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F3 Brazil: A Canadian on Brazilian soil


With experience in the premier USF2000 Series; of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for IndyCar, Canadian Ryan Verra made his debut in Formula 3 Brazil at Velopark in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil for late 2014. In search of his return to racing after being sidelined with a season eye surgery, the pilot was invited to Brazil to face some tough South American opponents.

The first race took place in the rain on a wet track in Goiás, where an engine problem forced Ryan from qualifying in the first lap, which the team had to execute a complete engine change in less than 3 hours; but only in time to start from the pits. Having Dropped a lap behind the other opponents from this, Ryan kept his focus, looking to seize opportunities in the current weather conditions to make his way back up and to finish on the podium in third place.

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Ryan Verra acquits himself well on a loop that’s been a stepping stone for some of auto racing’s biggest stars

Ryan Verra F3 Podium Brazil

Calgarian overcomes eye issue to make waves on Formula 3 circuit

Race car driver Ryan Verra worried he’d never get behind the wheel again when his laser eye surgery went horribly wrong.

But months of struggle ended in triumph for the 31-year-old Calgarian when he reached the podium during a Formula 3 race in Brazil last month.

For Verra the third place finish in his first attempt at Formula 3 racing was the latest success in a remarkable journey behind the wheel of blindingly fast cars.

Unlike many top drivers Verra came to the sport as an adult but quickly caught up with racers who had been behind the wheel since childhood and by last year he had worked his way up the rankings in the North America Indy tour’s USF2000 championships.

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Verra set to race Formula 3 in Brazil; Making His Comeback to Racing

(September 1st, 2014) It’s been about 8 months since Canadian race car driver, Ryan Verra, last entered a race. The former Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Championship driver claimed two victories, multiple podiums and finished second in the National Championship during his time with the series. Then, he took some time off. Not necessarily on purpose. Ryan had complications from lasik eye surgery which prevented him from begin able to safely drive a race car as well as nerve ending damage in his hand. Now, he is all healed and ready for a comeback.

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Ryan Verra Supports the Heart Truth Fashion Show in Calgary

Heart Truth Fashion Show Calgary with Lisa Bowes CTV News

Heart Truth Fashion Show Calgary with Lisa Bowes CTV News

2013 Road to Indy Driver Ryan Verra walks the runway with the lovely Lisa Bowes of CTV Calgary News. Lisa is sporting the Formula One inspired red dress designed by Haithem Elkadiki. This

The Heart Truth Fashion Show“, a national campaign which raises the awareness that heart disease and stroke is more common than we think and in fact is a leading cause of death among women in Canada, has shown great response since its first introduction in Toronto. Inspiring the rest of the nation, the Heart Truth Fashion Show is now hosted by different cities. Calgary will be hosting its 2nd edition tonight at the Eighth Avenue Place.

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Verra Claims Two Wins at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

USF2000 Ryan Verra Canada Racing Indycar California

Verra Claims Two Wins at Mazda Raceway

September 23, 2013

Ryan Verra continued Alliance Autosport’s perfect win record in the 2013 USF2000 National Class Presented by SCCA Enterprises by winning both races at the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The event started off well with Verra running over 80 trouble free laps over the three test sessions and official practice session, getting faster and more consistent each session out. In qualifying, Verra laid down a very fast time on Lap 3 which would not beat.

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Ryan Verra Battles on the Toughest Circuit of the Season

Ryan Verra Mid-Ohio USF2000 Race Indycar Racing

(Lexington, Ohio – August 8, 2013) Ryan Verra returned to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past weekend for the Allied Building Products USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. This is one of the most challenging tracks on the series schedule due to its many elevation changes and turns. Though Ryan prefers street courses, he was up for the challenge in his #25 Alliance Autosport (Capto Scientia/Enemy Sport/Toshi/Cancer Research Society) after testing in May with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in the National Class Presented by SCCA Enterprises

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