Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (August 2, 2011) – The selection process for this year’s Team USA Scholarship program is well under way. A dozen young American drivers have been nominated, hailing from a multitude of racing backgrounds, and this weekend will meet with an illustrious panel of auto racing experts during the IZOD IndyCar Series/American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patron double-header at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The candidates will vie for opportunities to contest two prestigious events in England – the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone – in October and November. All will be looking to follow in the footsteps of an accomplished list of former winners that includes Jimmy Vasser, who won the first Team USA Scholarship in 1990, Bryan Herta, Buddy Rice, A.J. Allmendinger, Joey Hand, Andy Lally, Bryan Sellers, Charlie Kimball, J.R. Hildebrand, Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden
This year’s contenders are:
- Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, Colo. – BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National series leader
- Brandon Newey, 18, Indianapolis, Ind. – BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National (2 wins)
- Sebastian Ordonez, 16, Deerfield Beach, Fla. – BFGoodrich/Skip Barber
- Michael Johnson, 18, Flint, Mich. – Skip Barber Summer Series points leader
- Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, N.J. – BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National /Ontario FF 1600
- Neil Alberico, 18, Los Gatos, Calif. – MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
- Sam Beasley, 17, Cleveland, Ohio – F1600 Championship Series/SCCA Formula E
- Kyle Connery, 20, Vero Beach, Fla. – F2000 Championship Series
- Wyatt Gooden, 22, Gates Mills, Ohio – F1600 Championship Series
- Austin Newmark, 16, Mesa, Ariz. – Bondurant Championship Race Series champion (12 wins)
- Spencer Pigot, 17, Windermere, Fla. – Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship (1 win)
- Dennis Trebing, 19, Cape Coral, Fla. – European Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup
- Zach Veach, 16, Stockdale, Ohio – Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship (1 win)
The adjudicating panel is scheduled to include past scholarship winners Vasser, Hand, Sellers and Hildebrand, plus ALMS drivers Jon Bennett, Darren Law, Patrick Long and Chris McMurry, IZOD IndyCar Series President Randy Bernard, American Le Mans Series President Scott Atherton and Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan.
“There is a tremendous depth of talent at the grassroots of American auto racing these days and I am delighted to be able to offer these gifted youngsters an opportunity to develop their skills,” said Team USA Scholarship founder Jeremy Shaw. “I am so grateful to all the industry insiders who make this program possible and especially to those who are giving up their time this weekend to meet with the latest crop of candidates.”
The Team USA Scholarship has been helping young American drivers since 1990 and is supported by Doug Mockett & Company, Road Racing Drivers Club, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Walldinger Racing, Robo-Pong, INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy, Mazda, Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Honda Performance Development, NameSilo, Silicon Salvage, McMurry Inc., Robertson Racing, PitFit Training, Sparco USA, eFormulaCarNews.com,
Speedstar Management, Styled Aesthetic and Manifest Group as well as numerous past Scholarship winners.
For more information, please visit TeamUSA Scholarship or find us on Facebook.