Conquest Racing has announced it has secured the services of defending Formula Nippon champion, Brazilian racer João Paulo de Oliveira, for this weekend’s IndyCar Series round at the Motegi road course in Japan.
The 30-year-old is a successful import in the Far East in recent years, having won Japan’s premiere open-wheel racing title last year.
De Oliveira started out competing in kart racing in 1997 before jumping into the Brazilian Formula Ford and Formula Chevrolet championships the following year.
He moved to Formula 3 competition over the next few years, winning the South American (1999), German (2003) and Japanese (2005) titles.
He has raced almost permanently in Japan since 2004, also competing in the Super GT championship when not piloting his Formula Nippon challenger.
In 2009, he contested the Race of Japan in the World Touring Car Championship round at Okayama, driving a SEAT León for SUNRED Engineering.
De Oliveira is a two-time winner at Motegi’s road course, which will host the IndyCar Series for the first time after its oval version was deemed too damaged to race on following Japan’s catastrophic earthquake earlier this year.