Hailing from the country that produced talents like Helio Castroneves, Emerson and Christian Fittipaldi, and the late Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Bruna Tomaselli’s positive and driven personality will be prominent in 2019 with Pabst Racing, her new Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship home.
“I’m very excited for this season,” said, Tomaselli. “This will be my third season [in USF2000], so I know the car, I know almost all the tracks, and with that experience and with a very competitive car, I hope to achieve great things.”
Making notable strides over the past two seasons, Tomaselli scored a career-best seventh in Race 1 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida last year.
“Bruna showed very well in recent testing with us at Sebring,” team owner Augie Pabst said. “We’re anticipating a very successful 2019 season with her and can’t wait to get started.”
Tomaselli’s racing career kicked off in go-karts as she competed in Campeonato Sulbrasileiro de Kart races between 2007 through 2012. Graduating to Formula Junior Brazil in 2013, she placed seventh in the points standings with a podium finish.
Driving her way to Formula 4 South America in 2015, she placed sixth in the final tally and fourth one year later with five podiums and 18 top-10 finishes. She competed in four MRF Challenge-Formula 2000 events in 2016.
“To compete in a big series is awesome,” Tomaselli observed. “We can learn during every race, not only on track, but outside as well with the IndyCar drivers and everything.”
Tomaselli says she is honored to represent Brazil for her contemporaries and for women racers aspiring to compete in motorsports.
“As a Brazilian driver, my inspiration on track and away from it is Ayrton Senna,” she noted. “He was an awesome driver and incredible person as well and that, for me, is a good inspiration. I’m very proud to be a Brazilian driver and be a woman driver as well. It is very good to be representing my country and women in a big motorsport series.”
The 15-race season is just around the corner with the Streets of St. Petersburg awaiting Tomaselli and her peers from March 8-10.