GIANMARCO RAIMONDO SET FOR 2011 F3 EURO SERIES CAMPAIGN

Fourth year open wheel driver to begin 2011 F3 Euro Series official testing this week in Spain

Gianmarco Raimondo begins his 2011 F3 Euro Series testing this week in Valencia, Spain (Photo: GianmarcoRaimondo.com)

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada – Gianmarco Raimondo, Canadian formula car racer, will open the 2011 F3 Euro Series campaign with two sessions of official series testing. After signing with Team Motopark Academy just a few short weeks ago, Raimondo is excited to be getting back in the seat. The talented 20-year-old will begin his fourth season of open wheel racing by heading to Spain on the weekend for testing in Valencia on March 14 & 15, then head to Barcelona on March 20 & 21. Having recently completed tests at both tracks has Raimondo really excited about the start of this new stage in his racing career. From his new home in Viareggio, Italy near the city of Pisa and about a three-hour drive north of Rome, Raimondo looks to break through in a grueling 2011 Formula 3 campaign.

“I’m fortunate to be testing the Euro series car at the same tracks I last tested the F3 Italia car because it will be easier to compare references and it will take less time to learn the new limits of the car,” commented Raimondo from Italy. “If it was a track I didn’t know, I would have to start completely from scratch and take everything a bit slower.”

With a new season and a new series comes a new team. Motopark Academy is one of the most successful racing teams in the world, especially when it comes to promoting young talented drivers. Launching a Formula 3 Euro Series team in 2009 was a logical consequence of meeting a new challenge in motorsports. A track record of eight international titles in the Formula Renault 2.0 since 2004 and 95 pole-positions and 97 victories in the Formula Renault 2.0 Series since 2001 show that Team Motopark Academy has what it takes to win.

“As this will be my first test with Motopark, I am very excited to see how the team is going to work together at the track,” continued Raimondo. “I already saw how professional they are in the shop, so I can imagine at the track it will be even more so.”

The 2011 F3 Euro Series is contested over nine weekends, with three races per weekend. The format includes two 40-minute races and one reverse grid race that is 20 minutes in length. Along with the regular F3 Euro Series schedule, Raimondo will run in the Masters of Formula 3 race, taking place in Zandvoort. All together Gmo will compete in 30 F3 Euro Series races in 2011. Plans are currently in the works to add the Macau Grand Prix round to the program should scheduling be put in place.

“The car is definitely going to have a different feel than Italian F3, however in theory all the differences should produce a better feeling,” smiles Gmo as he prepares to head to Spain. “The Euro Series car has a lower center of gravity, better tires, and more efficient aero dynamics. Therefore it should be a more cooperating car.”

With testing for the 2011 season now underway, Raimondo will use his end of season momentum, year-end testing and pre-season testing to hit the F3 Euro Series running. Race fans can check out all of Gmo’s 2010 and 2011 results by visiting gianmarcoraimondo.com.

About Gianmarco Raimondo:
Gianmarco Raimondo competed in the F3 Italia Series in 2010 where he complete four top ten finishes and was third in the Rookie Championship. Raimondo also completed two seasons as a Formula BMW Americas Junior Driver, winning the coveted Junior Scholarship in 2007 and taking the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Rookie Championship thus making him a double BMW scholarship winner. He also placed 3rd in the overall Championship both years in the BMW series. Gmo was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and is building a strong on track racing resume along with off track appearances and special event programs. For more information on Gianmarco Raimondo’s racing career and sponsorship opportunities please visit www.gianmarcoraimondo.com or call 905-650-5623

About F3 Euro Series:
The Formula 3 Euro Series is being considered as the world’s strongest junior racing category. Current Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg, Sebastian Vettel, Sébastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Lucas di Grassi, Timo Glock and Adrian Sutil all went through the selection process in the Formula 3 Euro Series. All of them used the professional environment to hone their racing skills for higher categories. More than two-dozen drivers from the ranks of Formula 3 Euro Series have made it into Formula 1 as test – or race drivers since the inception of the series in 2003.

2011 F3 EUROSERIES SCHEDULE
April 1-3: Circuit Paul Ricard, FRA
April 29 – May 1: Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, GER
May 13-15: Circuit Park Zandvoort, NED
June 3-5: Spielberg, AUS
July 1-3: Norisring, GER
August 5-7: Nürburgring, GER
Sep 9-11: Silverstone, UK
Sept 30-Oct 2: Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Circuit, ESP
Oct 21-23: Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, GER

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