Drive4USA selects Michael McDowell

Drive4USA selects Michael McDowell for 2004 Atlanta, GA: Drive4USA will be displayed as a major sponsor of Michael McDowell's entry in the 2004 Star Mazda Series Championship. The Drive4USA logo will be prominently displayed on the entry for all...

Drive4USA selects Michael McDowell for 2004

Atlanta, GA: Drive4USA will be displayed as a major sponsor of Michael McDowell's entry in the 2004 Star Mazda Series Championship. The Drive4USA logo will be prominently displayed on the entry for all Star Mazda race events and McDowell will participate as a spokesman for the Drive4USA initiative.

"The addition of McDowell to represent Drive4USA is precisely the kind of driver we want to help during this critical phase of a driver's career," said Drive4USA Director, Rick Waddell. "Our goal is to select the very best drivers possible and help them achieve their goals of moving up the open-wheel racing ladder system. I am confident that Michael has the talent, the dedication and the 'drive' to succeed. I am proud of the role that Drive4USA will play in helping him to achieve his ambitions."

Added McDowell, "I am excited to be selected as part of the Drive4USA initiative. It is a great program and has helped numerous drivers compete. I look forward to working with Rick Waddell and being a part of the Drive4USA team."

Drive4USA is an initiative developed over the past several years that selects and assists various up-and-coming American drivers compete in open-wheel classes of motorsport. As more and more drivers are selected as part of the program, the credibility and significance related to the choice itself is of increasing importance. To be selected as a "Drive4USA" driver tells the motorsport community, both press and public alike, that the selected driver is one who possesses special talents, both on the track and off of it. He/she warrants the attention of those who seek the best drivers from the American training ground ladder system. McDowell is the latest addition to this growing list of Drive4USA drivers. McDowell earned his Drive4USA support by winning the 2003 "Rookie of the Year" honor in the Star Mazda series as well as his professional attitude and sportsmanship principles.

In addition to McDowell, Lynx Racing's Bryan Sellers, will again participate as a Drive4USA driver for the 2004 season. This marks the first time in Drive4USA history, that more than one "up-and-coming" driver has represented Drive4USA at the same time. In the past, numerous Toyota Atlantic drivers have been participants including Pete Mercier, Andy Lally, Case Montgomery and Grant Ryley.

Drive4USA is the creation of veteran motorsport enthusiast and participant, Rick Waddell. The inspiration for the program started when Waddell noted the general lack of American driver participation at the highest levels of professional motorsport. Waddell's goal was to help change that fact by providing funds and general support for drivers who represent the very best of the next generation of open-wheel driving stars. Corporate support for the initiative includes media sponsors Motorsport.com and FormulaCar Magazine.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Grant Ryley , Andy Lally , Michael McDowell , Bryan Sellers