Conquest Signs Bernoldi

Conquest Racing has signed former Formula 1 driver Enrique Bernoldi as a teammate to Franck Perera for the 2008 IndyCar Series season.

"I am very happy to be joining Conquest Racing," Bernoldi said. "I think we have an interesting season ahead of us. At the beginning, we will have to learn a lot because it is a new car for the team and for me and especially to race on ovals which I never did, but it will be interesting. I'm very motivated and I think we will do a good job. Having Eric (Bachelart) here helps as well because as an ex-driver he understands more what the driver needs. It is a very positive relationship with him and everybody on the team.

"Enrique is a great addition to the Conquest Racing team and his vast experience in motor racing will be beneficial to us as we make the transition to the IndyCar Series," said Eric Bachelart, owner of Conquest Racing. "We're delighted to have him join the team. He has adapted well and was competitive in all the forms of racing he has done and I am certain that he will be up to speed quickly, as will Franck, with the Dallara."

"I think Enrique and Franck will make a great duo," added Anthony Blumberg of Opes Prime, co-owner of Conquest Racing. "When you add these two exceptionally talented drivers to the team that Eric has put in place, I feel Conquest Racing will surprise a few people this year in the 'new' IndyCar Series."

Bernoldi, a 29 year-old from Curitiba, Brazil made 28 starts in Formula One with Arrows Racing in 2001-02. He also has served as a Formula One test driver for Sauber and BAR. Most recently, Bernoldi competed in StockCar Brasil and the Argentinean TC2000.

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