Finalist named for KIDD program

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (NOV. 7, 2001) - The "final four" sprint car drivers each from Australia, Canada and New Zealand have been identified in the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program. One of the twelve drivers will be...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (NOV. 7, 2001) - The "final four" sprint car drivers each from Australia, Canada and New Zealand have been identified in the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program. One of the twelve drivers will 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 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 very proud of the twelve KIDD program finalists. They represent some of the finest young racing talent from these countries, and we are eager to give one of them an absolutely unique opportunity to represent himself and his nation at the 'Sprint Car Capital of the World' in 2002. We also want to thank the other nineteen applicants for their interest in the first-year program; clearly, the selection process has not been an easy one for the committee. 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 effort!"

The finalists from Australia are Stephen Bell, Brisbane, QLD; Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW; Troy Little, Riverstone, NSW; and David Murcott, South Morang, VIC.

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

The KIDD "final four" from New Zealand are Corey Haigh, Auckland; Michael McCall, Auckland; Gregory Pickerill, Hamilton; and Tom Rusher, Hamilton.

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