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Montecalvo Completes Ram Racing's ELMS Line-Up
Alongside Gunnar Jeannette

Silverstone-based Ram Racing will compete in the 2013 ELMS with a truly Transatlantic driver line-up, after announcing that New Jersey-based Frankie Montecalvo will be joining fellow American (and mentor) Gunnar Jeannette in one of the team's two Ferrari 458 Italias following a successful test in Jerez recently. The Stateside duo will join Briton Jonny Mowlem and Irish racer Matt Griffin on the six-race schedule.

“Doing a full season in the ELMS has certainly been a goal of mine, but to do it with a team like Ram is incredible," said Montecalvo. It may be a new team but it feels like everyone has been around for ever and it truly is a dream come true for me. To be able to work with Gunnar at Ram Racing is a great opportunity; everyone is so professional but we're also really enjoying it because we all get along so well.”


Frankie Montecalvo (left) and Gunnar Jeannette

Montecalvo and Jeanette first raced together in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in 2010, when they shared a Multimatic Mustang, and then again as part of CORE Autosport's 2011 PC challenge in the ALMS. Most recently, they shared a Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 at the 2012 Spa WEC round and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“For both of us to be teamed together at Ram is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait for the first race at Silverstone,” said Jeannette. "I had my first race for Ram at the Dubai 24 Hours and was massively impressed with the organization. To hear the news that I would be doing the full season was incredible, but to now get the chance to do it with Frankie is a great bonus. We work so well together and he did a brilliant job at the test.”

"I'm really looking forward to the season because this is one of the best teams I've ever been a part of and I'm very excited about it," said Montecalvo. "I only got one day of running at the first test in Jerez but I got a good lap time and was pretty consistent and showed everyone that I could make it happen."

“The decision to sign with Frankie was quite an easy one really,” noted Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom, “once we had had time to evaluate him in testing.  I was hugely impressed with how focused he was for someone so young. When he was in the car he was extremely consistent to the point you could almost predict his lap times through a run and this is exactly the kind of driver you need in GT racing. The relationship between team mates is also very important and he has a strong friendship with Gunnar that is evident in and out of the car, as well as having worked with our Race Engineer, Mark Schomann, in the past.  I’m sure that together they are going to do a great job this year and have plenty of success.”