USA: 2007 schedule announced

FORMULA BMW USA CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2007 SCHEDULE WITH SEVEN PRESTIGIOUS VENUES Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 13, 2006-- BMW of North America, LLC announced today an impressive schedule for the 2007 Formula BMW USA season. Its fourth season...

FORMULA BMW USA CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2007 SCHEDULE WITH SEVEN PRESTIGIOUS VENUES

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 13, 2006-- BMW of North America, LLC announced today an impressive schedule for the 2007 Formula BMW USA season. Its fourth season in North America, Formula BMW USA has put together a dream season for aspiring open-wheel drivers. The 14-round championship will visit seven circuits, competing in front of the Champ Car World Series and the American Le Mans Series, in addition to both North American Formula One Grand Prix races.

Returning drivers will benefit from the fact that the 2007 championship will go back to six race tracks that hosted testing or racing last season. One new venue - Road America - has been added to enhance the variety of challenging race tracks that will enable the young talents to gain even more valuable racing experience. Formula BMW USA visited Road America in its inaugural season in 2004.

The season will start at Miller Motorsports Park on May 17-18 with Rounds 1 and 2 in support of the ALMS. Rounds 3 through 6 will be run in support of the Canadian and the United States Grands Prix on June 8-10 and June 15-17. Rounds 7 and 8 will take place at Lime Rock Park in support of the ALMS on July 6-7. The championship fight will be taken to the streets with Rounds 9 and 10 at the San Jose Grand Prix on July 27-29 with Champ Car. Rounds 11 and 12 will take place in support of the Champ Car/ALMS race event at Road America on August 8-12. As in the three previous years, the winner of the 2007 Formula BMW USA championship will most likely be decided in the two final Rounds. Like it did in 2006, the 2007 season will conclude at Mosport International Raceway on August 24-26 with the ALMS.

With a compact, intensive three-month season Formula BMW USA offers a schedule that fits within the school year break as most drivers are still in high school or college.

Each race weekend features two Rounds of the championship with separate qualifying sessions to determine the grid for each 30-minute standing-start contest.

The 2007 season test ban will go into effect on March 18, 2007. Four official testing sessions have been scheduled at Road Atlanta on March 19-20, at Virginia International Raceway South Course on April 7-8 and at MSR Houston Raceway on April 21-22. Additionally, the Formula BMW USA drivers will have the chance to test their cars the Wednesday prior to the race event at Miller Motorsports Park.

17-year old BMW Junior driver Robert Wickens became the 2006 Formula BMW USA Champion and 16-year old Daniel Morad took the 2006 Rookie of the Year title. In 2005 15-year old BMW Junior driver Richard Philippe won the Overall and the Rookie championship. The inaugural championship title was won by Andreas Wirth who had his debut in the Champ Car World Series in 2006.

-credit: bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Andreas Wirth , Robert Wickens , Richard Philippe , Daniel Morad