2016 VMB DRIVER DEVELOPMENT RACING SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED
Enrollment is Now Open for the 2016 VMB Driver Development Academy with World Speed Motorsports
For over 20 years the World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Award has provided a test to young racers looking to move up the open-wheel racing ladder. For the 2014 season, the Rising Star Award added a new component, a full season ride in a FormulaSPEED provided by VMB Driver Development. In 2015 this was taken to a whole new level with the addition of a Pro Mazda Scholarship. For 2016 there are three levels of scholarship available, leading directly into the Mazda Road to Indy.
The FormulaSPEED Scholarship:
The entry point to the program will again be a test of, between three and six drivers in FormulaSPEED race cars. World Speed Motorsports will accept online applications for this test starting on September 25th and closing on October 15th (see eligibility guidelines and entry information below). From those applications, Rising Star Award winners will be selected to participate in the test. Each of the drivers at the test will be scored on driving ability, technical feedback, and communication with the WSM/VMB team members. Staff from World Speed Motorsports will discuss the merits of each driver, and provide a complete report on all drivers to VMB Driver Development. VMB will then select the scholarship winner to pilot the VMB Academy FormulaSPEED for the 2016 season.
The Formula Car Challenge Pro FM Scholarship:
The second step in the VMB Academy is competing in the PFM in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear (FCC). The prior year's FormulaSPEED driver is given the first opportunity to move up to the PFM in FCC. The 2014 winner of the FormulaSPEED Scholarship, and the first graduate of that level was Jaden Conwright who moved into Pro Formula Mazda class in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear in 2015.
Pro Mazda Championship Scholarship:
Ultimately this top level of the VMB Academy provides previous Academy drivers the opportunity to move up to a highly competitive professional series. "Currently the seat in the Pro Mazda Championship is something we are discussing with drivers on an individual basis," stated Telo Stewart. Drivers who want to find out if they are eligible for this tier of the program should contact World Speed Motorsports Pro Mazda Team Manager, Kevin Harrison directly at: email@example.com
Eligibility Guidelines for the Rising Star Award:
Ages 14 - 24
Raced in fewer than 3 races in FCC
Raced in fewer than 3 races in Pro Mazda Championship, or similar level of open wheel competition
Currently licensed in SCCA, NASA, FIA, SKUSA, or similar or racing in racing school series
Getting Considered for the Test:
Some of the past WSM Rising Star Award winners have included: