Argentinean star Leonel Pernía slated to drive fourth Chevrolet Cruze in Monza TC2000

Published on June 15th, 2010

Recently in the far of land of Zurich/Wellingborough, Chevrolet proudly announced that it was entering a fourth Chevrolet Cruze in the recently concluded WTCC Round of Italy, that was held Monza, Italy, alongside the regular cars of experienced and proven ace drivers Rob Huff, Alain Menu and Yvan Muller. This fourth Chevrolet Cruze was driven by none other than Argentinean star Leonel Pernía.

The 34-year old driver from the Tandil area/suburb of Buenos Aires, is a confirmed touring car specialist, having raced in the highly-competitive TC2000 Championship in Argentina since 2006. Last year, he was Vice-Champion of the series and came in a very respectable 3rd, in the TC2000 Copa Endurance. He also has experience in the Turismo Carretera, the oldest touring car event among Argentinean touring car categories.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to race in the world’s top championship for touring cars and with a front-running team like Chevrolet. This is an unexpected and wonderful
chance for me and I hope to contribute positively towards the team’s success. I know the level in the WTCC is very high but I am confident that my TC2000 experience will be very useful”, said a prepared, determined and positive Leonel Pernia.

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Eric Nève commented, “It is a privilege for us to have Leonel with us at such a key event as Monza. In our strategy towards conquering the WTCC title this year, it is very useful to have the possibility to enter a fourth car in selected events and to entrust them to drivers such as Pernía, who has a proven pedigree in touring car racing. Moreover, the presence of Leonel can only be beneficial for the visibility of the WTCC in South America and for the image of Chevrolet in a key market like Argentina.”

Another WTCC personality who wanted to be equally heard out, Marcello Lotti, the CEO of KSO (a WTCC Promoter) had this to say,  “It is great news to see Chevrolet strengthening its commitment to the WTCC by entering a fourth works car in selected events, and to see that a driver of the caliber of Pernía will be driving it in Monza. This can only foster the rising interest for the WTCC existing in South America and in Argentina in particular, and serves well our plans to try to have a WTCC event in Argentina as from next year.”

text: Azdee Amir  pix: WTCC

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