Red Bull F1 Driver Search Candidates Unveiled

Organisers of the Red Bull Formula Driver Search programme revealed the identities of the 15 American drivers who will fight for fully funded racing seasons in 2003.

Red Bull F1 Driver Search Candidates Unveiled

Organisers of the Red Bull Formula Driver Search programme revealed the identities of the 15 American drivers who will fight for fully funded racing seasons in 2003.

The initiative aims find and fund United States' most promising young drivers in order for America to have a Formula One driver again in a near future. There has not been an American driver in Grand Prix racing since 1993, when Michael Andretti drove for the McLaren team.

The programme will fund the young Americans' championships such as British Formula Ford, Formula BMW, German and British Formula Three.

The drivers will be assessed in a five-day testing programme at a racetrack in France in mid-October, and a panel of judges that includes former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger among others will select four drivers who will be financially backed by Red Bull Energy Drink to race in European junior formula in 2003.

The drivers chosen for Red Bull's programme were Michael Abbate, A.J. Allmendinger, Paul Edwards, Phil Giebler, Joey Hand, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Patrick Long, Grant Maiman, Rocky Moran Jr., Joel Nelson, Scott Poirer, Boston Reid, Bryan Sellers, Scott Speed and Bobby Wilson.

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