Pro Mazda - Pipo Derani

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Pipo Derani
Pipo Derani
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Pipo Derani
Biography of Pipo Derani

Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani comes from a family passionate about motorsport and has demonstrated talent since his early competitions. In 2005, still in go-karting categories, Derani was the champion of Paulista Junior Menor Championship, the most important tournament of the category in Brazil.

In the following season, he was second in the Paulista Kart Light Championship. Then, he debuted in the Sudam category and was the runner up in the Brazilian Kart Championship (Junior category) in 2007. The next step was to start in 2009, in a Formula category. The driver competed for Motopark Academy Team in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup, and raced some rounds of the European Championship category. Pipo got two second places and closed their participation in the 7th position overall.

In the next year, still in the Motopark Academy Team, the Brazilian debuted in the German Formula 3 Championship. In 2011, the driver moved to the British Formula 3 Championship, the world's most competitive, on Double R Racing Team, with a second place in the round of Donington Park as his best result in the season. In 2012, Pipo finished the season in eighth place with five podiums (two victories). The Brazilian also did his debut at the traditional Macau Grand Prix and got a very good result in the Top 6.

In 2013, another year of great results, which ended with a podium at the Macau GP: third place in the 60th edition of the event. In the FIA F3 European, Pipo finished eighth in the standings and took the podium on three occasions, with a second and a third place at Nurburgring (Ale) and another second place at Vallelunga (Italy).

In 2014, Pipo enters a new chapter in his career, running in the United States in Pro Mazda Championship series for Team Pelfrey.

Hobbies: Squash, travel, house music, cars

Racing goal: Win the Pro Mazda title and move up the ladder until I become an IndyCar driver

Racing hero: Ayrton Senna

My fitness routine includes: Two hours per day of gym work

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: No

The one talent I wish I had: To worry less about simple things

An interesting note about me: I love my country and I do anything to bring the Brazilian flag to the top of the podium

2013: Finished eighth in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with two second-place finishes and one third with Fortec Motorsport ... finished third in the Macau Grand Prix ... finished eighth in the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, Holland ... finished seventh in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, scoring one victory and three podium finishes with Giles Motorsport.

2012: Finished eighth in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series with Fortec Motorsport, claiming two wins, five podium finishes and two fastest race laps ... finished sixth at the Macau Grand Prix ... finished 11th in the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 ... finished fifth in the F3 Brazil Open with two podium finishes.

2011: Competed in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, scoring one podium finish ... placed sixth in the Grand Prix of Pau in France.

2010: Finished 10th in the German F3 Cup with Motopark Academy.

2009: Finished seventh in the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Championship with Motopark Academy, claiming two second-place finishes and one fastest race lap.

2008: Won the Sudam Junior class in the Codasur International Championship ... also competed in the KF3 WSK Karting Championship.

2007: Finished second in the Sudam Junior division of the Brazilian National Championship ... qualified second and finished seventh in the KF3 European Championship in Essay, France.

2006: Finished fourth overall in the Paulista Junior karting championship and finished second in the Paulista Light Junior championship.

2005: Won the Paulista Junior karting championship and finished fifth in the Brazilian National championship.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Pro Mazda 6 0 0 3 5 0 5
Total 6 0 0 3 5 0 5
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Team Pelfrey

Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system proves to be a perfect medium for owner Dale Pelfrey to showcase his latest foray into the world of professional motorsports and the business model is to not cut any corners in doing so.

Pelfrey’s formula for molding a team is no different to that of the company he founded and led for over 30 years, Enginetics Aerospace who specialized in the design and manufacturing of jet engine components for the international market—hire the best, acquire the best, and demand the best in order to achieve the most.   Team Pelfrey is no different and has already proven it thus far with the decisions that Pelfrey has made in setting up his new venture.

Pelfrey’s last stint as a team owner was in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1998-2000 which had such drivers as Danny Ongais, Memo Gidley, Bryan Tyler, Billy Boat, Robby Unser and John Paul Jr., who led 39 laps of the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Pelfrey also gave current IndyCar Series owner and successful female driver Sarah Fisher her first ride in an IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.

In addition to his business ventures and IndyCar past, Pelfrey himself has also raced competitively. From flat-track motorcycles in his teens, to karts, Skip Barber, and a P2 car in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, Pelfrey has always had a passion for the competitiveness that motorsports provides. This above all else is what’s pushing Team Pelfrey’s re-entry into professional open-wheel racing, with its sights set firmly on immediately challenging for top honors.