JAMAICAN RACER JOEL JACKSON ENTERS FORMULA BMW DEVELOPMENT SERIES KINGSTON, JAMAICA - April 25, 2006 - Nineteen-year old Jamaican kart racing phenom Joel Jackson has been selected to participate in the 2006 Formula BMW Development Series as a...
JAMAICAN RACER JOEL JACKSON ENTERS FORMULA BMW DEVELOPMENT SERIES
KINGSTON, JAMAICA - April 25, 2006 - Nineteen-year old Jamaican kart racing phenom Joel Jackson has been selected to participate in the 2006 Formula BMW Development Series as a part of the Gelles Racing Team. A Kingston native, Jackson was discovered by Leonard Miller of Miller Racing after establishing a name for himself as the premier kart racer in all of Jamaica and claiming the 2005 Rotax Max Challenge title, sweeping eleven of twelve events.
Miller joined forces with Gelles Racing, one of the most respected names in Formula racing, to enter Jackson into the development series - a significant step towards becoming the first Jamaican Formula racecar driver. The press conference will feature Jackson along with his FB02 racecar and his team of local and international supporters. Special guest speakers and honored guests will include His Excellency, Professor Gordon Shirley, Jamaica's eighth Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Frank Pringle - former Jamaican Ambassador to the U.S., Christopher Dobson of the Jamaica Tourist Board and Leonard Miller.
The conference will also signify the endorsement of the Jamaica Tourist Board, which hopes that their support will encourage the signing of additional corporate sponsors. BMW of Sterling came on board as Joel's first associate sponsor in March 2006, and as David Shields, Deputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board noted, "Additional corporate sponsorship will provide Joel and the team with a support structure defined by cultural solidarity, associate him with a broader audience and create a solid foundation for success. We are extremely proud of Joel and view him as one of Jamaica's young ambassadors and the perfect example of the Genius of Jamaican sport."
Joel was extremely excited to hear of the JTB's involvement in his racing career. "It is a great feeling to know that my entire country is behind me, pulling for me and providing everything it can to help me attain my goals. The Formula BMW series will help advance my racing career towards becoming an elite Champ Car World Series racer and one of Jamaica's greatest athletes!"
Jackson is currently training to compete in Formula BMW races scheduled for the 2006 season in the United States and Canada and Europe and Asia in 2007. Joel will have his first series of challenges May 20 - 21 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Course; May 26 - 29 at the Lime Rock Park in Connecticut; and the Canadian Grand Prix, June 23 - 25. On June 30 - July 2 he will be on the national scene at the U.S. Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.