Oregon's Joey Wimsett Awarded SunTrust Youth Racing Scholarship
For the third year in a row, SunTrust, the Official Bank of Motorsports, has recognized an outstanding young competitor with the SunTrust Youth Racing Scholarship, presented in Orlando at this weekend's Performance Racing Industry Show in conjunction with the Snap-On Stars of Karting All-Star Classic event.
This year's winner is 17-year-old Joey Wimsett of Beavercreek, Ore., who earned one of karting's most prestigious honors by capturing a top-five finish at the recent Supernationals event, and also placed second in the national TAG-class standings. Wimsett's top-five finish in the Supernationals was a particularly memorable one as he finished ahead of former Indianapolis 500 champions Buddy Rice and Dan Weldon, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Jamie McMurray.
The junior at Oregon City High School also claimed the overall championship in FWT KF2 competition, and was selected to compete in the Formula BMW Americas race at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah. Prompted by Wimsett's six victories and five other podium finishes in Formula BMW, the publication ekartingnews nominated Wimsett for its 2008 Rising Star award.
As the 2008 recipient of the SunTrust Youth Racing Scholarship, Wimsett will be provided with the opportunity to participate in next month's Skip Barber Karting Shootout in Sebring, Fla. He also will be a guest of SunTrust and Wayne Taylor Racing at a 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series event, where he will have behind-the-scenes access to the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara team featuring drivers Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle. He'll also spend time with three-time sports car racing champion and team owner Wayne Taylor, who will offer Wimsett advice on what it takes to have a successful career in motorsports both from a competitive and business perspective.
"I really want to thank SunTrust for giving me this great opportunity," Wimsett said. "My goal is to become a professional race car driver and this great experience should go a long way toward helping me some day have fun doing for a living what I love to do, and that is racing."