Frankie Montecalvo will join Gunnar Jeannette for an assault on the European Le Mans Series in 2013 with Ram Racing.
The British GT squad are set to run two Ferrari 458 Italia’s in the LMGTE class with Jonny Mowlem and Matt Griffin making up half of the team.
“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,” Montecalvo said.
“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.”
Montecalvo had high praise for his new team “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.
“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.”
Jeannette and Montecalvo have previous form having taken part in the Continental Tires Series in 2010 together in a Ford Mustang then once again teaming up at CORE Autosport in the 2011 American Le Mans Series with Jeannette clinching the drivers’ championship and Montecalvo coming in second.
“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,” Jeannette said.
“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.”
Ram Racing Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom believes that Montecalvo was the right choice for the team.
“The decision to sign with Frankie was quite an easy one really,” Shufflebottom said.
“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.”
Alongside the ELMS campaign Montecalvo will be continuing his GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in an Aston Martin Vantage V8 with co-driver Nick Mancuso at Daytona.