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Pescarolo tabs Jouanny

Bruce Jouanny will return to the forefront of international sportscar racing in 2009, having been offered one of the coveted drives at Pescarolo Sport for the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours.

Jouanny already has three years experience in the LMS, with a best championship placing of third in the 2007 LMP2 category and best result of second at Valencia the same season. His two trips to La Sarthe yielded the best rookie award in 2005, but his recent focus has been on helping condition the Superleague Formula machines before and during the series' inaugural season.

His résumé also boasts the Formula Palmer Audi title, wins and podiums in British F3 and both Renault and Nissan World Series, as well as official testing status in GP2 and Champ Car, with the Frenchman widely recognised for his acute understanding of engineering and set-up.

“I am very happy to welcome Bruce Jouanny to Pescarolo Sport,” team principal Henri Pescarolo admitted, “He possesses all the qualities I look for in my team - youth and experience, enthusiasm, technical skill and the ability to fit into a tight-knit team. I am relying on him to help us conquer further podiums.”

Confessing that the chance 'to be representing such a legendary name at Le Mans… for a French driver, it doesn't get any better than that', Jouanny is confident that Pescarolo can be a contender in the LMS, especially with Peugeot and Audi not committed to full campaigns, and return to the heights that saw it claim the 2005 and 2006 series crowns.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity and I want to thank Henri Pescarolo for his faith in me,” Jouanny said, “The LMS is a superb championship, with a very competitive field, but we have the firm belief that we can fight for wins.”

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