CHAMPCAR/CART: Kart2CART development program expands

Kart2CART announces next step in driver development program Atlanta GA. July 19, 2002: Kart2CART, the driver development program developed by computer industry executive, Rick Waddell, has announced plans to expand the program to deliver...

Kart2CART announces next step in driver development program

Atlanta GA. July 19, 2002: Kart2CART, the driver development program developed by computer industry executive, Rick Waddell, has announced plans to expand the program to deliver greater benefits to a wider variety of drivers and other interested individuals looking to gain access into the open wheel racing industry. The program will be entitled "Drive4USA" and will include development of driver assistance at numerous levels of the open wheel industry.

"'Drive4USA' recognizes the need to include a wider variety of disciplines," explained Waddell. "We want to be able to provide opportunity for drivers looking for a chance to compete in other racing series beyond those solely sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). We believe this is the best means to accomplish our overall goal of helping to train the next generation of American drivers."

Kart2CART was established in 1999 and has assisted drivers to compete in the CART sanctioned Toyota Atlantic Series. To date, Pete Mercier, Case Montgomery, Andy Lally and current competitor, Grant Ryley have been assisted by kart2CART. With the announced expansion, it is hoped that other drivers will be able to benefit from the Drive4USA campaign.

"Our sights are currently set to help young drivers at the opening rungs of the sport," said Waddell. "We hope that we can contribute at this level of the sport when drivers are in the early stage of their driving careers."

Kart2CART and now, Drive4USA, is envisioned as a program that will deliver training and experience benefits to those seeking other positions in the industry. Mechanics, engineers and publicity personnel are all included in the plan to achieve greater access and experiences within the open wheel industry.

"It is all being planned to build a stronger sport," said Waddell. "It has grown so much in the last couple years that I believe we need to invest in the infrastructure in order that the future expertise is there when we, as an industry, need it."

Those companies, teams and others within open-wheel racing wishing to contribute to the initiative are encouraged to contact Drive4USA for more detailed information by e-mailing drive4usa@mackeymarketing.com.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Grant Ryley , Andy Lally