HILLIARD, OH (May 22, 2002) -- The Snap-on Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow presented by RACER revealed the prize behind the previously announced RACER magazine "Karter of the Year" award to be presented at season's end. The newly-termed "Karters of...
HILLIARD, OH (May 22, 2002) -- The Snap-on Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow presented by RACER revealed the prize behind the previously announced RACER magazine "Karter of the Year" award to be presented at season's end.
The newly-termed "Karters of the Year presented by RACER" will award the top ICC and ICA drivers for the Stars 2003 season with a Team Rahal-Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic test.
"We are pleased to offer a full, official test to our top drivers in the premier categories," said Team Rahal owner and Stars principal Bobby Rahal. "We view this program as much more than a once-in-a-lifetime ride. The two drivers will go through the normal test process with our Toyota Atlantic team -- a type of car they may quite possibly be driving within a very short time."
The two drivers will receive an all expenses paid trip to Team Rahal headquarters in Ohio for a seat fitting and then travel to a yet to be determined test track. Each driver will get one full day of testing in the car, currently driven by Danica Patrick on the Toyota Atlantic circuit.
"RACER is committed to helping develop and feature racing talent. This award we present with Team Rahal for Stars provides an excellent opportunity to showcase two exciting series and two very talented drivers," said RACER publisher Ian Havard.
The awards will go to the champion driver in the Intercontinental C (shifter) and Intercontinental A (direct drive) classes. Additional eligibility requirements are that the drivers must race in all the events in their division plus the Stars Karting Championships at California Speedway in November. Drivers also must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the test and, if they are a minor, have parental consent.
"We started Stars by offering a Team Rahal Champ Car ride back in 2000," said Stars founder Bryan Herta. "Although a great event for the driver, I believe a Toyota Atlantic test provides an experience with more relevant application for where these drivers are in their careers. Plus, with our association with RACER we can now provide more press coverage of this event which is always good for aspiring drivers."
The total value of the award is more than $50,000. All expenses will be paid by Stars and RACER.
The Champ Car 'Stars of Tomorrow' presented by RACER karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by racing star Bryan Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK International standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.
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