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Two Gems of the Automotive World Headed to Brazil
 By: Niky Pauli / Media Racing
March 6, 2004

He has won the Formula One World Championship two times, two Indianapolis’ famous 500 miles and one Indy Car title. His career is brimming with risks, adventures and realized dreams. His smile is his best business card and his name speaks for itself: Emerson Fittipaldi.

Although retired from driving as of a few years ago, Fittipaldi remains constantly involved in the business world. At the Lan Chile Cargo headquarters in Miami this week, and with the support of the Bringer Corporation, he presented his most recent project which, according to his own words, will serve as a historic legacy for future generations.

Standing amongst the two cars which helped him win the famous 500 miles of Indianapolis - the Penske PC-18 with the #20 and the Penske PC-22 with the #4 – Fittipaldi spoke with the media and the fans, recounting old stories.

“The cars will go this week with Lan Chile – the largest cargo company serving Latin America – to Porto Alegre in Brazil. There they will be on exhibit at the Lutheran University of Brazil in the Museum of Technology where all of the archives of my life are assembled: the trophies, the cars, the photos, the conquests, the uniforms, the helmets. There, everything will be available to the public and that makes me very happy because I believe it is very important to establish sports museums in Brazil. My grandchildren will be able to visit them one day with their children and see the conquests, the cars that belonged to their grandfather,” he said, obviously happy.

The Museum of Technology was constructed to be the largest of its kind in Latin America and one of the biggest in the world in quantity and diversity. In a space measuring 9346 square meters, there are almost 260 vehicles, among which, some are a point of reference in world automotive history.

“This is the first time that the two cars I used to win the Indy 500 will be together,” explained Fittipaldi. The Museum’s exposition actually includes the famous Copersucar Fittipaldi (the only F1 automobile built in Latin America), 148 of his trophies and 22 of his medals.

“Over there I have one very interesting car, which is a street car from 1939. A Chevrolet Coupe which they call Carretera in Brazil, which was the first car I rode in at Interlagos when I was just 11 years old.”

The two cars which Fittipaldi bid farewell to in Miami will be added to this collection.

“Fangio did something similar in Argentina and I think it is wonderful that a country like Brazil can have these cars, which brings them closer to my history. There are so many sporting achievements in Latin America! And we need to keep them in its history. Not only the ones from my career, but those of Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna and other Brazilian champions as well.”

In reference to his cars his said: “Car #20 was very special. I spoke to it and it spoke to me. Everything I wanted it to do, it did and everything it wanted me to do, I did.”

“Number 4 was also very important to me. It is the car that I won with for the second time at Indianapolis; it is a car that ran strong at the start of the race, but was difficult to drive. In the end, for the last 15-20 laps, at the most crucial moment, it behaved very, very well and it was my second win at Indianapolis. Furthermore, that car is historical because when I won the Indy 500, instead of drinking the traditional milk that the winner would drink, I drank orange juice. That was a big thing, something that they are still talking about today,” he emotionally explains.

“We wanted to show our clients the transporting process of two of the most famous cars, and to share an agreeable moment with the famous driver, Emerson Fittipaldi,” said Felipe Meyer, Regional Sales Director for Lan Chile Cargo in Florida for Latin America. “These cars are not considered general cargo, but rather as special cargo because special care is required and they are supervised from the time they enter our warehouses until they are aboard the planes, and even when they arrive at their destination, they receive the proper security. Each car will travel with a specially assigned attendant,” added Meyer.

The Bringer Corporation, with over 20 years of experience in the market, is the company in charge of packing the cars which will chart a course for Brazil. “Transporting these cars is an opportunity which was presented to us and we are very proud of it. They are cars with important careers and histories; they are the cars of the Brazilian driver who began the entire history for his countrymen who later followed him,” said Eduardo De Castro, President of the Bringer Corporation. He added: “These vehicles will travel on a Boeing 767, separated entirely from any other cargo. It is not every day that we have the opportunity to transport the winners of the Indy 500. We have transported many vehicles, but very few in the world have had the chance to transport two winners of the Indy 500. We are feeling very proud. This means a lot to us.”

Cars / General Information:

Penske PC-18 / Car #20
Team: Patrick Racing
Engine: Chevy Indy
1989 Indy 500 Winner / 1989 IndyCar Championship Winner
Started: 3rd. (Indy 500 / 1989)
Laps: 200
Leader Laps: 158
Time: 1:59:01.049
Speed: 167.581 mph

Penske PC-22 / Car #4
Team: Penske
Engine: Chevrolet C
1993 Indy 500 Winner
Started: 9th.
Laps: 200
Leader Laps: 16
Time: 3:27:10.204
Speed: 144.809 mph

For more information about the Technology Museum: www.ulbra.br/museudatecnologia

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