USA: 2006 Junior scholarship drivers announced

FORMULA BMW USA ANNOUNCES FIVE 2006 JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP DRIVERS Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 13, 2005-- BMW of North America, LLC is pleased to announce the final five winners of the 2006 Formula BMW USA Junior scholarships. The winners ...

FORMULA BMW USA ANNOUNCES FIVE 2006 JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP DRIVERS

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 13, 2005-- BMW of North America, LLC is pleased to announce the final five winners of the 2006 Formula BMW USA Junior scholarships. The winners are: <pre> David Garza June 22, 1988 Monterrey, Mexico Jordan Dick May 16, 1988 Northville, Michigan Maxime Pelletier August 14, 1990 Lyon, France Robert Thorne March 24, 1990 Sherman, Connecticut Robert Wickens March 13, 1989 Toronto, Ontario, Canada </pre> Four scholarship winners were chosen following a scholarship qualifying course held at the Formula BMW Racing Center at the Circuit de la Communitat in Valencia, Spain. The fifth scholarship is automatically awarded to the winner of the Rookie Cup from the previous season. The 2005 Rookie Champion and the runner-up have declined scholarships for 2006, therefore Robert Wickens, also a Formula BMW Junior driver in 2005, who finished third in the Rookie Cup, will receive a scholarship for 2006.

The five Juniors will be awarded $40,000 each towards participation in the 2006 Formula BMW USA Championship and automatic enrollment in Formula BMW's Education and Coaching Program. The comprehensive program, provided by a team of experts from the field of international motorsport, includes courses in Driving Skills & Tactics, Vehicle Dynamics & Chassis Setup, Fitness Training & Nutrition, Media Training & Public Relations and Sponsorship & Sports Management.

The concept behind the Formula BMW USA Junior program is to nurture young drivers towards a racing career by training them to the highest possible levels, drawing on the vast expertise and experience of BMW Motorsport. Underlining BMW's commitment to the discovery and grooming of future young talent, the scholarship "shoot-out" has been designed so that the most talented drivers, rather than the most financially healthy, succeed. In order to differentiate the five scholarship recipients from all other series entries, the Juniors will race in the distinctive BMW Motorsport livery.

"The aim of our scholarship program is to ensure that the young drivers are provided with the right tools they need for a successful career in professional motorsport," said Alexander Schmuck, Formula BMW USA Manager. "Let's hope they will prove as successful as last year's winners. I am looking forward to seeing their progress during the 2006 season."

The five young men selected for a 2006 Formula BMW USA scholarship will join a select group of very talented Formula BMW USA Junior alumni. Since Formula BMW began in North America in 2004, 12 young men have competed as Juniors. In 2005, the top-four finishers in both the Overall Championship and in the Rookie point standings were Formula BMW USA Juniors. Richard Philippe, the most successful scholarship winner in the previous season, won the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship and Rookie Cup and has set a high standard to follow.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Robert Thorne , Robert Wickens , Richard Philippe , Maxime Pelletier , David Garza , Jordan Dick