12 Drivers Get FIA Institute Tryout
Drivers from 12 countries across the Americas are set to take part in their regional selection event for the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy.
This year’s Academy involves a series of five qualifying events in regions across the world to give as many drivers as possible the opportunity to participate.
This fourth event will be hosted by Organizacion Mexicana Del Deporte Automovilistico Internacional Oct. 14-17 at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla.
Each FIA National Sporting Authority in the region was asked to put forward their nomination, which was then assessed by the FIA Institute. To qualify, drivers had to meet a set of minimum criteria, as well as having demonstrated strong performance in competition so far.
On the final shortlist for this event are some of the top young drivers in motor racing and rallying across the Americas, including competitors from the U.S. Pro Mazda Championship, European F3 Open and Protyre Formula Renault.
OMDAI president Jose Abed said: “We look forward to welcoming the 12 talented drivers that are coming from all over the American continent. OMDAI, with the help of its Young Driver School, has brought together the best trainers and specialists, so each driver will benefit from the highest standard of assessment and training.”
The event will produce one guaranteed winner to go forward to the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy. A further three drivers will be selected using a wildcard system, making a total of eight participants in the final Academy group.
Over three days the drivers will undergo exercises designed to evaluate fitness, driving performance, media techniques, teamwork and psychology. The winner will receive a place on the Academy’s fully-funded training program, which aims to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, whilst increasing safety skills and actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.
Edson Martins Coelho Junior, 18
Mercedes-Benz Grand Challenge
Rodrigo Caballero Alcayaga, 22
Cross Country Rally Chile
Juan Diego Piedrahita, 21
Pro Mazda Championship
Mauricio Hernandez, 18
Costa Rican Karting Championship
Orlando Valderrama, 18
Cuban National Karting Championship
Michael Tejeda, 18
Dominican Republic ROTAX MAX Sr. Championship
Andres Saravia Minondo, 22
European F3 Open
Tito Alfonso Leoni, 22
Honduras National Auto Cross Championship
Samantha Summerbell, 17
Jamaican Modified Production Championship
Jorge Cevallos, 19
Protyre Formula Renault UK
Skylar Robinson, 17
BRSCC Avon Tyres FF1600 Triple Crown
Diego Ferreira, 19
Pro Mazda Championship