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Menezes Ready for Formula Renault Debut in Spa

4/30/2011

16-year old to make European formula car debut at the famous Belgium circuit

SPA, BELGIUM - Sixteen-year-old American driver Gustavo Menezes, from Santa Monica, California, will debut in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series this weekend at the famed Spa-Franchorchamps Belgium race circuit.

Menezes will drive six European race events in the 2011 season with the Interwetten Race team, which is based in Vienna, Austri - three in the Eurocup series and three in the ALPS Cup series. The Interwetten Racing team is a top-rated team in both series and finished second in the Eurocup championship in 2010. During last week's Interwetten race test with its other three drivers, Menezes was the fastest.

"It's going to be fun to race against friends I've already competed against during my European karting career, but now in Formula Renault’s very competitive Eurocup and ALPS Cup racing series," Menezes said. "Racing with such an established team as Interwetten at legendary circuits Spa, Silverstone, Red Bull Ring in Austria, Hungaroring and Imola this season will give me valuable experience to develop my racing skills, which is the goal. I am committed in racing Star Mazda's 2011 season and this additional seat-time should be a big asset. I hope it makes me more competitive."

Menezes' valued Star Mazda corporate partners, TrueCar, K1 Racing, camas10, Oakley and SafetyPark represent his supporters on his Interwetten Eurocup series car. Additional information on Gustavo Menezes can be obtained from his personal website - www.gustavomenezes.com - or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/gustavom28

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About Gustavo Menezes:

At just 16 years-of-age, Santa Monica, California’s Gustavo Menezes is considered one of the most promising young race driver in America. Gustavo began racing in karts at the age of six, earning multiple championships, both at the regional and national level. In 2009 and 2010, Menezes contested an international schedule that included the WSK International Series and various major events in Europe and the United States, running for Italian karting manufacturer Tony Kart in the KF3 and KF2 categories. For 2011, Menezes will move up the motorsports ladder and campaign his rookie season in the Star Mazda Championship with Juncos Racing. Gustavo’s ultimate goal is to one day become a driver in the IndyCar Series and win the Indianapolis 500.

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