USA: IMSA to sanction series

FORMULA BMW USA CHAMPIONSHIP SECURES IMSA SANCTION Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 20, 2005 - Formula BMW USA announced today that the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will sanction the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. "IMSA is one...

FORMULA BMW USA CHAMPIONSHIP SECURES IMSA SANCTION

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 20, 2005 - Formula BMW USA announced today that the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will sanction the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship.

"IMSA is one of the most respected names in the North American motorsports community and was the best fit to sanction Formula BMW USA in 2005," said Alex Schmuck, Formula BMW USA Manager. "The combination of their unmatched experience and keen understanding of the unique needs of our Championship will provide a firm foundation for the second season of Formula BMW USA."

"IMSA is proud to have been chosen to be the sanctioning body for this premier driver development series," said Tim Mayer, Chief Operating Officer of IMSA. "BMW's reputation for quality and attention to detail is legendary and we are committed to our partnership with them. We are pleased to be involved with so many young talents, and look forward to being a positive part of their experience.

In a related change, the two final rounds of the Championship will be held at Road Atlanta on Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 in support of the Petit Le Mans, the American Le Mans Series' signature event.

The change of the final rounds to Road Atlanta's Petit LeMans weekend came as a result of the discovery that the previously announced races in support of the Indy Racing League at Infineon Raceway on August 26-28 could not take place.

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-old are given the opportunity of entering motor racing with the high-tech, standard FB02 race car.

This racing car has been seen on the grid since 2002 and has set standards particularly on the safety technology front. The single-seater is propelled by a 140 bhp BMW engine up to 230km/h and exceeds by far the safety requirements for its class. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS Formula Rescue Race Seat especially for Formula BMW. The HANS safety system is also mandatory.

In 2005, Formula BMW will be staged five times as part of the Formula One support programme. All the series offer a multifaceted Education and Coaching Programme as well as sponsorship for promising racing talents. The best-known alumni of this talent hothouse are Formula One drivers Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien.

BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen: "Formula BMW offers talented young drivers more than just a car. In the Education and Coaching Programme 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."

In December 2005 the Bahrain International Circuit will host the first Formula BMW World Final. Young racing drivers from the four regional Formula BMW series will compete against each other. The winner will get the chance to test a BMW WilliamsF1 Team car.

-bmw.usa-

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Christian Klien
Teams Williams