Chevrolet to run Argentine star Perniá at Monza

Following the announcement earlier this week that there would be two new drivers joining the WTCC grid in Monza Chevrolet have announced they will be running a fourth car for Argentine touring car star Leonel Pernía.

The 34 year old from Buenos Aires will become the first Argentinian driver to race in the FIA backed series.

Taking part in the TC2000 championship in his native country Pernía claimed two wins in 2009 and finished the series in the runner-up sport behind team-mate José María López.

Chevrolet Motorsport boss Eric Nève explained to “It is a privilege for us to have Pernía at Monza. In our strategy towards conquering the WTCC title this year, it is useful to enter a fourth car in selected events, entrusted to drivers who have proven pedigrees in touring car racing. Moreover, the presence of Leonel can boost the visibility of the WTCC in South America and the image of Chevrolet in a key market like Argentina.”

Pernía added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to race in the world's top touring car championship and with a front-running team like Chevrolet. This is an unexpected and wonderful chance for me and I hope to contribute to the team's success in Monza. I know the level in the WTCC is very high but I am confident that my TC2000 experience will prove useful.”