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Brazilian Racing News: Medeiros to Sudam F-3, Negri Tests for Genoa, Haberfeld Tests for Stewart

15 June 1998

Rumor has it that Brazilian Driver Thiago Medeiros, currently 3rd in
the Brazilian F-Chevrolet Championship, will move to Sudam F-3
next year.  

Medeiros said, "it is all still early to say, but I will not do another
F-Chevrolet season, as this is almost my second this year." 

Medeiros is 17 years old and the youngest driver ever to win
in F-Chevrolet.   He is supposedly  talking to some of the top
teams.  Medeiros started in karts, 6 years ago, and has never
won any important titles in karting. 

He moved up to F-Chevrolet and with the strong support of Transzero
(his father's company) he has gotten some good results, like a win in
Taruma in May.  It is still very early to say if he is a good driver,
but at the very least, he has a good sponsor.

Adriana Rodrigues - The Auto Channel

Brazilian driver Oswaldo Negri Jr., tested last week for Genoa Racing
in Buttonwillow.  "It has been nearly 1 year since I drove on this
track or drove this car," said the Brazilian who raced for Genoa last
year in Indy-Lights.

"It was good to see I am still on the pace, and that I am still very
motivated to race in USA again next year," said Negri.

Negri tested alongside official team driver, Cory Whiterill.  The
US-driver tested the whole morning, and when Negri finally had his
chance, the car broke after some laps.  Negri turned his seventh lap
at 61.91 secs.  Cory's fastest lap, was 62.68 secs.

Negri is still looking for sponsors for this year, to finish the ILP
season, where he leads after 1 win in Monterrey.

Marc Zimmermann -- The Auto Channel

Brazilian driver Mario Haberfeld will test the Stewart SF-2 car today
in France.  Haberfeld, currently runner-up of the British F-3
Championship for Paul Stewart Racing, will have his first taste of an
F-1 car.

Haberfeld said, "I am very happy with this chance. Jackie (Jackie
Stewart, triple F-1 champ and team owner) told me and Burti
(Luciano Burti, Haberfeld's F-3 teammate) that we could test the
car sometimes this year, when the tests are not so important to need
Rubens or Jan (Stewart's F-1 drivers) to do it." 

Haberfeld finished second in the ninth round of British F-3, and is
now only 18 points behind leader Enrique Bernoldi (another Brazilian).

Marc Zimmermann -- The Auto Channel
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