Rocketsports' Enrique Bernoli Racing History

Rocketsports' Enrique Bernoli Racing History

29.01.2008: Rocketsports' Enrique Bernoli Racing History


Will make his Champ Car World Series debut driving the #8 entry for Rocketsports Racing.


Joined team Biosintética in the StockCar Brasil series.Competed behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Bora in 11 events earning two podium finishes.


Participated in the Argentinian TC2000 piloting a Honda Civic. Tested with Rocketsports Racing in a Champ Car.


Continued his duties as a test driver for the Lucky Strike BAR Honda team.


Returned to Formula One joining the Lucky Strike BAR Honda team as a test driver. Continued competing with GD Racing in the Formula Nissan World Series. Finished third in the championship with two wins, two poles, seven podiums, and three fastest laps.


When the Arrows F1 team fell apart, he opted to change series. Competed in the popular and competitive Formula Nissan World Series with RC Motorsport, GD Racing. 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.


Continued to drive for Orange Arrows Team in Formula One. Made 11 starts, best qualifying position was 12 in Austria. Best finish was 10th in Europe.


After a test with the Orange Arrows Team, it was announced that he would become a full-time Formula One driver. Made his Formula One debut at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. Made 17 starts. Finished in the top ten three times during his rookie season, with his best finish of eighth in Germany.


Continued in the F3000 series with the Red Bull Junior Team. Earned one pole and took the lead in two races. During winter testing for the 2001 F3000 season, he was regularly on the top of the time sheets and was favored to win the Championship in 2001. Continued duties as a test driver for the Sauber Formula One team.


Stepped up to the F3000 series with the Red Bull Junior Team. Got his first taste of Formula One when he drove a Sauber at Magny Cours. He was then named as a test driver for the Sauber team.


Competed for the second year with the Promatecme team in the British Formula 3 Championship. Earned six victories, four poles, seven podiums, and four fastest laps in 15 races. Ended the year as the runner-up in the Championship. Runner-up at the Marlboro Masters Formula 3 race. Third place in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.


Signed to race for the Promatecme team in the British Formula 3 Championship. Finished fifth, earning one race win and six podiums in 14 races. Earned a third-place finish in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.


Entered the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup series. Went on to dominate the series, winning nine of 11 championship races. Claimed the championship title.


At the age of 16, claimed fourth place in the Italian Formula Europa Boxer series.


Third place finish in the South American Kart Championship. Fourth place in the Pan-American Kart Championship.


Third place in the Paulista Kart Championship, Brazil.


Winner of the Brazilian Kart Championship.


Winner of the Brazilian Kart Championship. Winner of the Paulista Kart Championship, Brazil.


Winner of the Paulista Kart Championship, Brazil.


Eighth place finish in the Paulista Kart Championship, Brazil.


Growing up watching the performances of Brazilian World Champions, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet, he was bitten by the racing bug at an early age. His racing career began when he was nine in a local karting championship in Brazil. He won the championship in Curitiba, Brazil.


Based in East Lansing, Michigan, Rocketsports Racing was formed in 1985 and has grown into one of the most diverse and accomplished companies of its kind in North America. The Rocketsports name has long been associated with multiple victories in Trans-Am, IMSA, GTO and GTS Competition, for team owner and five-time Trans-Am Series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi. Rocketsports has also established a significant presence in the open-wheel scene with an effort in the Champ Car World Series. In addition to their success on track, Rocketsports has become a leader in race engine and chassis design and construction.

Rocketsports will contest its sixth season of Champ Car competition during the 2008 season. The team has earned two poles, one victory (Alex Tagliani, 2004 at Road America), and seven podium finishes in its Champ Car career history. Brazilian Enrique Bernoldi, a former Formula One driver, pilots the #8 Rocketsports Cosworth/Panoz/Bridgestone and will battle for the 2008 Vanderbilt Cup, which is the ultimate prize for a Champ Car driver and team. The 750-horsepower open-wheel cars compete on temporary street circuits and permanent road courses internationally in seven countries in many of the world’s largest markets.

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- Heather Haupt- photo Fernanda Freixosa & Rocketsports


29.01.2008 / MaP

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