USA: Indianapolis to spotlight young talent

FORMULA BMW USA RETURNING TO USGP FOR TWO RACES Races to put young talent in spotlight INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, June 10, 2005 -- The Formula BMW USA development series will race June 18-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a support event...

FORMULA BMW USA RETURNING TO USGP FOR TWO RACES
Races to put young talent in spotlight

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, June 10, 2005 -- The Formula BMW USA development series will race June 18-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a support event during the United States Grand Prix for the second consecutive year.

Formula BMW USA races will take place at 2:30 p.m. (local time) Saturday, June 18 and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19. Each race, which will be Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2005 season, will cover 14 laps on the 2.605-mile road circuit at IMS.

The open-wheel series, which began U.S. competition in 2004, was founded to develop the driving skills, fitness and marketing savvy of talented young drivers. The series aims to help drivers from North, South and Central America to take the next step in their driving career. Many have one goal: a shot at the Formula One World Championship.

There are a total of four Formula BMW championship series around the world: Formula BMW Asia, Formula BMW Germany, Formula BMW UK and Formula BMW USA.

In December 2005, the Bahrain International Circuit will play host to 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 a Formula One test drive.

BMW provides each team and driver with first-class technology at an affordable price, rigorous safety standards, professional training and a scholarship program.

The main aim of the series is to support motorsports at the grassroots level by offering drivers the comprehensive training they need to make the move into formula racing. All participants race with identical equipment, and teams are not allowed to enhance the car's performance by making construction changes such as adding or removing parts. The only way in which they can alter its performance is by making limited alterations to the setup.

This means that all the drivers compete on a level playing field, both financially and technically, and on a relatively low budget.

The FB02 single-seater car used in Formula BMW is propelled by a 140-horsepower BMW engine, with speeds up to 140 mph. BMW Motorsport has developed the FORS Formula Rescue Race Seat especially for Formula BMW. The HANS® safety system is also mandatory.

In 2004 Formula BMW USA competition at the United States Grand Prix, two American drivers took home a victory: Jonathan Summerton in race No. 1 and Matt Jaskol in race No. 2.

Summerton, 17, will return to the USGP to defend his race title. After earning four victories and finishing third in the Formula BMW USA points in 2004, he moved to Germany in 2005 to compete in the Formula BMW series in Germany for Team Rosberg, owned by 1982 Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg.

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Formula BMW USA series will take place during the Canadian Grand Prix on June 10-12 at Montreal. Kevin Lacroix of St-Eustache, Quebec, leads the series standings after four races.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Keke Rosberg , Kevin Lacroix , Jonathan Summerton , Matt Jaskol