USA: 2005 schedule announced

Formula BMW USA Championship Announces an Impressive 2005 Schedule Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 18, 2005 - Formula BMW USA announced today an impressive schedule for the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. In only its second season, Formula BMW...

Formula BMW USA Championship Announces an Impressive 2005 Schedule

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 18, 2005 - Formula BMW USA announced today an impressive schedule for the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. In only its second season, Formula BMW USA has put together a dream season for the aspiring open wheel driver. This season's 14-round Championship will visit three new circuits allowing Formula BMW USA drivers to compete in front of every major North American road racing series, in addition to both North American Formula One Grand Prix races.

In 2005, Formula BMW USA drivers will race in support of Formula One, the American Le Mans Series, the Champ Car World Series, the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Indy Racing League. The season will begin at Laguna Seca Raceway on April 29 - May 1 with Rounds 1 and 2 in support of Grand American and the U.S. Sports Car Invitational. Rounds 3 and 4 will support The American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio on May 20-22. Anchoring the schedule, as in 2004, Rounds 5 through 8 will be run in support of the Canadian and United States Grands Prix on June 11-12 and June 17-19. On July 29-31 the Championship will visit picturesque Barber Motorsports Park for the first time, again with Grand American, for Rounds 9 and 10. The Championship fight will be taken to the streets with Rounds 11 and 12 at the Grand Prix of Denver with Champ Car. The final two Rounds of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship will be held at Infineon Raceway on Aug. 26-28 with the IRL.

"One of the goals of the Formula BMW USA Championship is to build a racing schedule that offers a variety of challenging race tracks for the drivers, as well as providing them exposure to several major racing series with a large number of fans," said Alex Schmuck, Formula BMW USA Manager. "There is no other racing series in North America that provides this caliber of schedule combined with an education and coaching program, hospitality, and technical support. We are excited about 2005 and have worked very hard to make this season even better than our first."

The 2005 season test ban will go into effect on March 15. Four official testing sessions have been scheduled at Road Atlanta on March 21-22, at Virginia International Raceway on April 9-10, at Carolina Motorsports Park on April 16- 17 and at Putnam Park on July 12-13.

2004 was Formula BMW USA's inaugural season. 20-year old Andreas Wirth won the Overall Championship and BMW Junior driver James Hinchcliffe won the Rookie Championship.

Background: @Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level class in Formula racing. In 2005 the series will be held in Germany, Britain, Asia and the USA. Up-and-coming drivers as young as 15 years of age are given the opportunity of entering motor racing with the high-tech, standard FB2 race car.

Since 2002, this racecar has been seen on the grid and has set standards particularly on the safety technology front. A single-seater propelled by a 140 bhp BMW motorcycle engine up to 140 miles per hour, it exceeds by far the safety requirements for its class. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS Formula Rescue Seat especially for Formula BMW, and the HANS safety system is also mandatory.

In 2005, Formula BMW will be a support race at five different Formula One race weekends worldwide. Formula BMW offers a multifaceted Education and Coaching Program, as well as sponsorship for promising racing talents via the Junior Program. The best-known alumni of Formula BMW are Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien and Timo Glock.

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen: "Formula BMW offers talented young drivers more than just a car. In the Education and Coaching Program we have designed specially for them, they learn everything they need to know to hold their own in the big wide world of motor racing. Formula BMW has shot out of the blocks to become the top entry-level class for Formula racing worldwide."

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Christian Klien , Timo Glock , Andreas Wirth , James Hinchcliffe , Mario Theissen