Champion Racing to run third Speed GT Car for open-wheel star at Mid-Ohio and Road America. POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (June 14, 2002) - SPEED World Challenge GT team Champion Racing announced today that it will be fielding three cars for the series'...
Champion Racing to run third Speed GT Car for open-wheel star at Mid-Ohio and Road America.
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (June 14, 2002) - SPEED World Challenge GT team Champion Racing announced today that it will be fielding three cars for the series' next two rounds at Mid-Ohio and Road America. Promising young American open-wheel driver Joel Nelson, of Reno, Nev., will drive the No. 3 Audi S4 Competition at both events, joining regular pilots Michael Galati and Derek Bell.
Nelson, the current championship point leader in both the U.S.-based Formula Russell Championship and the British Formula Palmer Audi Championship, is understandably upbeat about his first taste of SPEED World Challenge competition.
"I'm incredibly excited about the opportunity to make a contribution to the Champion Audi team," said Nelson. "It will be a fantastic opportunity to work with such an accomplished and professional team. I'm planning on absorbing as much information and knowledge as possible during our time together."
Nelson, 20, began driving karts at age 16, and won Rookie of the Year honors in his first season. He competed in kart racing for 4 years, the last two of which were in the 125cc shifter class.
Last December, Nelson topped over 100 drivers in the Jim Russell Racing School Graduate Run-offs. He was the judges' unanimous choice to receive a fully-sponsored season in the Formula Russell Championship series.
Just days after receiving that award, Nelson was off to England to test a turbocharged Formula Palmer Audi, at the invitation of Dr. Jonathan Palmer, former Formula One driver and series owner. The test went very well, and resulted in Nelson contesting both the FPA series, with backing from Audi, and the Formula Russell series in 2002.
In his spare time, Nelson is a test driver/driving instructor for Palmer Sport Motorsport Corporate Hospitality.