World Speed Motorsports SuperNats Rising Star Award for 2004 For the third consecutive year World Speed Motorsports will offer a free test to a winner at the Las Vegas SuperNationals. The driver who finishes on top in the 80 Junior class will be...
World Speed Motorsports SuperNats Rising Star Award for 2004
For the third consecutive year World Speed Motorsports will offer a free test to a winner at the Las Vegas SuperNationals. The driver who finishes on top in the 80 Junior class will be awarded a free test in the team's Fran-Am 1600 car. The car is a purpose built carbon tub racecar with a no-lift shift sequential gearbox, and has been a favorite of Karters looking to move into cars.
Previous winners of the "Rising Star Award" have been Scott Speed, Alan Sciuto, and Brad Coleman. Speed tested in the World Speed Star Mazda, went on to win his first Star Series event, and was selected for the Red Bull Drivers Search. Sciuto and Coleman got a free test in the Fran-Am 1600. Sciuto continued his winning ways in SKUSA while testing with World Speed during 2003. Coleman ran the entire season, was on the podium five times, and brought home runner up Rookie of the Year Award for 2003.
World Speed Motorsports' intention is to bridge the gap between karting and professional motorsports in hopes to field more young American drivers in the top ranks such as F1, CART, and Indy. For 2004 WSM will be returning to the Star Mazda Series. They've competed in the series for 10 years, won 6 Championships and were runner-up every year they didn't take the Championship. The team will also continue in the Fran-Am West Series for 2004. Fran-Am allows training of drivers as young as 14, preparing them for more powerful cars like the new pro Mazda and Toyota Atlantic. The Fran-Am West Pro Series is run on the west coast, so travel and transport costs are kept very reasonable.