USA: 2006 schedule announced

FORMULA BMW USA CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE WITH SEVEN PRESTIGIOUS VENUES Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 7, 2005-- BMW of North America, LLC announced today an impressive calendar for the 2006 Formula BMW USA season with the 14-round ...

FORMULA BMW USA CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE WITH SEVEN PRESTIGIOUS VENUES

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 7, 2005-- BMW of North America, LLC announced today an impressive calendar for the 2006 Formula BMW USA season with the 14-round championship to take place on seven of the most prestigious race tracks in the USA and Canada.

Entering its third season in North America, Formula BMW USA offers an exciting schedule, which will visit five circuits that the championship has raced on in its first two seasons. Two new venues have been added to enhance the variety of challenging race tracks that will enable aspiring young open-wheel drivers to gain valuable racing experience.

The 2006 championship will allow Formula BMW USA drivers to race in conjunction with several different North American road racing series, in addition to both North American Formula 1 Grand Prix races. Formula BMW USA will race in support of Formula 1, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the Champ Car World Series and the Grand American Road Racing Association.

The season will start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 19-22 with Rounds 1 and 2 in support of the ALMS. Rounds 3 and 4 will take place at Lime Rock Park in support of Grand American on May 26-29. Rounds 5 through 8 will be run in support of the Canadian and the United States Grands Prix on June 23-25 and July 1-2. The championship fight will be taken to the streets with Rounds 9 through 12 at the San Jose Grand Prix on July 26-28 and the Grand Prix of Denver on August 11-13 with Champ Car. The winner of the 2006 Formula BMW USA Championship will be decided in the two final Rounds at Mosport International Raceway on September 1-3 in support of the ALMS.

"We continue to build on the success of the Formula BMW USA Championship after its first two seasons," said Alexander Schmuck, Formula BMW USA Motorsports Manager. "This caliber of schedule, combined with the unique Formula BMW Education and Coaching Program, will provide great exposure and guarantee thrilling action. We look forward to another exciting season in 2006."

2005 was Formula BMW USA's second season. 15-year old Formula BMW Junior driver Richard Philippe won the Overall and the Rookie Championship.

The 2006 season test ban will go into effect on March 15, 2006. Four official testing sessions have been scheduled at Road Atlanta on March 27-28, at Virginia International Raceway South Course on April 8-9, at Carolina Motorsports Park on April 16-17 and at Miller Motorsports Park on July 18-19. Additionally, the Formula BMW USA drivers will have the chance to test their cars the Thursday prior to the race events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Mosport International Raceway.

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