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Gabby Chaves Signs Major Sponsor
Colombian-American driver Gabby Chaves of Weston, Fla., one of America’s fastest rising stars in racing’s developmental ranks, has signed a major sponsorship deal with Cafe de Colombia.

Cafe de Colombia is part of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, a non-profit cooperative that stabilizes the market for Colombian coffee, and undertakes research, social assistance and promotion programs on behalf of the small, independent farmers.

Chaves, 15, romped to two dominant wins in the opening two rounds of the 2009 Formula BMW Americas Championship in March and leads the series standings heading into this weekend’s two races at Virginia International Raceway.

‘‘This is so fantastic, it’s hard to describe,’’ said Chaves. ‘‘Cafe de Colombia understands what young drivers need to succeed and of course, I will do everything I can to promote them. And that begins with me staying at the front of the pack!’’

Raised and currently living in Weston (northwest of Miami), dual-citizen Chaves raced karts as a pre-teen. In 2007, at age 13, he started racing and winning in the open-wheel Skip Barber Regional Races Series. By 2008 Chaves entered five Skip Barber National races. He won the first race at Sebring (missing the second to enter FBMW races in Malaysia), then continued his streak with two wins at Virginia International Raceway – where he races this weekend in FBMW Americas.

‘‘I love VIR, I have lots of success here in the past,’’ Chaves said. ‘‘Along with my other sponsors S.O.S [Strategic Occupancy Solutions] and OMP, my plan is to get my Cafe de Colombia Formula BMW to the front. But I have to be smart, because this is a drafting track and you have to play your cards right.’’

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