Chevrolet to field Pernia at Monza

Chevrolet will field a fourth works Cruze in the World Touring Car round at Monza later this month for Leonel Pernia

Chevrolet to field Pernia at Monza

The 34-year-old Argentinean finished runner-up in last year's TC2000 series in a Honda Civic. He will make his WTCC debut in Italy and become the series' first Argentinean driver.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to race in the world's top touring car championship and with a front-running team like Chevrolet," said Pernia. "This is an unexpected and wonderful chance for me and I hope to contribute to the team's success at Monza. I know the level in the WTCC is very high but I am confident that my TC2000 experience will prove useful."

Chevrolet Europe's motorsport boss Eric Neve added: "It is a privilege for us to have Pernia at Monza. In our strategy towards conquering the WTCC title this year, it is useful to enter a fourth car in selected events, entrusted to drivers who have proven pedigrees in touring car racing.

"Moreover, the presence of Leonel can boost the visibility of the WTCC in South America and the image of Chevrolet in a key market like Argentina."

WTCC organisers are known to be working on a deal for Honda to enter the championship through its Argentinean arm in 2011, which is expected to include a race in the country at the beginning of next season.

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