FONTANA, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 -- South American Formula 3 standout Thiago Medeiros will drive for Genoa Racing in the 2003 IRL Infiniti Pro Series, team officials announced Feb. 4. Medeiros, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, earned seven wins and...
FONTANA, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 -- South American Formula 3 standout Thiago Medeiros will drive for Genoa Racing in the 2003 IRL Infiniti Pro Series, team officials announced Feb. 4.
Medeiros, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, earned seven wins and eight pole positions in four seasons of Formula 3 competition. He finished third in the series standings in 2001. He also was fourth in 2002, despite contesting only eight of nine events.
"I tested an Infiniti Pro Series car last year at Phoenix, and it was very exciting for me," said Medeiros, 21. "The car was very comfortable, and I liked it very much. I think the Infiniti Pro Series is a very nice category and a very good step to the IndyCar Series. I think this is the right way, so let's try it."
Team owner Angelo Ferro, who has fielded cars for drivers such as Jimmy Vasser and 1999 IndyCar Series champion Greg Ray, has hired IndyCar Series veteran Thomas Knapp as team manager.
"I think Thiago's a very good driver, and with Tom running the team, it's a great combination," Ferro said. "We should win some races. This is a very good series -- the place to be. I think we'll do a very good job, and it will be good for the future."
Ferro has been active in motorsports for nearly two decades and has competed in various series, including SCCA Can-Am, Formula 3000, Toyota Atlantic and Indy Lights.
"I've brought up a lot of drivers in the last 22 years," said Ferro, whose team is named after his hometown of Genoa, Italy. "I did the 1998 Indy 500 together with Tom, and we were on the front row with Greg Ray."
Knapp, whose extensive IndyCar Series experience includes stints as team manager and engineer for Team Menard, A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Kelley Racing, aims to build on the success he experienced while working with Ferro.
"I'm involved because my old friend Angelo called about a good project, an exciting driver and an exciting series," Knapp said. "We are going to take Genoa Racing to the front of the Infiniti Pro Series championship."
The second IRL Infiniti Pro Series season starts March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For ticket information for the season opener at Homestead, call (305) 230-RACE or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.