. It was quite an experience." Povoledo, runner-up in the 1998 Canadian Formula Ford Championship, was equally grateful for the chance to drive the powerful Lola T97-20. "I want to thank Brian Stewart and the whole team for this tremendous opportunity," said the Toronto resident. "Coming from Formula Ford, the Indy Lights car is a quantum leap in everything: brakes, acceleration, weight, steering effort. I had a lot of fun." Martel, Povoledo's teammate at AIM Autosport, concurred: "I learned a lot, and it was a great experience. Lots of power!" Stewart, the 1972 Canadian Formula Ford Champion and a strong supporter of Canadian racing, remarked: "I'm glad to have given young Canadians the chance to drive a more powerful car. Hopefully, in the future, Canadian companies will come forward to help support these racers." Since 1989, drivers competing for Stewart have earned the 31 Indy Lights victories, 27 pole positions, and two series championships (1990 and 1991). Graduates of the Brian Stewart Racing "school" include FedEx Championship Series drivers Bryan Herta, PJ Jones, Gualter Salles, Cristiano da Matta, and Paul Tracy, who claimed the 1990 Indy Lights series title while driving for BSR. Current Indy Lights team owner Eric Bachelart won the 1991 title driving for Stewart.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Gualter Salles , Paul Tracy , Bryan Herta , Cristiano da Matta