Felipe Massa to compete in 2018 Brazil Stock Car's opening round as guest driver
With the 2017 Formula 1 season at close, retired star Felipe Massa has announced his first racing programme for the 2018 season. The Brazilian will compete as a guest racer next year in the Brazil Stock Car season's opening Doubles Race round at the Interlagos, scheduled for March 10.
Massa will race for Cimed Racing, sharing the Chevrolet Cruze with five-time Stock Car champion Caca Bueno. "I am honored by the invitation and will be very proud to make my debut in Stock Car in double with the greatest champion in activity and my great friend, Caca Bueno," said Massa.
"In addition, Cimed Racing, as the current two-time champion, is the ideal team to face a challenge like this, in an extremely competitive category. It will be special to meet the Brazilian fans after my exciting farewell at the Brazil GP, this time in my first race after the F1.
"We will work hard to crown this participation with a good result starting this new phase of my career," said the 36-year-old, who is still contemplating various offers for his future, as he intends to continue racing in other championships across the globe.
His future teammate Bueno commented: "The Race of Doubles is one of the great moments of Stock Car and sharing the car with Felipe [Massa], after all the joys that he has provided us in the F1, will be very gratifying.
"It is a name that brings even more international visibility to our category and will certainly bring an even greater responsibility to start 2018 with many achievements."
Team boss Willian Lube added: "We already won the doubles race with Marcos Gomes and an experienced F1 driver at Antonio Pizzonia in 2015, and we also brought professionals from major categories such as the Australian V8 and FIA GT.
"Therefore, the arrival of Felipe [Massa] only reinforces the commitment of Cimed Racing to invest always in the best and thus seek more victories and titles."
This will be Massa's first non-F1 race in his home country since 1999, when he took the title in the single-seater Formula Chevrolet Brazil championship. It will also be his first competitive outing since his F1 retirement.
[Note: The quotes have been translated from Portuguese to English using Google Translator]