USA: Driver search awards four young drivers

Red Bull Rewards America's Finest Racing Talent New York, NY (19 Nov 2003) -- The Red Bull Driver Search announced the winners of the 2003 program at the famed Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society's monthly meeting. The meeting...

Red Bull Rewards America's Finest Racing Talent

New York, NY (19 Nov 2003) -- The Red Bull Driver Search announced the winners of the 2003 program at the famed Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society's monthly meeting. The meeting was in conjunction with the International Automotive Media Awards and Brock Yates of Car and Driver, Jean Jennings of Automobile Magazine and Roger Werner of SpeedVision fame were present among scores of automotive industry and media representatives, and over 150 members of the Chowder Society.

Danny Sullivan, head of the Red Bull Driver Search program announced the four American members of the 2004 Red Bull Junior Team, who will be rewarded with a Red Bull sponsorship worth upwards of $500,000 for the 2004 racing season.

Three of the four drivers will be racing in Formula Renault in Europe:

* Dominique Claessens of Rolling Hills, CA will be driving with the Italian team, JD Motorsports

* Colin Fleming of North Hills, CA will be with the Swiss team, Jenzer Motorsports

* Scott Speed will be with the German team, Motopark (Speed was unable to be present at the event)

* Matt Jaskol of Las Vegas, NV will be spending the 2004 season in Formula BMW in the U.S.

Now, that finding sponsorship, the most difficult obstacle for any racer has been overcome, it is up to these young drivers to be focused and invest hard work and dedication to take their careers to the next level. Ultimately, their goal is to advance to the pinnacle of world motorsport, Formula 1, with the support of Red Bull.

In his presentation, Sullivan outlined how a nationwide search for America's most talented race car drivers had culminated in the selection of these promising stars. Sullivan also discussed the format for the 2004 Driver Search highlighting the extensive reach of the program and the emphasis on finding the "diamond in the rough" from the grassroots of American motorsport; the go-kart community. The 2004 program will kick off in mid March.

The 2004 Red Bull Driver Search program aims to discover and support the "diamond in the rough," lacking the knowledge and contacts needed to embark on a career in racing as well as talented young drivers already in racing. The long-term goal is to have a steady group of 3 to 6 American drivers racing in Europe, groomed to break into Formula 1 and compete for the World Championship.

-www.redbulldriversearch.com

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Series Formula BMW , Formula Renault
Drivers Danny Sullivan , Scott Speed , Colin Fleming , Matt Jaskol
Teams JD Motorsports