Oswaldo Negri Granja Viana qualifying notes

Negri nabs third on the grid for Granja Viana 500 (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 2 December 2006--Oswaldo Negri will start the Granja Viana 500 karting event from third on the grid after posting a 57:081-second lap at the Kartodromo Da Granja Viana near...

Negri nabs third on the grid for Granja Viana 500

(Sao Paolo, Brazil) 2 December 2006--Oswaldo Negri will start the Granja Viana 500 karting event from third on the grid after posting a 57:081-second lap at the Kartodromo Da Granja Viana near Sao Paolo, Brazil. Ferrari Formula 1 pilot Felipe Massa secured the pole position with a 56:784-second lap on the 1.2-kilometer track. Negri will share the driving duties with Pedro and Paulo Gomes.

The "Super Qualifying" session featured a one-lap format for the large and enthusiastic crowd, as some of the biggest names in the sport have convened to compete in the twelve-hour event. The Granja Viana event first ran in 1997 with Felipe Massa, Tony Kanaan, Rubins Barrichello, and Dan Wheldon among the list of winning drivers.

Negri has made several starts in the Granja Viana 500, with a career best-finish of second place in 2004 when he partnered with countrymen Vitor Meira, Gil De Ferran and Helio Castroneves. Negri will partner with Castroneves in two months' time for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona in the Michael Shank Racing Lexus-Riley.

"I must say that I am having a blast!" said Negri. "The qualifying was so intense and such a thrill because we each had the track to ourselves, and the crowd was really pumping everybody up. This is just a fantastic event and it gets better every year."

-credit: sgm

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Series Kart
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Felipe Massa , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank , Paulo Gomes , Vitor Meira
Teams Michael Shank Racing