EU3000: Driver search winner to race in Euro 3000

Red Bull F1 Driver Search winner Joel Nelson will race in the 2003 Euro 3000 championship with John Village Automotive (JVA), program officials announced Nov. 13. Nelson, 21, from Reno, Nev., is the third of the four American Red Bull Driver ...

Red Bull F1 Driver Search winner Joel Nelson will race in the 2003 Euro 3000 championship with John Village Automotive (JVA), program officials announced Nov. 13.

Nelson, 21, from Reno, Nev., is the third of the four American Red Bull Driver Search winners to secure his 2003 European racing plans: Scott Speed is with Alan Docking Racing for British F3, and Grant Maiman has been set up with Jenzer Motorsport's Formula Renault operation.

Red Bull Energy Drink is negotiating a deal with teams in other European championships for Paul Edwards, the fourth winner of the program designed to groom an American driver for Formula One.

The Village team has earned victories in Formula Ford, Formula Vauxhall Junior and European F3000. Driving for Village in the 2002 Euro 3000 title chase was Frenchman Romain Dumas, who won three races and finished just seven points behind champion Jaime Melo Jr. of Brazil.

Village also has a successful history of fielding entries for American drivers. In five races with the team in 2002, Peter Boss of Rhode Island had a best finish of seventh, at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

The Euro 3000 championship is a single-marque championship created in 1999 as a complement to F3000. All teams use Lola B99/50 carbon-fiber chassis and 480-horsepower Zytek V8 engines.

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Series Auto GP , Formula 1
Drivers Alan Docking , Paul Edwards , Peter Boss , Jaime Melo , Romain Dumas , Grant Maiman , Joel Nelson
Teams Jenzer Motorsport