BRAZIL's 2002 World Cup final goalscoring
hero Ronaldo has invested in a motor racing team to fly under the
Brazilian flag for the inaugural A1 series later this year.
Ronaldo, who sidestepped the Confederations Cup which Brazil won beating
arch-rivals Argentina 4-1 in the final this morning (AEST), was joined
as a fellow investor by Brazil's two-time Formula One champion, Emerson
The A1 series will pit country against country in what is being termed
as a "world cup of motorsport". It begins in September and runs until
March next year, and will feature all the teams using similar cars,
engines and tyres.
Ronaldo expressed his hope that not only will he make money out of the
venture but Brazil would also triumph.
"I love car racing," said Ronaldo, who may face a race of his own to
regain his place in the Brazilian team after sparkling Confederations
Cup displays by Inter Milan's Adriano and youngster Robinho.
"Our country has a great tradition in the sport and we want to maintain
Aside from Brazil there are teams pledged from Australia, China, South
Africa and Lebanon.