Formula BMW Americas Drivers Complete Final Test of the Season
Formula BMW Americas drivers completed a two-day official test at the new Thunderbolt Raceway, in Millville, NJ, on Sept. 2 and 3. The test was the last of the 10 official test days scheduled this season.
Eurointernational teammates Alexander Rossi, Giancarlo Vilarinho and David Ostella topped the time sheets, all with laps in the 1:17 minute range. Rossi set the quickest lap of the test, 1:17.052 minutes, around the 10-turn, 2.25-mile circuit.
With a 32 point lead in the Overall standings, Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) could lock up the Championship at Thunderbolt when the series returns on Sept. 27 - 28 for Rounds 13, 14 and 15.
Rossi only needs to gain 11 more points over his closest rival, Ricardo Favoretto, in the three rounds at Thunderbolt to clinch the title. The series finishes at the Brazilian Grand Prix in November.
The Rookie Championship has tightened up considerably with Formula BMW Junior drivers, Gianmarco Raimondo, Mikael Grenier and Alexandre Ruiz within only six points of each other.
19 Karters Invited to Participate in 2009 Formula BMW Junior Scholarship Shoot-out
19 young karters who had attended licensing courses this year were invited back to the Formula BMW Racing Center, in Valencia, Spain, to vie for up to four Formula BMW Junior scholarships. BMW will award a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) scholarships. The number of scholarships awarded will be entirely at the discretion of BMW. Each scholarship for Formula BMW Americas 2009 will have a maximum value of $ 80,000.
With the conclusion of the 2008 season, more than 100 drivers will have started their motorsport careers with Formula BMW Americas.