Bussell continues to shine leading into 2003. MRP Birel driver, Nick Bussell, awarded motorsports scholarships. Three Oaks, MI -- Nick Bussell's season is far from over. Even after locking up the 2002 SKUSA ProMoto Tour S1 Championship and...
Bussell continues to shine leading into 2003.
MRP Birel driver, Nick Bussell, awarded motorsports scholarships.
Three Oaks, MI -- Nick Bussell's season is far from over. Even after locking up the 2002 SKUSA ProMoto Tour S1 Championship and sitting on pole for the SuperNationals, the accolades are still coming in. In the past thirty days, Bussell was awarded three separate run-off scholarships to help him take the step into car racing, including the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship RunOff, Fran-Am "Shootout in the Desert" and the Jim Russell Racing School Graduate RunOffs. Bussell has been impressive in karting this year, taking both WKA and SKUSA championships, just one of the reason of his selection into these scholarship programs.
"Getting just one of these opportunities would be great," said Bussell. "But to get all of these opportunities at nearly the same time was amazing. It says a lot to me that three separate organizations would award me this chance. It was interesting to schedule everything -- and it all seemed to fit right into place."
Bussell was already awarded a "finalist" spot in the Fran-Am "Shootout in the Desert" process, placing in the top three of twelve of the top karters in North America a chance to impress judges made up of magazine publishers, professional race drivers and racing professionals. He was awarded a funded test in a Fran-Am 1600 car. This format was more about presenting yourself and communication than driving, giving Bussell a chance to see the necessary tasks of a driver when not in a racecar.
"We were definitely encouraged to introduce ourselves to teams and people in the industry," commented Bussell. "The information on marketing and communication was great, while meeting guys like Ross Bentley and Didier Theys (both judges and professional race drivers) was a welcomed bonus."
Bussell will next travel to Sonoma, CA for the Jim Russell Racing School's Graduate RunOffs in early December then cross-country to Sebring, FL for the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship selection process before testing will begin for the 2003 karting campaign with MRP Motorsport and Birel. Bussell will move to the SuperPro class in SKUSA competition for next season and will also campaign the SKUSA Florida Winter Tour to tune up for the 2003 season.
"Kart racing and MRP have been great for me," said Bussell. "Obviously, my goal is to become a professional race driver, but I am also focused on finishing out my karting career on top. MRP has given me the tools throughout my karting career to get me where I am, so I am pretty confident going into next season."