The first four aspiring American racing champions win their shot at glory in the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program! Sprocket Indoor of Clive, Iowa is the first of 26 indoor go-kart centers to produce their four local winners in the 2003 Red...
The first four aspiring American racing champions win their shot at glory in the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program!
Sprocket Indoor of Clive, Iowa is the first of 26 indoor go-kart centers to produce their four local winners in the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program.
NEW YORK, NY (25 April 2003) -- In a unique and dramatic "winners-take-all" go-kart elimination race at Sprocket Indoor, the famed and popular energy drink Red Bull selected 4 budding racing champions, placing them within reach of an American dream. Jesse Smith, Adam Lundstrum, Ryan Wilkening and Kelly Pierce beat off the local competition to take their place in the next phase of the Red Bull Driver Search program.
From 1 April through 18 May, 26 Selection Events across the country are giving thousands of aspiring racers between the ages of 16 to 19, male or female, a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the top. The objective of these events is to find talented young racers with the skill and determination to progress into Phase 2 of the Red Bull Driver Search program. Ultimately, these drivers must possess the drive and ambition necessary to race in Europe in the junior formulae necessary to reach Formula 1.
The four drivers chosen from Sprocket Indoor will represent their karting center in Phase 2 at one of four regional outdoor go-kart events organized and run by Red Bull. Our Clive winners will join 100 other such winners from around the country, where they will fight it out for a spot in the Semi-Final Qualifying Event, in Sebring, Florida in 2 liter race cars.
In Sebring, 12 go-kart winners will be joined by 12 other racers selected by expert 'undercover scouts' from the traditional U.S. racing formulae.
The Red Bull quest for the best will climax in October at the famed Paul Ricard Circuit in France, where 10 of the best racers will be tested and the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search winners will be chosen.
The 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program aims to discover and support highly talented young drivers already in racing, as well as the "diamond in the rough," lacking the knowledge and contacts needed to embark on a career in racing. The long term goal is to have a steady group of 4 to 6 American drivers racing in Europe, groomed to break into Formula 1 and compete for the World Championship.
Jessie Smith's parents were a bit more excited than Jessie, who obviously, already has his "race face" on. Bea Smith thinks karting is expensive, but Jessie doesn't like other sports, so it is worth it. They finally found something Jessie likes to do.
Jessie's Dad, Jim said,"Oh my!" when he was told about the full program and how Jessie might progress. "What a dream!"
Adam Lundstrum is a huge Formula 1 fan and believes he is the only F1 racing fan in Iowa. His heart beats for racing and can't wait to move on to the next Phase of the Red Bull Driver Search.
Adam's dad is a former racer and is certain that Adam got his racing genes. The only problem is, it "makes me mad -- my son is faster than me, and I'm FAST!"
Kelly Pierce actually works as a mechanic at Sprockets Indoor and has only been in a go kart 5 times. "I've only worked at Sprockets for 3 weeks, but I've been around racing all my life. My Dad raced and my uncle is a flagman, so it must be in my blood. I had a blast and I look forward to being part of the Red Bull Driver Search program. It is pretty cool!"
Ryan Wilkening was unavailable for comment.