Red Bull American Junior Team drivers catch a glimpse of their future.
Red Bull celebrates 10-year partnership with the Sauber Petronas Formula 1 team.
New York, NY (30 Dec 2003) -- The winners of the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search, who are now the American members of the international Red Bull Junior Team, will be traveling to Salzburg, Austria next week for the launch of the Red Bull-sponsored Sauber Petronas Formula 1 Team. On January 12, the new Sauber Petronas C23 race car will be presented to a host of international media at Hangar-7, home of the Flying Bulls, the new spectacular aircraft museum at the Salzburg airport.
The launch will serve as a glimpse into the future for these young drivers, who are striving to attain a seat with a Formula 1 team. One of their colleagues, Christian Klien of Austria, recently was picked up by Jaguar Racing to compete for the 2004 Formula 1 World Championship, making him the first Red Bull Junior Team driver to achieve this feat.
While in Salzburg, the Junior Team drivers, Dominique Claessens, Colin Fleming, Matt Jaskol and Scott Speed, will spend a week at Red Bull's performance diagnostics and athlete training center preparing for the demanding season that lies ahead. The head of the program, Danny Sullivan, will be in Salzburg surveying the drivers' progress.
Key members of the American racing and karting media will also be attending the Sauber Petronas launch and visiting the driver training facility. This is an unparalleled opportunity for the media to be educated about Formula 1 and witness Red Bull's commitment to the Driver Search program and their dedication to assisting young American drivers advance their professional racing careers.
The 2004 Red Bull Driver Search program aims to discover and support the "diamond in the rough," lacking the knowledge and contacts needed to embark on a career in racing, as well as talented young drivers already in racing. The long-term goal is to have a steady group of three to six American drivers racing in Europe, groomed to break into Formula 1 and compete for the World Championship.