Team Viso Venezuala Set For Star Mazda
BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Juncos Racing has signed Venezuelan racing pair Bruno Palli, 20, and Diego Ferreira, 18, to compete in the 2012 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.
Both accomplished racers in their home country and Europe, Palli and Ferreira will migrate their careers to the U.S.A. this season as representatives of Team Viso Venezuela, an initiative founded by the duo’s Venezuelan manager and IZOD IndyCar Series driver E.J. Viso.
Team Viso Venezuela is a program that promotes bringing young talents from the South American country to compete in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with the help of Venezuelan supporters.
The hope is that these racers can then climb through the ranks until they reach the peak of American open-wheel racing, the IZOD IndyCar Series (Juncos Racing currently runs teams in the top two steps of the ladder, the Star Mazda Championship and the Firestone Indy Lights Series).
“After talking with Ricardo (Juncos) for a long time, we concluded that we would start a partnership to bring young drivers into the Mazda Road to Indy and Star Mazda Championship,” commented Viso. “On my side, I thought about the best drivers in Venezuela to bring to the series. I believe that Bruno (Palli) and Diego (Ferreira) will get the job done. I’m very proud to say that I started Team Viso Venezuela. I created the program to promote young drivers coming from my country so that they can have a bright future in auto racing. My idea is to manage them and give them all the tools I can for them to have successful careers.”
“It is an honor for us to be working with E.J. Viso and the Team Viso Venezuela initiative,” said team owner Ricardo Juncos. “This partnership is going to be huge for everyone involved, and it is going to give a lot of opportunities for Venezuelan drivers to race in the U.S.A. I’m excited that Bruno Palli and Diego Ferreira will be some of the first drivers to represent Team Viso Venezuela, and I’m so glad to have signed them to be part of the Juncos Racing team this season. We have been testing with Bruno and Diego, and they have really impressed the team so far. They improved a lot over four days and clearly showed that they will be fighting for the top this season. This is the beginning of really good things for Juncos Racing and Team Viso Venezuela. We can’t wait to get the 2012 season started.”
Palli and Ferreira have had somewhat similar career paths throughout their lives. Like many other racecar drivers, they both started racing go-karts and winning titles in Venezuela at a young age.
In 2008, they each made an appearance in the Venezuelan Formula Ford 1600 Championship along with fellow countryman and Star Mazda Championship competitor Carlos Linares, and at the end of 2009, all three participated in a European Formula 3 test in Valencia, Spain.
“I am very excited to join the Juncos Racing team,” stated Palli. “I am really looking forward to competing in the Star Mazda Championship and the Mazda Road Indy program this year. I feel very confident in our team, and I hope to bring many podiums and wins to them this year. It means so much to me and my supporters to have the support of my longtime friend and now manager E.J. (Viso).”
Diego Ferreira is a one-time Regional Karting Champion, a two-time International Karting Champion, and a five-time National Karting Champion.
“I feel very happy and excited to have signed with Juncos Racing,” stated Ferreira. “This was always my plan, and I thank E.J. Viso for making all of this possible. I think it will be a great season for us, and to be able to work with a Venezuelan teammate and friend like Bruno Palli is great. We have been racing together for a long time, and now we will bring Team Viso Venezuela to American motorsports. I think the Juncos Racing team has always proven itself to be one of the best in the category which is why we chose to race with them. We have already had some great tests, so we know this was the right step for us.”