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Estoril, Portugal - Following a long season which began back in January, eighteen year old Dan McMullen of Gormley, Ontario ended his season on a high note in the French National Formula Campus Championship with a strong second place finish on the Formula One track here in Portugal. With his effort he wound up tenth in the championship even though he was forced to miss six races due to circumstances beyond his control, including the September 11 attacks in the U.S.A. which prevented him from flying to Europe. Earlier in the season at the event held at Val de Vienne, McMullen became the first Canadian driver to ever win a race in the Formula Campus Championship and he also had a third place finish on the same weekend.
The Formula Campus Championship is part of the prestigious Elf la Filiere racing program where twenty-six young drivers from around the world are invited each year to further develop their skills in motor racing. It comprises seventeen races in all at nine different tracks in France and in Portugal. The program is based at the famed Le Mans circuit in France, home of the 24hrs of Le Mans. Students from outside of France are required to live in the country for the season and reside at the University de Maine in the town of Le Mans. As part of their curriculum, the drivers are also instructed in the French language, physical training, marketing and the technical side of motor racing.
With the season now complete, the focus is turned to next year and where Dan will be applying the skills he has learned in the Elf Formula Campus Series. Over the season, his skill behind the wheel of an open wheeled racecar didn't go unnoticed. Two of the top teams in the French National Formula Renault Championship, TECH 1 and the GRAF Motorsports team, spotted his talent and have invited him to test with them later in November with a view to him competing in France next year. Also, the AIM Motorsports team, from Woodbridge, Ontario, who run cars in the Canadian National Formula Ford Championship and the USF2000 series in the U.S.A. have had McMullen test with them recently at Shannonville in both a Formula Ford 16000 and a F2000 car. Dan acquitted himself well in both cars and turned very competitive times. The team manager for AIM Motorsports stating "I thought my stop watch was broken as every lap was exactly the same".
Over the next few weeks Dan will be turning his attention away from the track and back to his schoolwork and graduating from Aurora High School. As well, the search for sponsors for next season will begin in earnest in the hopes of continuing his career. Depending on the amount of sponsorship he is able to obtain will determine where this young talented racecar driver will ply his trade in 2002. Dan's ultimate goal is to become a professional driver and make it to the top!