Andretti Green Racing to Return to Pro Series Grid With Camara in 2007 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb.8, 2007) Andretti Green Racing announced today it will return to the Indy Pro Series field in 2007 with a car driven by Indy Pro Series veteran Jaime...
Andretti Green Racing to Return to Pro Series Grid With Camara in 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb.8, 2007) Andretti Green Racing announced today it will return to the Indy Pro Series field in 2007 with a car driven by Indy Pro Series veteran Jaime Camara. The #11 oso*fresh Dallara/Firestone will be an Andretti Green Racing entry, and will be prepared and maintained by AFS Racing, owned by Gary Peterson.
Camara, who hails from Goiana, Goias, Brazil, ran the full Indy Pro Series slate in 2005 and 2006. He posted two wins, three poles and 11 top 10s on the way to a fifth-place finish in the series standings in 2005. He led the final two laps at The Milwaukee Mile in 2006 to earn the third Indy Pro Series victory of his career.
One of the founding teams of the Indy Pro Series, AFS Racing will begin its sixth season of competition in 2007. The team has entered two cars in nearly every Indy Pro Series race since its inception in 2002. AFS Racing has earned 38 top-10 finishes in 56 starts and collected its first two Indy Pro Series wins in 2006 at the Indianapolis road course and at Infineon. Team owner Gary Peterson served as the team's original driver. Both Arie Luyendyk Jr. and former series champion Thiago Medeiros have also made starts for AFS.
The 2007 season is Andretti Green's third year of competition in the Indy Pro Series. The team accumulated three wins and three poles with Marco Andretti in 2005 and its best finish in the points championship with Jonathan Klein in 2006 when Klein finished second.
By entering a car in Indy Pro Series competition, Andretti Green will earn up to five additional testing days for its IndyCar Series program with Camara gaining an opportunity to test the first half of each day.
Camara and the rest of the Indy Pro Series field will open the 2007 season on March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Miami 100.
"I'm looking forward to returning to the Indy Pro Series in 2007 with Andretti Green Racing and the new guys with AFS Racing. The 2006 season was disappointing in some respects but I thought we did a great job coming together and pulling out a win at Milwaukee. This will be my third year on some of the tracks and I feel like I will have a definite advantage over the field at certain stops on the schedule. AFS Racing scored two wins last season and hopefully we can add to that and contend for a championship."
Gary Peterson, Owner, AFS Racing:
"We're very excited to be aligned with Andretti Green Racing, the team with the most wins in Indy Racing League history, for our 2007 Indy Pro Series effort. We made great strides last season picking up four podium finishes and our first two Indy Pro Series victories at the Liberty Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Valley of the Moon 100 at the Infineon Raceway. We fully expect to be in victory lane again in 2007. From a driver standpoint, we have high hopes for Jaime Camara and think he will do a great job for us. With the combination of AGR, AFS Racing and Jaime, I believe we'll see the #11 oso*fresh car in the championship hunt all season."
Kim Green, Chief Executive Officer, Andretti Green Racing:
"We really feel like this is a great opportunity for Andretti Green Racing. Teaming with AFS Racing, who won two races in 2006, and a veteran driver like Jaime Camara puts us in contention from the very start of the season. I felt like Jaime did a good job driving the Indy Pro Series entry last season and continued to improve as he got seat time. From an IndyCar standpoint, I thought Jaime did a tremendous job when he was able to get in the car during our extra test dates. He was able to give us valuable setup information and was a real asset to our drivers and engineers. I'm looking for big things from our Indy Pro Series effort in 2007.