New Colorado Resident Marco Ferrera to compete in 2005 Denver Grand Prix Brazilian Native with impressive racing background to field a 2001 Corvette Z06 in the SCCA World Challenge GT race. Denver, Colorado (August 5, 2005) -- A Broomfield ...
New Colorado Resident Marco Ferrera to compete in 2005 Denver Grand Prix
Brazilian Native with impressive racing background to field a 2001 Corvette Z06 in the SCCA World Challenge GT race.
Denver, Colorado (August 5, 2005) -- A Broomfield resident for only six months, Marco Ferrera is taking on the biggest challenge of his promising racing career: the grueling street course of the Denver Grand Prix in the SCCA World Challenge Series GT class.
Ferrera's previous motorsports accomplishments include a national championship in the highly competitive Brazilian Formula Ford Series in 1992, and two Karting Titles. Ferrera started racing Karts in Brazil in 1985, competing in the same venues that produced racing legends like Ayrton Senna, Gil deFeran, Emerson Fittipaldi and Rubens Barrichello.
Ferrera, who was born in Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Brazil in 1966, immigrated to the United States in 1994. Prior to moving to Colorado this year, he lived in Seattle, Washington and in Los Angeles, California. A software engineer by trade, Ferrera's ultimate career goal is to drive race cars full time, in the American LeMans Series or in the SCCA World Challenge Series.
"The Denver Grand Prix is a great opportunity for me. It will be the biggest race of my life so far", states the World Challenge Series rookie. Ferrera will be racing a 2001 Touring Class Corvette in the SCCA World Challenge GT series.
"It will be an uphill battle," says Crew Chief Richard Cottrill, "we have been very strong against other touring cars, but we have 55 horsepower less than the regular GT cars, so we'll have to rely on Marco's driving talent", Cottrill jokes.
Cottrill is also brand new to Colorado. He moved here from England in February to bring his technical experience with SCCA CSR racers to the local and national club racing circuit.
Ferrera does not show much concern about the power gap: "racing this touring Corvette gives me a chance to race on a very challenging street course. This is my home town track. I am so excited to have my first World Challenge race right here in Colorado. Just being out here and getting seat time is a dream come true".
Driver and team are excited about their race prospects. While Cottrill is ready to do a rain dance to leverage his extensive rain racing experience from his years in England, Colorado native technician Steve Ott knows that this is highly unlikely. "It's August in Colorado! But these world challenge guys are so used to rubbing fenders, that with a street course we're likely to see quite a few wrecks. If Marco can keep his nose clean and stay out of trouble we're likely to bring home a respectable finish."
The team will also be supported by GM/Corvette Specialist Chris Rusk and is sponsored by a Colorado Auto-Buying Service conifercars.com.