2009 TEST PRIZES CONFIRMED FOR TOP IFM DRIVERS
As is tradition, this year's top International Formula Master (IFM) drivers will be rewarded with a host of testing prizes arranged with some of motorsport's best teams worldwide.
This season's champion Fabio Leimer will test with GP2 team DAMS at the French circuit Paul Ricard on 12 November. The team has fielded IFM's inaugural title winner Jerome D'Ambrosio for the past two years and will evaluate Leimer during the official GP2 Main Series test days.
Top rookie Alexander Rossi will be the recipient of an Indy Lights Series test in the United States, following in Leimer's footsteps. The Swiss set the fastest time in last year's test session, which he undertook with team Sam Schmidt Motorsport (SSM) after winning the rookie title in 2008.
Rossi will also run with the illustrious American SSM team, which holds the Indy Lights race-win record with 30 victories and three series championships to date. The test will take place on 19-20 October at Putnam Park in Indiana.
Vladimir Arabadzhiev, part of the winning team line-up at JD Motorsport, has been chosen by Chevrolet to test with the FIA World Touring Car Championship Team Chevrolet in October. The test will take place in Pembrey, England, near the team's base on 13 October.
The Series' top three drivers, Fabio Leimer, Sergey Afanasiev and Josef Kral will also be given access to the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team chassis simulator during the Formula 1 championship's off-season this winter.
"I am very pleased to be able to confirm these tests for our top drivers this season," said IFM General Manager Alessandro Alunni Bravi. "All have worked extremely hard all year to finish at the top of our classifications and deserve their chance to shine at the higher levels of our sport.
"I would like to thank the teams involved, the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, the FIA World Touring Car Championship team Chevrolet, the GP2 Series team DAMS and the Indy Lights Series Sam Schmidt Motorsport outfit for their contribution and interest in our drivers, and I look forward to each of the test days."