US GP press release
Educational Opportunity for young American drivers announced for inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™
Formula 1 United States™ Chairman Tavo Hellmund today announced a unique collaborative effort between Formula One Management and Full Throttle Productions in an educational opportunity for three aspiring American Formula 1 drivers selected to participate in a rare behind-the-scenes experience (the Ultimate Pit Pass) during the weekend of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Texas. Aspiring drivers will be selected from a pool reflecting talent across all forms of racing including karting, stock cars and open wheel. To qualify, drivers must be between 14 to 20 years of age on January 1, 2012.
"This is an opportunity that can serve as a tremendous benefit and career booster for a potential future Formula 1 driver," said Tavo Hellmund, managing partner of Full Throttle and chairman of Formula 1 United States™. "Most young drivers only dream of having firsthand access to experience what the world.s top teams and drivers go through during a typical Grand Prix weekend. Until now, this kind of opportunity has only been available to young drivers who have either already worked their way up the racing ladder or are in a team/driver development program," he concluded.
The three drivers, selected from a pool of hundreds, will be guests at the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix event and will have the opportunity to visit with team owners, current Formula 1 drivers, team engineers, mechanics and international journalists. Resumes may be submitted beginning in January. Criteria for selection and the judging process are being finalized. Details for the „Ultimate Pit Pass. will be released soon.
I think this will be a good opportunity for young American drivers
"Bernie is a big advocate for America growing our talent pool for Formula 1. This opportunity aligns with his goals and mine to build an active presence with home-grown talent," stated Hellmund. "I think this will be a good opportunity for young American drivers to see what one day they may get to experience. Hopefully one of them will progress and perhaps someday join us in Formula-1," said F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.