USA: UK: D: AP: Nico Rosberg to represent BMW at Goodwood

Formula BMW to make guest appearance at the Festival of Speed. BMW WilliamsF1 Team test driver Nico Rosberg will drive at Goodwood. Munich. On 26th June 2005, the Formula BMW car will be out on track in the best of company. Watched by the Earl...

Formula BMW to make guest appearance at the Festival of Speed.
BMW WilliamsF1 Team test driver Nico Rosberg will drive at Goodwood.

Munich. On 26th June 2005, the Formula BMW car will be out on track in the best of company. Watched by the Earl of March and some 160,000 spectators, the race car will line up on the grid at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before climbing the legendary hill towards Goodwood House.

Behind the wheel of the FB02 will be BMW WilliamsF1 Team test driver Nico Rosberg. "For me it is a very special honour to be able to drive at Goodwood. I'm also looking forward to being back in a Formula BMW. After all, this was the car in which I celebrated some major successes and earned myself a title," says the 19-year-old.

For Nico Rosberg, the Formula BMW is a familiar vehicle. In 2002, the son of former Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg won the German Formula BMW ADAC Championship to pave the way for his Formula racing career. From Formula BMW to Formula One - it's a goal being pursued in 2005 by a total of 87 drivers from 31 nations competing in the four regional Formula BMW series in Germany, Britain, the USA and Asia.

These junior drivers, some as young as 15, will have a chance to take a big step closer to that goal this winter. From 13th to 16th December 2005, Bahrain will be hosting the first Formula BMW World Final. Awaiting the winner is a very special reward: he will be invited by BMW to take a Formula One test drive. As Nico Rosberg explains: "A Formula One test drive is a fantastic opportunity for any junior driver. Whoever wins the world final will go places. Maybe the winner will be on the grid here in Goodwood one day!"

Apart from the Formula BMW car, the Festival of Speed will see a further 13 BMW models from the BMW Mobile Tradition collection out on the track. Among them will be the McLarenF1 GTR Le Mans, driven by Professor Burkhard Göschel, Member of the Board of BMW AG. BMW Motorsport Director Dr Mario Theissen will also be inside a racing car at the Festival of Speed, manning the controls of the BMW M3 GTR.

Background:

Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level class in Formula racing. In 2005 the series will be held in Germany, Britain, Asia and the USA. Up-and- coming drivers as young as 15-years-old are given the opportunity of entering motor racing with the high-tech, standard FB02 race car.

This racing car has been seen on the grid since 2002 and has set standards particularly on the safety technology front. The single-seater is propelled by a 140 bhp BMW engine up to 230km/h and exceeds by far the safety requirements for its class. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS Formula Rescue Race Seat especially for Formula BMW. The HANS safety system is also mandatory.

In 2005, Formula BMW will be staged five times as part of the Formula One support programme. All the series offer a multifaceted Education and Coaching Programme as well as sponsorship for promising racing talents. The best-known alumni of this talent hothouse are Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien.

BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen: "Formula BMW offers talented young drivers more than just a car. In the Education and Coaching Programme we have designed specially for them, they learn everything they need to know to hold their own in the big wide world of motor racing. Formula BMW has shot out of the blocks to become the top entry-level class for Formula racing worldwide."

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Keke Rosberg , Nico Rosberg , Christian Klien , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams