JIM RUSSELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES KICKS OFF SEASON WITH VISIT BY TOP ENGLISH DRIVER

AARON STEELE COMES TO U.S. TO TEST FJR-50 AT CHALLENGING INFINEON RACEWAY

SONOMA, CA. March 05, 2009 -- Jim Russell Championship Series formally kicked off the 2009 season by welcoming McLaren Autosport British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) finalist, Aaron Steele. Steele became one of the first to test the capabilities of the new Jim Russell FJR-50 Formula 3 race car at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

Steele made his US debut by testing the FJR-50 open wheel race car at Jim Russell Championship Series on February 9 and 10. Steele, 20, becomes one of the first to test in FJR-50 which is based on the successful and proven Lola B06-30 championship winning Formula 3 car. During his two-day test, Steele set a strong pace with impressive lap times. Steele worked with the Jim Russell Championship Series staff to evaluate his performance on the track using the Pi Research data acquisition system.

"We are pleased to welcome a driver of Aaron's caliber to test the new FJR-50," said Nicolas Rondet, Jim Russell Championship Series Chief Instructor. "At Jim Russell, drivers participate in the highest level of competition using the best cars, state of the art technology and instruction from industry leaders -- all of these tools provide drivers like Aaron to take their career to the next level."

Jim Russell Championship Series features a complete driver-training program that includes instruction from some of the finest coaches in the world, technical instruction from industry leaders and educational seminars on how to be a complete race car driver. The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School program has a progressive ladder program where talent and achievement on the race track are rewarded with opportunities to rise onto the next level of the motorsports ladder. The program's focus is on the continuous improvement of on-track performance through analysis of driving style and associated skills.

"I was honored to test at one of the most challenging road courses in America," said Aaron Steele. "The crew at the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School worked tirelessy to ensure that I was prepared to push the FJR-50 to the limits. It was an exhilarating experience and I can't wait to go back!"

Most recently, Steele won the Formula Palmer Audi (FPA) 'shootout' at Snetterton, UK and became the sixth and final nominee for the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. During the two-day test on November 1 and 2, Steele demonstrated his skills in a single-seater, a DTM car and an Aston Martin N24 at Snetterton. As a result of Steele's impressive 2008 season, the BRDC deemed Steele one of the best drivers of his generation.

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