Place at Phase 2 of the Red Bull F1 Driver Search
again, three more drivers from kart racing have advanced to the
Sebring Finals in the Red Bull Driver Search. David Jurca, (18)
of Seattle, WA, Tad "Bud" Funakoshi, (16) of Galt, CA
and Wesley Boswell, (19) of Alameda, CA celebrated victory at Infineon
Raceway, Sonoma, CA in Phase 2 of the 2003 Red Bull Driver Search.
The three kart racers advance to the Semi Final Event, being held
in Sebring, FL from 3-5 September. All of the nine drivers selected
thus far have come from kart racing and have extensive backgrounds.
Other drivers include Tony Loniewski, Brandon Adkins and Adam Johnson
from the South Bend race and Travis Firing, John Johnson and Alex
Speed from the Charlotte round. One round remains and set for Irwindale
Speedway August 19.
A long day of practice, qualifying and heated competition tested
the stamina and commitment of these young drivers, who are ultimately
competing for a Red Bull racing sponsorship for 2004.
The 22 participants competed in Rotax JR FR-125 go-karts with purpose
built CRG racing kart chassis, at the impressive international Jim
Russell karting track. Jurca dominated the day, setting quick times
in all practice and qualifying sessions and started from the pole
in the semi-final and final race. The final race was intensely close
with less than a second separating the top 5 drivers. Jurca, who
drives for Italian Motors, is very accomplished with his most recent
gain as the West Zone Pro IC Champion on the SKUSA PMT Tour.
Both Boswell and Funakoshi are excellent drivers as well who joined
MRP Motorsports last June. Boswell recently picked up the S1 Championship
West Zone title for SKUSA with four wins, a second and a 10th in
the series. Funakoshi didn’t fare as well this season; however
he won the S1 class at last year’s SuperNationals and ranked
In addition, we have recently learned from Cindy Wiegand, that
Kyle Wiegand has recently received a personal invitation to advance
to Sebring and based it on his exception performance at South Bend.
Head of the program, Danny Sullivan directed race proceedings and
offered advice and inspiration to these future American racing champions.
At the semi final, the three winners will race alongside six other
karters who triumphed at similar regional events in Indiana and
Charlotte. A final three karters will be selected at Irwindale,
Calif. Among the karters we know who will be competing are Alan
Sciuto of Orange, Calif., and Michael Johnson of Dallas. At Sebring,
the 12 karters will join 12 other racers who will have been chosen
by ‘expert undercover scouts’ from traditional U.S.
racing formula, where they will compete in 2 liter race cars. 10
drivers will be invited to travel to the Final Event at the Estoril
Circuit in Portugal.
This elite group of 10 finalists will be assessed at this former
Formula 1 World Championship track, in October. The chosen winners
will earn a seat with a leading team, racing in a European junior-series
championship, for 2004.
The 2003 Red Bull Driver Search program aims to discover and support
highly talented young drivers already in racing, as well as the
"diamond in the rough," lacking the knowledge and contacts
needed to embark on a career in racing. The long-term goal is to
have a steady group of 4 to 6 American drivers racing in Europe,
groomed to break into Formula 1 and compete for the World Championship.
For additional info visit http://www.redbulldriversearch.com
or e-mail Maxim Sports Management, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org