Formula BMW

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on Formula BMW. Formula BMW gives 17 young drivers ages 15-23 the opportunity to develop the racing talent needed to move into Formula racing. Drivers will be competing at seven national races as part of the Formula One and Champ Car undercard. The official racing car of the series is the Formula BMW FB2 going 0-60mph 3.3 seconds. The main aim of this championship is to support Motorsports at the grassroots level by offering drivers the comprehensive training they need to make the move into Formula racing.

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Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level open wheel racing class. Held in North America, Germany, the UK and Asia, up-and-coming drivers, as young as 15 years old, are given the opportunity to enter motor racing in the high-tech FB02 race car.

2006 marks the third Formula BMW USA season in North America. The Championship will race at seven prestigious venues, including both North American Formula 1 Grands Prix. This will be the first time Formula BMW USA will race at the San José Grand Prix.

BMW's commitment to young driving talent goes back as far as the 1970s, when the company supported the BMW Junior Team and the spectacular Procar series over many years. From 1991 to 2001, BMW was involved in the Formula ADAC championship as the engine supplier, helping gifted young drivers progress from go-karts to Formula racing. In many cases, these drivers subsequently went on to compete in international motor sports.

Indeed, over the past twelve years, well over forty beneficiaries of BMW ADAC Scholarships have made their way into Formula 3. The most famous graduate has to be Ralf Schumacher, who competed in his first Formula ADAC race on the Norisring in 1992 and is now one of the leading drivers in Formula 1.

In only its fourth year worldwide, Formula BMW has become one of the top choices of karters around the world to make the progression to race cars. The series provides a strong platform of races along with a diverse Education and Coaching Program. With the help of four championship series held in Germany, the UK, the United States and Asia, Formula BMW takes talented young drivers who have outgrown the kart track and introduces them to professional motor racing. Source:


Even the best talent needs support. That is why BMW doesn't just offer gifted young go-kart drivers a seat in a Formula racing car - it promotes the most promising candidates as Formula BMW Juniors.

Apart from financial support, the young drivers are offered an Education and Coaching Program that gives them the best possible preparation for their career in motorsports. This program is of course also available to all other drivers in the championships.

The primary objective is to back motor racing at the grass-roots level by offering drivers the comprehensive training they need. Internationally applied sporting and technical regulations ensure that all participants compete against each other with identical equipment and in a fair, competitive environment. That means nobody gains an advantage through financial or technical means, and that is the basis of an absolutely level playing field in the context of relatively limited budgets.

As a vital part of experienced racing teams, the young talents get accustomed to the atmosphere in a professional single-seater series. The effectiveness of this concept has produced drivers such as Nico Rosberg, Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien, Timo Glock and many more, who have made it from the Formula BMW into a Formula One cockpit.

2007 Schedule
May 17-18 Miller Motorsports Park, Rounds 1 & 2
June 8-10 Canadian Grand Prix Montreal, Rounds 3 & 4
June 15-16 US Grand Prix, Indianapolis, IN Rounds 5 & 6
July 6-7 Lime Rock Park, CT Round 7 & 8
July 27-29 San Jose Grand Prix, CA Rounds 9 & 10
August 8-12 Road America, WI  Rounds 11 & 12

Official 2006 Test Schedule
March 27-28 Road Atlanta
April 8-9 Virginia Int'l Raceway
April 29-30 Carolina Motorsports Park
May 18 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 18-19 Miller Motorsports Park
August 31 Mosport International Raceway

2006 Race Schedule
May 19-21 Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseMay 26-29 Lime Rock Park Connecticut
June 23-25 Canadian Grand Prix
June 30 - July 2 United States Grand Prix
July 28-30 San José Grand Prix
Aug 11-13 Grand Prix of Denver
Sept 1-3 Mosport International Raceway

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