Antonio Pizzonia will make his endurance racing debut in the American Le Mans Series with Conquest, the team has announced. The 31-year-old former Formula 1 driver will be the team's third driver for this weekend's round of the ALMS at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Pizzonia, who has been racing in the Brazilian stock car championship, will join Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson in the Nissan LMP2 car at the six-hour event.
"I'm really looking forward to working with Conquest Endurance this weekend," said the Brazilian. "It will be my first experience with this car and also with this type of racing, but I have experience in many categories, which will be helpful in this situation. I know that I will certainly have help from my teammates to get used to everything over the weekend so that we can have a strong race."
The 31-year-old Pizzonia has competed in some of the top racing series in the world including Formula 1, IndyCar, GP2, Superleague, Formula 3000, British Formula 3, British Formula Renault, among others. Most recently he has participated in the popular Brazilian Stock Car Series. While he is not behind the wheel of a racecar, the Brazilian driver is also an amateur triathlete and Ironman. This weekend's race will mark the first time that he competes in an endurance event.