Series newsletter 2008-04-22

Formula BMW Europe ahead of its first season. The 28 young drivers in the Formula BMW Europe series all share the same goal: 26th April, when the first race of the Formula BMW Europe season takes place in Barcelona as part of the programme for...

Formula BMW Europe ahead of its first season.

The 28 young drivers in the Formula BMW Europe series all share the same goal: 26th April, when the first race of the Formula BMW Europe season takes place in Barcelona as part of the programme for the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix. The testing is complete. The young drivers demonstrated their ability at official test sessions in Monza, Zolder, Barcelona and Silverstone. The registered drivers have also undergone a fitness test. Next up for the youngsters is the TV training, at which they will be taught how to deal with the media as part of the BMW Motorsport Education and Coaching Programme.

Formula BMW Europe allows crowds in the stands and the Formula One paddock to watch motor sport in its primal form. Because the teams are equipped with the same material, it is down to them to show who has the greatest driving skills, fitness, and car set-up once they hit the track. An exciting new feature for this season is the equipping of the Formula BMW cars with radio. The interaction between drivers and teams will be intensified, allowing the young drivers to learn how to deal with the radio, which is unavoidable in subsequent racing series.

Jamison and Moss first winners in Formula BMW Pacific.

The Formula BMW Pacific series was the first of the three BMW junior racing series to get their season underway on 22nd and 23rd March. The Formula One Grand Prix in Malaysia was the worthy backdrop for the exciting start to the season. Ross Jamison from Hong Kong went into the history books as the series' first winner. Heavy rainfall meant the race had to be reduced to just eight laps. After the race, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen and BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld congratulated Jamison on his victory.

Tasmin Pepper, the only female driver of the series, also impressed in the rain-dominated race in Sepang: The South African was uninfluenced by the difficult track conditions, and crossed the finishing line in fourth place. Formula BMW junior Simon Moss, who finished second in the first race, claimed victory in the second race of the weekend. The South African (36 points) now leads the drivers' championship, one point ahead of Jamison. Formula BMW Pacific returns for the next races on 17th May at the "Sepang International Circuit".

Graham Rahal, the youngest IndyCar winner of all time.

Former Formula BMW USA driver Graham Rahal has gone down in history: At the IndyCar Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, the son of US racing legend Bobby Rahal crossed the line in first place. At an age of just 19 years and 93 days, Rahal is the youngest ever winner of an IndyCar race. "It feels awesome to win", said Rahal after the race, at which one of those he defeated was series leader Helio Castroneves. "Helio is very successful and won a lot of races, but I knew we had the pace that we could pull away. My dad said 'nice job.' What more is there to say?" said Rahal. The former Formula BMW USA driver now occupies fourth place in the IndyCar drivers' championship.

New talents for Formula BMW Americas.

Prior to the start of the season on 18th May, Formula BMW Americas is inviting new, talented youngsters to the series. A recruitment day will take place on 25th April at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele (Utah, USA). This will allow young drivers from karting series to make their first contact with the successful BMW junior racing series. At the Formula BMW Americas Service Center, teams drivers and those responsible for the racing series will be available at a barbecue to answer any questions. But that is not all: The young drivers from the "Stars of Karting" series will also have the opportunity to undergo a test drive in the FB02, the car used in the Formula BMW series. Experienced instructors will offer the youngsters advice at the Miller Motorsports Park, as they head out onto the track in a Formula car for the first time.

Formula BMW Careers: Christian Klien.

Christian Klien has made the jump from Formula BMW to Formula One. The Austrian appeared in the predecessor to the current Formula BMW series between 1999 and 2001 -- and enjoyed great success. The current test and reserve driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team claimed five overall victories and four successes in the Rookie Cup. In the 2000 season he finished third in the drivers' championship.

After leaving the BMW junior racing series, the Austrian continued to be successful. In 2003 he won the Formula 3 Masters and then switched to Formula One. He went on to race in 46 Grands Prix and picked up 14 World Championship points for the Jaguar and Red Bull teams. He starts 2008 as the test and reserve driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. "In Formula BMW I learnt the basics of formula racing," Klien recalls, "and so joining the BMW Sauber F1 Team is a bit of a homecoming for me. I'm really pleased that I will be part of the team in 2008 and continue to be involved in Formula One."

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Bobby Rahal , Graham Rahal , Christian Klien , Mario Theissen , Ross Jamison , Simon Moss , Tasmin Pepper
Teams Sauber