As part of the summary of the 2008 Homestead race I noted a link that mentioned the financial woes of Franck Perera’s sponsor Opes Prime. Those troubles have now caught up with the driver.
Jaime Camara didn't take the express route to the IndyCar Series, but three years of seasoning in Firestone Indy Lights will serve him well straight away.With 3 wins in 42 starts Camara – yet another Brazilian – was good but not great in his years in the series formerly known as Indy Pro, having a career best characterized as hard-charging but accident prone. If I were a betting man I would say this isn’t the last time this sort of thing will happen in 2008, as drivers like Wade Cunningham and Jeff Simmons are jumping back into the Indy Lights pool to be at the track and at the ready should any more current IndyCar series drivers run out of sponsorship cash like Perera did.
Conquest Racing announced that Camara will drive the No. 34 Dallara/Honda/Firestone for the remainder of the season, beginning with the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway this weekend. It also announced an extension to the sponsorship program with Sangari.
Conquest Racing owner Eric Bachelart said the loss of sponsors Opes Prime, which recently went into receivership, and ARES necessitated the change. Franck Perera competed in three races, with a high of sixth place on the streets of Long Beach (Calif.) last weekend.
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And as for Fronkensteen, we hardly knew ya. All we're left with is Vitor Meira's prophetic words: "Look how fast are you now, dude."