Hinchcliffe heads to Spain on scholarship program

James Hinchcliffe will have his turn in a Formula BMW and will test legendary track. TORONTO, ON. (December 22, 2003) 16 year-old karting champion and aspiring racecar star James Hinchcliffe will head to Spain in early January to compete in...

James Hinchcliffe will have his turn in a Formula BMW and will test legendary track.

TORONTO, ON. (December 22, 2003) 16 year-old karting champion and aspiring racecar star James Hinchcliffe will head to Spain in early January to compete in the North American Formula BMW scholarship program. This program has been designed to further advance Canadian and US drivers, as it will look to be the stepping stone to Formula One in North America.

Selected from over 50 drivers, the Oakville, Ontario resident will have the opportunity to compete in this shootout for one of six $40,000 scholarship programs towards Formula BMW in North America in 2004. This new event will take place at one of the most beautiful race tracks in the world and legendary Formula One circuit Valencia, Spain. The three day test will occur over Thursday, Friday and Saturday (January 8-10, 2004) with the winners being announced on Sunday (January 11, 2004). This is not just a test of on track ability as head instructor and BMW factory touring car driver Jorg Muller will be taking into account personality, public speaking and media work as officials will be training and evaluating the complete driver.

The former karting champion, who has his own personal BMW Mini Cooper, is ecstatic about the test. "I am really looking forward to this great opportunity" explained Hinchcliffe. "To drive these cars at such a beautiful track will be incredible. I am very lucky and grateful that BMW has chosen me. Over the next month I will be doing as much as I can to get acquainted with the track and the cars online."

Hinchcliffe, who has no fear of speed, brings a long racing resume and plenty of experience to the table. The 16-year-old will look to use the knowledge he has gained from his extensive karting background and especially this years Bridgestone/FormulaCar Magazine F2000 series and his recently completed Fran-Am Test.

The Oakville Trafalgar High School student is widely considered one of Canada's up and coming racecar stars. Showing total support in his racing career, Jeremy Hinchcliffe, father of James, will travel overseas with his son to view this much anticipated shootout. "When an opportunity like this presents itself, you have to jump at it and James will have to work hard. This is the chance of a lifetime for him and, if anything, it will provide him with experience and help him in his future racing career. I would like to thank BMW for this terrific opportunity."

James would like to thank his current supporters, Mobil 1 and NOCO Racing for their continued partnership and support. James is actively seeking sponsorship dollars to move up the motorsports ladder and advance his career.

-www.jameshinchcliffe.com

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