Matos matters

Posted by Iannucci | 1/18/2008 | 3 comments »
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You may not know his name, but this guy is making big news in the world of open-wheel racing today. Just as the braintrust at Trackside Online predicted, Raphael Matos has announced that he will be driving for Andretti Green Racing in the upcoming Indy Pro season, sticking his thumb and two meeeellion dollars in the eye of the Champ Car series.

Matos is no ordinary driver, friends. After capturing the 2005 Star Mazda series championship, Matos bounced around in 2006 (although he managed to win 2 of the 4 Indy Pro races he entered that year). But in 2007 Matos got his mojo back and won 6 of 12 races in the Champ Car feeder Mazda Atlantics, which awarded the series champion $2 Million towards moving up to Champ Car.

Apparently that $2 Million check wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on, so now a talented young driver who had cash in hand has dismissed an immediate future in Champ Car for a chance to run in the IndyCar feeder series.

Read all about it at, and welcome back to the IndyCar world Raphael!


  1. Anonymous // January 18, 2008 7:19 PM  

    Loving it myself. Now would the IRL bashers please sit back down.

  2. Puretone Audio // January 19, 2008 8:22 AM  

    Currency exchange rates seem to indicate $2M Champbucks is worth slightly less than the Zimbabwe $10M dollar bill released earlier this week.

  3. Anonymous // January 19, 2008 1:13 PM  

    Matos is gonna be fun to watch on the road/street courses, but man, how dangerous will he be if he develops some chops on the ovals?