The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, located at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma Cal. has agreed to become the Official School of the Series to Advance American Racing Talent, STAART. For the next three years, Russell will provide scholarships to...
The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, located at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma Cal. has agreed to become the Official School of the Series to Advance American Racing Talent, STAART. For the next three years, Russell will provide scholarships to the top three finishers of the STAART Pro-Invitational event to help them prepare for their test day in the STAART Pro F2000 car.
“I believe the Jim Russell Racing School and the USAC Formula Russell Championship series are the finest programs available to provide our young racing talent with the proper techniques to safely pilot a racecar and launch their professional motorsports careers,” said Marvin Justus of Horstman Manufacturing. “We are pleased to see that the Jim Russell organization believes in the STAART program, as we do, and is willing to join us in the proper development of our drivers so that they can make the transition from a successful karting career to the next level, racing formula cars.”
“We immediately saw the potential of the program and wanted to participate once we learned more about STAART,” said Kjell Kallman, Director of Sales and Marketing for Jim Russell Racing. “It is a natural fit for each of us – STAART has a vision to train and deliver the best karting talent for the motorsports community to evaluate for professional driving positions, and Russell is in the business of training racecar drivers and cultivating driving talent for careers in the sport. Our association with STAART will also help us achieve our long term goals of working with the karting community.”
The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School will provide scholarship packages that include a three-day Techniques of Racing Course, a three-day Advanced Racing Course, plus a lapping day and two USAC Formula Russell races to each of the top three finishers of the HPV Pro-Invitational race through 2001. “Once each of the drivers completes the training and the races, he or she will be qualified for their SCCA National Competition racing license, and can move on to the next step of the STAART program,” said Justus. In addition to the three scholarships, Russell will offer all kart drivers invited to the Las Vegas showdown special discounts on its racing courses, and will assist the winners to compete in the USAC Formula Russell Championship with special incentives.
After successful completion of the schools and races, all three drivers will be invited to the STAART Run-Offs. Cape Motorsports will run the program scoring each driver on four criteria: fastest lap – 20%, consistency – 35%, 6-lap average – 35 %, and personal evaluation – 10%. The driver with the highest points total will be awarded a full race weekend at a scheduled Pro-F2000 race with sponsorship from Van Diemen, Quicksilver Racing Engines, and Pi Research.
For more information the about the STAART Program, contact Richard Zimmerman at Horstman Manufacturing, 760-598-2100, or visit their website at www.horstmanclutches.com.
To learn more about the courses and racing series the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School has to offer, call 707-939-7600, or visit their website at, www.russellracing.com.