Josh Rehm is INSIDE
F1 Young Driver award winner
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INSIDE F1 has named rising American racer Josh Rehm as the inaugural winner of a new scheme designed to help American drivers on their way to Grand Prix racing.
The INSIDE F1 Young Driver Award aims to raise the profile of deserving young American drivers as Formula 1 returns to the United States with the intention of helping get an American into Grand Prix racing as quickly as possible.
The award winner will not only gain publicity but will also benefit from the experience and advice of a number of Formula 1 professionals who will be on hand to help throughout the year. The advisory group will include several top names from motor racing circles including F1 and CART designer/engineer Ken Anderson and F1 journalist Joe Saward. Formula 1 drivers past and present will be a permanent source of advice and guidance. But most valuable was award winner Josh Rehm's opportunity to meet F1 team bosses when the Grand Prix circus visited Indianapolis in September.
"We have assembled a team of F1 professionals and industry insiders to serve as a panel and advisory group," said INSIDE F1 publisher Mark Karp. "They will use their expertise and industry contacts to steer selected drivers in the best possible direction and support them on their way. Josh Rehm was chosen by the panel as the young driver most deserving of this award. He has to deliver results but if he does we will help him to learn what is needed to be a Grand Prix driver in the 21st century."
"There is no defined path to F1 in the United States," said INSIDE F1 editor Joe Saward. "We bring to the table years of experience and are keen to provide guidance and direction. Josh will be in the company of professional drivers and engineers, enabling him to maximise his talent and ability. The United States is the largest market in the world and needs American drivers to help re-establish an F1 following in the United States. America has up-and-coming drivers with the talent to contest for Formula 1 race wins and championships, but they need nurturing and guidance to be in a position to have this chance."
Rehm is 22 and graduated from college this year. He has won two Formula Dodge Championships and is currently competing in the high-powered Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series Championship in Great Britain.
"I am honored that this group of top level motorsports professionals have given me their stamp of approval," said Rehm. "I look forward to taking advantage of their expertise and experience in my efforts to fulfil the promise that they see in me. My job, as I see it, is to move to the next level and knock off the fastest guys."
F1 Award Winner Josh Rehm Meets International Racing Legend Sir Frank Williams
Former Skip Barber Race Series regional champion Josh Rehm met Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head, principles of the BMW-Williams Grand Prix team at the Canadian Grand Prix this year as part of the Inside F1 Young Driver Award. Rehm was selected last January from a pool of American drivers by an advisory panel put together by the leading Formula 1 website InsideF1.com. The purpose of the award is not to grant scholarships or test rides but rather to disseminate knowledge.
As the first recipient, Rehm has enjoyed an inside track into the workings of the top tier of the sport. At his disposal throughout the year has been the collective wisdom of the advisory board made up of former F1 drivers, engineers, media and others who will serve to guide and provide insight to young American drivers who aspire to reach the world's most prestigious formula.
"It was an honor to meet both Frank and Patrick. They have helped focus my efforts towards what will be most productive. When you combine limited time and resources with all the options your racing path can take, it is very easy to get lost, or sidetracked. Getting it from the horse's mouth was fantastic. As multiple World Champions, and with what they have done picking Jenson Button I feel privileged to be able to get their advice."
Rehm met with Sir Frank and Head for an hour to chat about Rehm's aspirations and background. "With the return of the United States Grand Prix it is clear that the US needs drivers in F1," said Mark Karp of Inside F1. "We intend to use our experience, contacts, and affiliations to help make it happen."
The Inside F1 Young Driver Award was established in January 2000 as part of a plan to guide and promote American drivers towards Formula One. Along with the Advisory Board, it will select a pool of drivers with F1 potential.
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