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May 08, 2012
Tuesday
Antonio Pizzonia Joins Conquest Endurance for Laguna Seca
Press Release

Antonio Pizzonia
Antonio Pizzonia
Indianapolis, Indiana – May 8th, 2012 – Conquest Endurance announced today that ex-Formula One Brazilian driver, Antonio Pizzonia, will join the team as a third driver for this weekend’s American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Patron at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 31-year-old driver has extensive racing experience and has competed in some of the top racing series in the world including Formula One, IndyCar, GP2, Superleague, Formula 3000, British Formula 3, British Formula Renault, among others. Most recently he has participated in the popular Brazilian Stock Car Series. While he is not behind the wheel of a racecar, the Brazilian driver is also an amateur triathlete and Ironman. This weekend’s six hour ALMS event will mark the first time that he competes in an endurance event.

Pizzonia, a resident of the city of Manaus in Brazil, will join teammates Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson in the #37 Conquest Endurance/Morgan/Nissan LMP2 car at the six-hour event in the picturesque Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track. The team is coming off an impressive performance at the Long Beach Grand Prix where they scored a runner-up finish in class after leading the most laps and setting the fastest race lap. The Conquest trio will look to continue the strong momentum this weekend as they attempt to celebrate at the top step on the podium Saturday night.

For more information please visit www.conquestracing.com and www.americanlemans.com. For the latest photos, videos and news, and up to the minute updates please follow Conquest Endurance at twitter.com/conquestracing and www.facebook.com/conquestracing.

Antonio Pizzonia
Driver
#37 Conquest Endurance / Morgan / Nissan

“I’m really looking forward to working with Conquest Endurance this weekend. It will be my first experience with this car and also with this type of racing but I have experience in many categories, which will be helpful in this situation. And I know that I will certainly have help from my teammates to get used to everything over the weekend so that we can have a strong race.”

Eric Bachelart
Team Owner
Conquest Endurance

“We are very happy to welcome Antonio (Pizzonia) to the Conquest Endurance team. He has a great amount of experience in many different types of race cars and he will be a strong addition to our team, I have no doubt that between him, Martin (Plowman) and David (Heinemeier Hansson) we’ll have one of the strongest driver lineups out there and can challenge for a top result.”

ABOUT CONQUEST ENDURANCE

Conquest Endurance is the newest division of Conquest Racing, which 1991 Indy Lights champion and Indianapolis 500 veteran Eric Bachelart formed in 1997 to compete in North American major open-wheel racing. The Indianapolis-based team has competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Champ Car World Series, Champ Car Atlantic series and Indy Lights for the last 15 seasons, working with drivers such as Justin Wilson, Alex Tagliani, Tomas Scheckter, Bertrand Baguette, Mario Haberfeld, Felipe Giaffone, Laurent Redon, Sebastian Saavedra and others. Conquest Endurance will field an LMP2 entry in the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, driven by Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson. Conquest Endurance is also the official North American importer and distributor of the Morgan LMP2 car.

Source: Conquest Endurance/Racing, Press Release




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