CHAMPCAR/CART: Adam Macrow selected to Gillette Young Guns at Gold Coast

Adam Macrow Scores Gillette Young Gun Drive At 2001 Honda Indy 300 Twenty two-year old Adam Macrow was the lucky tenth driver to be selected for a drive in the Gillette Young Guns category at this year's Honda Indy 300, event officials announced...

Adam Macrow Scores Gillette Young Gun Drive At 2001 Honda Indy 300

Twenty two-year old Adam Macrow was the lucky tenth driver to be selected for a drive in the Gillette Young Guns category at this year's Honda Indy 300, event officials announced today.

Macrow was selected via a poll conducted on www.rpmlive.tv where he received a staggering 15,057 votes as the preferred driver for the tenth spot. The poll was promoted on Network Ten's RPM and on the website for the show.

Macrow won ahead of Craig Dontas (12,138), Nathan Thomas (7,085) and Andrew Jones (6,181). Dontas is first reserve for the category, and will receive a drive in the event of injury or illness to one of the selected drivers.

The Victorian mechanic Macrow was three times National Go Kart Champion, a period in which he also won Ten State titles. In 1998, he was the Australian Formula Ford Champion. Since then, he has driven in the past four Bathurst enduro's, this year partnering fellow Gillette Young Gun Luke Youlden in a Castrol Perkins Commodore. The pair did not finish after Youlden came off the track at the top of Mount Panorama during a hailstorm on lap 85 of the 161-lap classic. His best result in a V8 Supercar is 10th in the Queensland 500 last year with John Faulkner.

Developed for the first time last year, the Gillette Young Guns concept will see 10 young drivers go head-to-head in brand new and identical Honda Integra Type Rs at one of the world's most spectacular racing venues.

The 10 drivers who were selected to race in the category are:
Dean Canto,
Luke Youlden
Peter Hackett
Owen Kelly
Troy Hunt
Wil Power
Jamie Whincup
James Manderson
Mark Winterbottom
Adam Macrow
(Reserve: Craig Dontas)

A highly credentialed selection panel was chosen to evaluate the many young hopefuls wanting to be involved in the event that offers a $10,000 first prize.

Honda will make only minor modifications to the ten Integra Type Rs- around 50kg of parts, including the rear seat and spare wheel, will be removed to make way for a full roll cage and other safety equipment. The cars will be supplied by Honda dealers and built by Honda Australia with the support of sponsors Faulken Tyres and Conrad Jupiters.

The Gillette Young Guns will have two practice sessions on the opening Thursday of the four-day meeting with official qualifying the following day. The young stars will then have a nationally televised race on both Saturday and Sunday.

-GYG-

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Series IndyCar , Road racing
Drivers John Faulkner , Andrew Jones , Dean Canto , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Owen Kelly , Peter Hackett , Adam Macrow