Franzoni, Conde Join M1 Racing



DALLAS, May 1 — M1 Racing is pleased to announce that Victor Franzoni and Carlos Conde have joined its team in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, effective immediately.


They will join Expert class driver Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., in the series’ tripleheader on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 7-9.


Franzoni, 19, is stepping up from the USF2000 series, where he is currently fifth in the point standings. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil won the USF2000 race April 12 at NOLA Motorsports Park, and he finished second in a similar event April 24 at Barber Motorsports Park. He also finished second in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest with two victories and a second, missing the title by a mere five points.


Last year he placed fifth in the USF2000 championship as a rookie, winning at St. Petersburg, Fla.  He also posted podium finishes at Barber, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.


He competed in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2013, and he had great success in karting before he advanced to formula car racing. He started karting at the age of 4. He speaks four languages (Portuguese, Italian, English and Spanish), and his goal is to be an IndyCar driver.


Franzoni’s effort is being sponsored in part by AutoEnginuity, the world’s leading provider of PC/PDA-based scan tools used for diagnostics. Horak is that company’s chief executive officer.


“Victor is what a sponsor hopes to find to showcase their products — a top-tier driver who is well mannered and professional,” Horak said. “What he strives for in his racing career, we do in our products. We are a great fit. I think this is just the beginning of what should be a long relationship. We are very excited to be part of his path to the top.”


“When Jay approached me about running Victor, I was very excited,” said Paul Mata, owner of M1 Racing. “I’m well aware of his accomplishments in USF2000 and in Europe, and I expect great things from him in Pro Mazda.”


“I’m very excited to join M1 Racing,” Franzoni said. “It will be my first time in a Pro Mazda car. I’m confident that M1 will give me a good car, and I’m very excited to see what happens when we get to Indy!”


Franzoni finished third in one of the USF2000 races on the IMS road course last year.


In addition to AutoEnginuity, Franzoni’s Pro Mazda car will be sponsored by Novac Sports.


Conde, of Scarsdale, N.Y., joins Horak in the Expert class. Although he’s driven in Pro Mazda races with M1 Racing in the past, the IMS tripleheader will be his first race in the series this year. His main focus this season is IMSA’s North American Ferrari Challenge series, where he is leading the Trofeo Pirelli AM point standings. He won that class in the series’ most recent race too, as he was victorious April 26 at Sonoma Raceway.


“I intend to do a few Pro Mazda races, but it’s still to be determined how many,” Conde said. “I will do IMS for sure.”


IMS was scheduled as a doubleheader for the Pro Mazda series but there will actually be three Pro Mazda races at IMS this year. After two test sessions on Wednesday, May 6 (10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.) and two practice sessions on Thursday, May 7 (9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.), the 35-minute race that was rained out at NOLA will be held at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, according to the series’ Web site at


Qualifying for the regular races planned for IMS will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 8, with the second race (45 minutes) following that afternoon at 2 p.m. The third race (40 minutes) will be held at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 9. All times are Eastern.


M1 Racing will post updates on its Facebook page and its Twitter account.


The series’ Web site will have live timing and scoring.

Brasileiro Victor Franzoni vence na abertura da USF2000


Começou neste final de semana em St. Petersburg a temporada 2014 da USF2000, umas das categorias de base da Fórmula Indy. E começou com vitória brasileira. Victor Franzoni, estreante na categoria, fez a pole e venceu a prova. Mas ao contrário do que possa parecer, ele não teve facilidades para conseguir o feito.

A corrida começou atrás do safety-car, devido as fortes chuva que caiu no circuito. Somente na terceira volta que a bandeira verde foi acionada e o brasileiro acabou superado por RC Enerson. Franzoni, no entanto, não desistiu e imprimiu uma forte pressão no rival para recuperar a ponta. Quem também se destacou no início foi Nico Jamin, que largou na 10ª colocação e na oitava volta, já estava em terceiro.

Na nona volta, Franzoni foi com tudo para cima de Enerson e voltou para ponta. Para sorte do brasileiro, no mesmo giro, Will Owen bateu nos pneus e provocou a entrada do safety-car. A prova recomeçou na volta 12 e Franzoni manteve a ponta, mesmo com todo o ataque de Enerson. Na volta seguinte, Aaron Telitz, que estava em quarto, bateu no muro e provocou uma amarela local. No fim, Franzoni confirmou a vitória com 2s745 de vantagem para Enerson. O outro brasileiro, Felipe Donato, teve problemas no começo e abandonou.

Confira abaixo o resultado final da corrida:

P No  Piloto Voltas Tempo Dif
1 17 Victor Franzoni 15 0.0000
2 7 RC Enerson 15 2.7450 2.7450
3 41 Nico Jamin 15 3.5560 0.8110
4 2 Jake Eidson 15 5.8225 2.2665
5 4 Daniel Burkett 15 8.0745 2.2520
6 91 Adrian Starrantino 15 8.1357 0.0612
7 14 Florian Latorre 15 9.6256 1.4899
8 96 Henrik Furusetd 15 10.0552 0.4296
9 18 Jeroen Slaghekke 15 12.5563 2.5011
10 3 Keyran Andres 15 24.1124 11.5561
11 77 Austin Cindric 15 25.4652 1.3528
12 61 Andrew List 15 28.2483 2.7831
13 24 Peter Portante 15 30.7905 2.5422
14 79 Santiago Lozano 15 49.5796 18.7891
15 97 Clark Toppe 15 49.8916 0.3120
16 5 Aaron Telitz 13 1L 1L
17 13 Juan Maldonado 11 3L 2L
18 23 Will Owen 9 5L 1L
19 11 Felipe Donato 14L 8L
20 15 Gustavo Myasava 14L 0.0000

Materia original elaborada por Thiago Raposo – site:

Temporada 2014 – Estados Unidos – USF2000

Victor Franzoni inicia oficialmente a temporada de 2014 neste proximo final de semana, nos Estados Unidos. O final do ano de 2013 marcou uma intensa procura por apoio para o piloto.

Com os resultados obtidos nas ultimas etapas da Formula Renault 2.0 e recentemente no F3 Brazil Open, Victor Franzoni firmou uma promissora parceria com as empresas Vhero e Aflex. As duas empresas atuam no segmento automotivo e o Campeonato Cooper Tires USF2000, que faz parte do projeto Road to Indy, veio de encontro com as necessidades de marketing empresariais.

As etapas da UF2000, onde Victor Franzoni correrá com a equipe Afterburner são preliminares da Formula Indy, portanto, um elevado numero de expectadores e amantes do automobilismo podem se identificar com as marcas e patrocinadores.

O piloto inicia seus primeiros treinos e já no Final do mes, compete no Winter Series, que marca a abertura oficial da temporada