Brazil: Christian Fittipaldi season preview

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI: READY TO RACE IN STOCK CAR BRAZIL SÃO PAULO, 8th of April -- Christian Fittipaldi will come back to Brazil to race in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship this season. The first collective test will take place on 13th...

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI: READY TO RACE IN STOCK CAR BRAZIL

SÃO PAULO, 8th of April -- Christian Fittipaldi will come back to Brazil to race in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship this season. The first collective test will take place on 13th and 14th of April, at the Interlagos circuit, in São Paulo. The first race of the season will be also be held at the same circuit on the 1st of May.

Christian, who raced in the most important categories of the international motorsport, such as Formula 1, Champ Car and NASCAR, has signed a contract with the Terra Avallone Stock Car team. The 34 year old Brazilian will have as his teammate, Felipe Maluhy.

Fittipaldi took part in a Stock Car test at the end of last year and enjoyed the car and the experience. However, he states that this wasn't the most important factor that made him take his decision. The main factor was the professionalism of the Brazilian Stock Car nowadays.

The Stock Car that will be driven by Fittipaldi, is a Mitsubishi Lancer, with an V8 engine, 450 HP, 6.000 rpm and 5.700cc (5,7 liters). The Brazilian Stock Car is the most important motorsport category in Brazil and during 2004 season, had an average of 28,000 spectators at the circuits to watch the 12 rounds.

Christian Fittipaldi

Everyone who likes motorsport in Brazil, knows how much Stock Car has grown in the past few years. Nowadays we have a category where a professional driver can develop himself as well as make a career out of it - and young drivers, like my teammate and last years champion Giuliano Losacco, are building their careers in the Stock Car. Having all this in mind, it was a natural decision for me to be in the category.

I've been living abroad for many years, but I was born in Brazil and I have all my family there and I think it's important to have the opportunity to work in your own country, so I'm extremely happy. I have big expectations for this first year and I very much believe in the Avallone Team. I know that it won't be easy at the beginning, as I will have to learn a lot of things about the car, but I want to fight for good results in my first year and help my team.

Jose Avallone Neto -- Team Manager

The Fittipaldi name creates a high expectative. I think that Christian has a lot to add to our team and also to Brazilian Stock Car. He will need some time in order to adapt and to extract 100% of the car, but with his talent and his technical quality - I expect good results very soon.

Schedule -- STOCK CAR BRAZIL 2005
1st May São Paulo
15th May Curitiba
19th June Rio de Janeiro
3rd July São Paulo
24th July Curitiba
28th August Londrina
18th Septmber Brasilia
2nd October Santa Cruz
16th October Tarumã
30th October Goiânia or Buenos Aires (Arg)
13th November Rio de Janeiro
27th November São Paulo

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