USA: Mid-season Education and Coaching Program update

Formula BMW USA's Education and Coaching Program Continues to Deliver Unique Opportunities Woodcliff Lake, NJ - July 20, 2007-- Before the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship passed the mid-point of the season at Lime Rock Park on July 6 - 7 the...

Formula BMW USA's Education and Coaching Program Continues to Deliver Unique Opportunities

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - July 20, 2007-- Before the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship passed the mid-point of the season at Lime Rock Park on July 6 - 7 the drivers enrolled in the Education and Coaching Program had a very busy month of June.

In addition to their mid-season fitness evalutaion they received many special opportunities to interact with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

At the Grand Prix of Canada all four BMW Sauber F1 drivers, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica, official reserve driver Sebastian Vettel, and test driver Timo Glock, fielded questions about their climb up the motorsport ladder while offering invaluable advice.

There was even more during the United States Grand Prix weekend. After the Round 5 race on Saturday the drivers were invited to tour the BMW Sauber F1 garage and had the unique opportunity to speak with Sebastian Vettel just before the 19-year old was to participate in his first Formula 1 Grand Prix following his substitution for Kubica. Dr. Mario Theissen, Director of BMW Motorsport, participated in a question and answer session after the Round 6 race and Erik Kohlberg, Head of Sponsorship for BMW Motorsport, held a sponsorship seminar.

Daniel Morad, overall points leader and winner of Round 5, commented "It is a rare opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Theissen and the BMW Sauber F1 team. Being able to ask questions about what the drivers went through to get to where they are now will help all of our careers. No other series in North America offers an opportunity like this."

On the Monday after Rounds 5 and 6, the drivers participated in the Mid Season fitness evaluation at Pit Fit to gauge the improvements from the baslines determined at the pre season fitness camp at the end of April.

In the two week break after the United States Grand Prix, six of the drivers enrolled took advantage of an exclusive opportunity to attend further seminars in Vehicle Dynamics and Sponsorship coupled with a tour of the BMW Sauber F1 Team factory in Hinwil, Switzerland.

BMW Junior drivers Ricardo Favoretto, Tim Hollowell, Daniel Morad, and Eric Morrow were joined by Mike Hill and Julia Landauer for the trip to Munich and Hinwil. Upon arrival in Munich, the drivers were shuttled to BMW Motorsport headquarters where they received an introduction to the history of BMW motor sports, as well as a tour of the works preparation factory. Following lunch, the drivers were invited to tour the BMW's Mobile Tradition collection.

Dinner in Hinwil included Education and Coaching drivers from the three other global championships, Germany, UK and Asia. This provided the drivers a fantastic opportunity to meet the competition they will face in a few months at the World Final.

The next day began with a seminar in Vehicle Dynamics by Mike Strotmann, Manager for Competition and Driver Development (BMW Motorsports), and Adrian Sailer, Head of Simulation and Software Development (BMW Sauber F1 Team). Afterwareds, Volkard Thiemann BMW Motorsports Sponsoring and Acquisitions Manager held a seminar on sponsorship.

The factory tour included areas where cars are manufactured, prepared and tested. Throughout the tour, drivers had an opportunity to hold various components of the BMW Sauber F1 car and see models that exhibited the development of items suce as steering wheels and carbon fiber roll hoops. Lastly they saw something very special, the BMW Sauber F1 Team full scale wind tunnel.

Following the visit, Julia Landauer, Formula BMW USA's youngest driver, said, "Visiting the BMW Sauber F1 headquarters and the Mobile Tradition collection really showed me how far BMW has come in the development of their cars. I came away from this trip knowing that this is a very serious game and absolutely every person who works in Hinwil is completely dedicated to doing their job perfectly." After the tour, the drivers returned to Munich for a day of sight seeing that included a visit to the German Technology Museum and the Olympic Park.

A whirlwind three days over, it was back home to prepare for Rounds 7 and 8 in Lime Rock Park.

-credit: bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Timo Glock , Sebastian Vettel , Daniel Morad , Mario Theissen , Julia Landauer , Ricardo Favoretto
Teams Sauber