|August 12, 2007|
ELKHART LAKE, WI
Franck Perera (#11 CJ Motorsport/Everflux/Perfect Nutrition) closed out his Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda rookie season in fine fashion by taking his third victory of the season in the 2007 season-ending Generac Grand Prix at Road America (ESPN2, August 22, 5:00 p.m. ET).
Perera started from the pole position and got away cleanly when the lights went out to move into the lead. The Condor Motorsports driver was in control of the race throughout, but Brazilian Raphael Matos managed to close the gap to less than one second in the final laps of the race. However, Perera's lead was never seriously challenged and he went on to win by 0.676 seconds over Matos. Perera's previous two victories came at Mont-Tremblant and Toronto.
It was Perera's eighth consecutive podium result. He closed out the year as the only driver in the series to finish every race inside the top-five positions, becoming the first driver since Patrick Carpentier in his championship-winning season of 1996 to accomplish that feat. Perera is the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Rookie of the Year and finished second overall in the final championship standings.
FRANCK PERERA (#11 CJ Motorsport/Everflux/Perfect Nutrition) driving for Condor Motorsports: "It was a great race. It's really nice to have a perfect weekend like that, especially in the end after losing an opportunity to win the championship, but Sierra (Sierra Enterprises) did a great job and Rafa (Matos) too with the second year of experience. The race was tough, because towards the end the track was getting loose, and it was difficult to keep the car up there, but it's great. I want to thank Condor Motorsports. They did a good job to make sure I can fight with a big team like Sierra. I also want to thank Everflux and for sure, CJ Motorsport, for giving me the chance to continue my career in America. I hope I showed enough to be in Champ Car next year. I also need to thank my family, also, for being here again."