Today's 2005 announcement from Atlantic Racing Team of their Formula BMW USA Series driver line-up will receive much attention. As the only Atlantic Canadian full time racing team involved in international open-wheel racing, the team is very...
Today's 2005 announcement from Atlantic Racing Team of their Formula BMW USA Series driver line-up will receive much attention. As the only Atlantic Canadian full time racing team involved in international open-wheel racing, the team is very excited to announce that 15-year young Adrien Herberts of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has joined them in their two-car effort.
Starting at age nine, Adrien is well known on the West Coast for his Quarter Midget drives, and many wins. Last year's Formula TR Series (Renault 1600) saw Adrien secure two podium finishes at age fourteen. Adrien won the 2005 Formula BMW USA driver shoot-out in January 2005 in Valencia, Spain. He has now become one of only six 2005 North American FBMW USA JUNIOR drivers, and with that is further entitled to a U$40,000.- BMW sponsorship, and complete fitness, health, and driving training to foster his racing career.
Danny Kok, Adrien's coach since 2003, has always believed that Adrien has the making not only to become a professional race car driver but one of world class. "This is the first of the bigger hurdles Adrien has passed with flying colours and this is a pay-off for all the hard and dedicated work behind the wheel and in his community" Danny said; "The FBMW USA Sponsorship could not have happened to a nicer and more dedicated person. Adrien is not only fast but has all of today's needed attributes to be a world class driver. We are all happy, after lengthy consultations, meetings and financial considerations, to be part of Atlantic Racing Team for 2005". Danny will be in charge of Adrien's coaching, with Lucas Strackerjan being Adrien's engineer, while Kevan Falsafi will assure that his car, the FB2 BMW, painted in Junior colours, is performing flawlessly.
"The FBMW FB2 car has been designed with the ex go-karter in mind; 15 to 25 years young and with ambition to become a F1 or ChampCar star. As this series involves lots of traveling within North America, the total cost per season, including test days, is anywhere from approximately U$210,000.- to U$260,000.- We are lucky having been able to arrange a team sponsor, lessening therefore each driver's cost quite a bit. We are all extremely pleased that the Herberts family trusts Atlantic Racing Team's ability to bring Adrien to the podium and being a true Formula BMW USA Championship contender," Lucas explained.
Adrien's driving partner will be announced shortly, once all tests and negotiations have been evaluated and completed.
In 2004 ART had four young drivers running for the prestigious Formula BMW USA Championship with a total purse of over U$500,000.-: Federico Montoya, the younger brother of F1 star Juan Pablo, and Dominik Jackson, now in F3 (both as guest drivers for four races), Trevor Daley, and Kyle Herder of Toronto. Kyle is now part of the Speed TV car show "Sports Car Revolution" and will possibly be the driver in Atlantic's other racing series.
Formula BMW USA will be the supporting races at seven prime events throughout North America, including the Montreal and Indianapolis Formula One and Denver Grand Prix.