Fabrizio Crestani has been announced as the first driver for the new Venezuela GP Lazarus team in GP2.
The 24-year-old Italian raced for Tancredi Pagiaro's Lazarus team in Auto GP last year, finishing sixth overall with four podium finishes and a pole position.
Crestani previously raced in GP2 for the DPR team in the final three rounds of the 2010 season, and prior to that contested the 2008-09 Asia Series for Ocean.
“First of all, I would like to thank my main sponsor Daiko who had always believed in me since the beginning of my career and the group of Venezuelan investor who made possible the Venezuela GP project,” said Crestani.
“A very special thanks goes to Tancredi Pagiaro, who has always believed in my potential: we have a very close relationship. Now I am eager to start the new season: racing in GP2 is a dream come true. I know it will be hard, but I’m impatient to start testing and be competitive right from the start.”
Pagiaro added: “I’m really delighted to welcome Fabrizio to the Venezuela GP Lazarus. I know him very well: last year in Auto GP he demonstrated to everyone his potential and I'm sure that he will do the same in GP2. But now it's time to work very hard together: that's the only way to achieve good results.”