Every year since 1990, a handful of talented, young American racers are nominated to compete abroad in a race series selected by Jeremy Shaw. Shaw, editor of Champ Car Magazine, founded this program to aid in the awareness of these aspiring...
Every year since 1990, a handful of talented, young American racers are nominated to compete abroad in a race series selected by Jeremy Shaw. Shaw, editor of Champ Car Magazine, founded this program to aid in the awareness of these aspiring drivers moving up the racing ladder. The candidates go through a few levels of "tests" to determine which two drivers are selected as the winners. These two drivers are to compete this year in the New Zealand International Formula Ford Championship.
Jimmy Vasser, Memo Gidley, Bryan Herta all have been winners in this program.
This year's nominees are: A.J. Allmendinger, Scott Bradley, Travis Irving, Scott Jenkins, Kyle Krisloff, Jon Morley, Danica Patrick, Mike Potekhen, Oliver Rowen, Bryan Sellers, Scott Speed and Davy Cook.
"We were all asked for an essay about our accomplishments both on and off track," siad Davy explaining the process. "We then were all invited out to the Laguna Seca race on the weekend of Oct. 14th to participate in an interview/forum with all the judges/supporters of the program. Many of the most influential media personelle were on hand to meet us. Jeremy Shaw was then able to narrow the candidates down to five to compete in a shootout at Buttonwillow racetrack on October 24th in the Jim Russel Mazda racecars. Among the finalists were Bryan Sellers, A.J. Allmendinger, Scott Speed, Scott Jenkins and myself. Five cars were run with each participant alternating cars for five sessions. Consistency, and speed along with professionalism off track were closely observed. There were multiple judges on hand to record this information and relay it back to Jeremy Shaw who was in Australia. The two winners will be announced during the CART race finale at California Speedway on November 4th."
- Davy Cook
Barber Dodge Pro Series driver