Winners of phase one of driver search report

The Red Bull Driver Search finds 104 aspiring American racing champions to progress to Phase 2 of 2003 program. NEW YORK, NY (30 May 2003) -- Phase 1 of the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program came to a dramatic close, as 26 indoor go-kart...

The Red Bull Driver Search finds 104 aspiring American racing champions to progress to Phase 2 of 2003 program.

NEW YORK, NY (30 May 2003) -- Phase 1 of the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program came to a dramatic close, as 26 indoor go-kart centers across the country wrapped up their Selection Events, producing 104 winners.

One of the winners from Berwick, Iowa, Adam Lundstrum emotionally summed up the reaction for all of the 104, "This is an unbelievable opportunity, I never knew how to make a career out of racing - my heart beats for racing!"

In this unprecedented program supported by Red Bull, the famed and popular energy drink, hundreds of ambitious teenagers tested their talent in pursuit of an American racing dream. 94 young men and 10 young women, between the ages of 16 and 19 careered past local competitors to progress to Phase 2 of the program.

Only those drivers who showed absolute determination and inherent skill succeeded in moving forward to Phase 2. These 104 winners will take their place at one of four regional outdoor go-kart events organized and run by Red Bull from mid June through mid August. After two days of intense practice and competition, 3 tenacious teenagers, with the drive and ambition required to race in Europe, will be selected from each region to compete in the Semi-Final Event in Sebring, Florida.

In Sebring, the 12 go-kart winners will join 12 racers selected by expert 'undercover scouts' from traditional U.S. racing formulae, where they will compete in 2 liter race cars.

The quest for the best will climax in October at the famed Paul Ricard Circuit in France, where the 10 finalists will test and compete for a place on the Red Bull Junior Team.

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.

2003 Red Bull Driver Search program 104 Indoor Go-Kart Winners

Speedway Indoor, Phoenix, AZ
Robert Billson (19) - Phoenix, AZ
Mike Bonneau (17) - Scottsdale, AZ
Stacy Klyn (19) - Mesa, AZ
Nathan Wrobel (19) - Phoenix, AZ

Dromo One, Orange, CA
Steven Elliott (18) - Norco, CA
Michael Mantel (19) - Redondo Beach, CA
Alan Sciuto (15) - Orange, CA
Cassandra Quaglierini (17) - Irvin, CA

SpeedRing Indoor Kart Racing, Santa Clara, CA
Tad Funakushi (16) - Galt, CA
Nick Green (16) - San Hose, CA
Wesley Boswell (19) - Alameda, CA
AJ Pifferni (16) - Santa Cruz, CA

Race Place Motorsports, Sacramento, CA
Brad Ahlm (18) - Rocklyn, CA
Benny Moon (18) - Shingle Springs, CA
Shane Parvin (18) - Wilton, CA
Steven Tiner (17) - Elverta, CA

Denver Indoor Kart Racing, Denver, CO
Dustin Couter (19) - Englewood, CO
Chris Clark (18) - Denver, CO
Bret Galegor (17) - Aurora, CO
Chris Sheil (18) - Lakewood, CO

Andretti Speed Lab, Roswell, GA
Chris Wehrheim (17) -Norcross, GA
Daniel Connor (17) - Duluth, GA
Drew Cattel (17) - Alpharetta, GA
Mary Mossey (16) - Norcross, GA

Sprockets Karting, Clive, IA
Jessie Smith (16) - Harford, IA
Adam Lundstrum (18) - Berwick, IA
Ryan Wilkening (19) - Monroe, IA
Kelly Pierce (18) - Earlham, IA

F1 Indoor Karting, Bettendorf, IA
Mike Dittmer (17) - Davenport, IA
Adam Johnson (17) - Marshalltown, IA
Mike Sellers (16) - Moline, IL
Andrew Merlino (19) - Iowa City, IA

Sliders Indoor Kart, Boise ID
Alex Clarke (16) - Boise, ID
Ryan Altemeier (19) - Boise, ID
Jason Archer (20) - Boise, ID
Bryce Getusky (17) - Boise, ID

Fastimes Indoor Karting, Indianapolis IN
Eric Sove (19) - Zionsville, IN
Kyle Wiegand (16) - Indianapolis, IN
Matt Thompson (16) - Greenwood IN
Charles Kothe (20) - Indianapolis, IN

Competition Racing, Lawrenceburg, IN
Billy Magers (18) - Dillsboro, IN
Chris Luckey (19) - Cincinnati, OH
Richard Luckey (19) - Cincinnati, OH
Eddie Gilday (19) - Cincinnati, OH

F1 Boston, Braintree, MA
Matthew Dusenberry (16) - Marblehead, MA
Joseph Manning (15) - Holden, MA
Dillon Benros (16) - E. Providence, RI
Susie Mc Illroy (18) - Middletown, NY

Kart2Kart, Sterling Heights, MI
Matt Jendrzejewski (18) - Sterling Heights, MI
Jessica Lafevers (20) - Rochester Hills, MI
David Misch (18) - Sterling Heights, MI
Stephen Richardson (17) - Ray Twp, MI

Thunder Alley Indoor Speedway, Brooklyn Center, MN
Tony Richter (17) - Crystal, MN
Shane Berndt (17) - Brooklyn Center, MN
Amanda Stoddard (17) - Elk River, MN
Brandon Stroschein (19) - Shoreview, MN

ProKart Indoors, Burnsville, MN
Paul Hennum (18) - Blaine, MN
Ashley Betts (16) - Andover, MN
Adam Dally (17) - Taylor Falls, MN
Kevin Linnersten (16) - Burnsville, MN

Victory Lane Indoor Karting, Charlotte, NC
Chad McCumbee (19) - Supply, NC
Ronnie Cunagin (19) - Statesville, NC
Mike Hampton (17) - Fort Mill, SC
Travis Firing (19) - Cherryville, NC

Speeds, Columbus, OH
Brandon Adkins (18) - Port Washington, OH
Kyle Hamilton (15) - Westerville, OH
Tony Loniewski (18) - Michigan City, IN
Ross Reznor (17) - Worthington, OH

Davy Jones Kartzone, Houston, TX
Hector Sepulveda (18) - Houston, TX
Sunil Martinez (18) - Houston, TX
Erin Wagner (16) - Houston, TX
Tyler Rodgers (17) - Tomball. TX

TBC, Dallas, TX
Amber Martinez (16) - Saginaw, TX
Nathan Thompson (16) - Garland, TX
Trevor Ott (16) - Rockwell, TX
Michael Johnson (19) - Dallas, TX

RPM Indoor Raceway, Round Rock, TX
Bradley Riethmeyer (19) - Hutto, TX
Ryan Haring (19) - Bastrop, TX
Michael Umscheid (18) - Cedar Park, TX
Rusty Redden (17) - Round Rock, TX

Nascart Indoor, Salt Lake City, UT
Christopher Longfellow (16) - Layton, UT
Ryan Thomson (19) - Morgan, UT
Jay Smith (18) - West Jordan, UT
Michael Robertson (18) - Springville, UT

All Sports GP, Dulles, VA
Donny Warren (16) - Winchester, VA
Danyel Torres (19) - Centreville, VA
Chrstopher Fleear (19) - Virginia Beach, VA
Matthew Douglas (19) - Newark, DE

Champs Karting, Seattle, WA
Tyler Coudare (17) - Kirkland, WA
Jason Cocking (16) - Snohomish, WA
Derrick McNeil (18) - Bellevue, WA
Chris Ahl (16) - Seattle, WA

SyKart Indoor Racing Center
David Jurca (18) - Federal Way, WA
Barrett Kaubisch (18) - Kent, WA
Bradely Chinn (18) - Kent, WA
Dustin Coleman (19) - Kent, WA

Nascart Indoor, Spokane, WA
Brett Bretthauer (16) - Newport, WA
Shelby Thompson (18) - Spokane, WA
Jason Raling (18) - Colbert, WA
Heather Frank (18) - Veradale, WA

HotTrack, Vancouver, WA
Sean Mataya (19) - Vancouver, WA
Colt Smith (19) - Vancouver, WA
Clark Lukens (18) - Vancouver, WA
Derek Schoessler (16) - Portland, OR

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