INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2002) - Further cementing the status of the CART Ladder System as the top driver development program in the United States, the new Red Bull F1 Driver Search, which hopes to carry an American driver into the Formula 1 ...
INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2002) - Further cementing the status of the CART Ladder System as the top driver development program in the United States, the new Red Bull F1 Driver Search, which hopes to carry an American driver into the Formula 1 ranks, today tabbed seven current drivers from the CART Ladder System in its list of 15 nominees for the program. In all, 11 of the 15 drivers selected to test have raced at some level of the Ladder System.
Two of the reigning Ladder System champions were offered invitations to the driver search program as Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER titlist Grant Maiman and Barber Dodge Pro Series champ A.J. Allmendinger were on the list. Also tabbed for the opportunity to test were Toyota Atlantic drivers Rocky Moran Jr., Joey Hand and Ryan Hunter-Reay as well as FDNC drivers Scott Poirier and Scott Speed. Bryan Sellers (FDNC), Phil Giebler (Barber Dodge), Michael Abbate (Stars of Tomorrow karting) and Patrick Long (Formula Dodge) have also competed in Ladder System events. Boston Reid, who has been racing sprint cars this year, has also attended the Skip Barber Three-day Racing School, which is the Official Racing School of CART.
"I was never in a racecar until I was 19 years old. It was at a Skip Barber three-day Intro to Racing," Maiman recalled. "Now the future is wide open. I'm assured a smooth entry into professional racing in the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series because of CART Barber scholarship funds. Starting out as late as I did in racing, at the age of 19, it would have been hopeless for me to make it as far as I have if it wasn't for the CART Ladder System and Skip Barber Racing with their Scholarship program."
Of the candidates named, Hand has already announced a deal to run Atlantics next season with DSTP Motorsports while Maiman is expecting to use the scholarship he earned by winning the FDNC title to race in the Barber Dodge Pro Series next year. Deals for a number of the other drivers on the list that will cement their 2003 CART plans are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.