Enrique Bernoldi to race in SPEED
Italian race outfit, Team JD (owned by Roberto Cavallari and Dedo Cappeletti will enter the Tatuus CN chassis in the SPEED EuroSeries race at Barcelona next weekend with former Brazilian F1, Indy and Superleague racer, Brazilian Enrique Bernoldi at the wheel.
The team’s association with Tatuus, with whom they worked prior to founding Team JD, has borne success having won the ‘96 Formula Renault European Championship with Enrique Bernoldi (in a Tatuus chassis) and will be rekindled in Spain.
JD Motorsport is currently involved in the Italian F3 Championship of which it is leading with driver Riccardo Agostini and also runs Tatuus chassis in Formula Abarth.
Bernoldi has a close relationship with the Tatuus brand. Having won karting series in Brazil, he relocated to Italyand in 1995 aged 16 he claimed fourth place in the Italian Formula Europa Boxer series. In 1996 he entered the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup series and went on to dominate the series, winning nine of 11 championship races and claiming the championship title.
Subsequently, performances in British F3and then F3000 saw him join the Red Bull Junior Team and get a first taste of Formula One when he drove a Sauber at Magny Cours for whom he became test driver.
In 2001 it was announced that he would become a full-time Formula One driver with Arrows and he made his Formula One debut at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. He went on to make 17 starts and finished in the top ten three times during his rookie season, with his best finish of eighth in Germany.In 2003 when the Arrows F1 team fell apart, he opted to change series and competed in the popular and competitive Formula Nissan World Series with RC Motorsport, GD Racing and won the final two races of the season to finish sixth in the championship. He also earned two poles and a total of five podium finishes. In 2004 he returned to Formula One joining the Lucky Strike BAR Honda team as a test driver where he stayed for two years whilst running in other international series. He would drive for Conquest Racing in the newly combined Indy Car series’ 2008 season where he shone at the first road-course event at St. Pete’s, and also finished in the top 5 of the final Champ Car sanctioned race atLong Beach.
For 2009, Bernoldi was the full time driver of Flamengo in the Superleague open wheel series and also he ran a partial schedule in Stock Car Brasil. He also competed in the FIA GT Championship for Sangari TeamBrazil. In 2010, he raced in the new FIA GT1 World Championship for Vitaphone Racing and in 2011, raced in the revised FIA GT1 World Championship, campaigning a Nissan GT-R for the Sumo Power GT team.
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