30 applicants for 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development Program

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (OCT. 6, 2001) - Thirty (30) sprint car drivers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand have filed official applications for the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program. The selection committee, which ...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (OCT. 6, 2001) - Thirty (30) sprint car drivers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand have filed official applications for the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program. The selection committee, which includes representatives from each of the three countries, will narrow the field down to one international driver who will then be given the chance of a lifetime to pilot a Gaerte-powered J&J Auto Racing sprint car under the guidance of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bob Trostle at the legendary Knoxville Raceway during the full 2002 season. The successful candidate will be named at the National Sprint Car Poll Awards Reception at the Indianapolis Westin on Thursday evening, November 29, in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show.

According to KIDD program founder Roger Johnson of Memphis, Tenn., "We are thrilled at the response to this unique international development program from both drivers and manufacturers. The thirty applicants represent a very diverse group of talented drivers who wish to broaden their personal and professional horizons by competing for one full season at Knoxville under the guidance of veteran mechanic and builder Bob Trostle. I also want to thank Jack Elam at J&J, Earl Gaerte, Glen Sander, Mike Lev and everyone at Pro-Shocks for their commitments to this inaugural effort, too."

The applicants from Australia are Trevor Green, Adelaide, SA; David Murcott, South Morang, VIC; Andrew Scheuerle, Toowoomba, QLD; Roy Wright, Kilsyth, VIC; Troy Little, Riverstone, NSW; Allan Nash, Bedford, WA; Adam Constable, Kingswood, NSW; Cameron Gessner, Toowoomba, QLD; Stephen Bell, Brisbane, QLD; Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW; Jeremy Warren, Perth, WA; Sean Dennis, Bundamba, QLD; Troy Shiells, Warrnambool, VIC; Warren Ferguson, Sydney, NSW; Grant Anderson, Albury, NSW; Tony Moule, Kooweerup, VIC; Kelly Linigen, Sydney, NSW; Michael Walsh, Cairns, QLD; Todd Wanless, Rocklea, QLD; and Daryn Maggs, Lilydale, VIC.

Canadian applicants include Jesse Dakus, Edmonton, AB; Warren Mahoney, Lefroy, ONT; Ryan Hunsinger, Caledonia, ONT; and Michael Galajda, Delaware, ONT.

KIDD applicants from New Zealand are Corey Haigh, Auckland; Gregory Pickerill, Hamilton; Steven Walsh, North Shore City; Michael McCall, Auckland; Tom Rusher, Hamilton; and Peter Walsh, Oamaru.

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