Josh Rehm is INSIDE F1 Young Driver award winner 
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Josh Rehm's European racing debut with Inside F1

Formula Palmer Audi Winterseries
Rounds 1&2: Snetterton, 12 November 2000

Double Formula Dodge champion Josh Rehm made his debut in European motor racing debut at Snetterton circuit, England this weekend in his quest to be the first American to take the Formula 1 world championship title since Mario Andretti in 1978.

Formula Palmer Audi is a series for identical single-seaters running with 1.8-liter turbo charged Audi engines boasting 350bhp. Rehm's entry to the Winterseries, running in the traditional blue and white colors of his home country and backed by New Jersey-based Inside F1, Inc., has added greatly to the quality field including several other junior racing champions from Europe and beyond.

Snetterton is a super fast 1.9-mile road racing circuit laid out around an American air base from World War 2 in Norfolk, East Anglia. The 22-year-old from Plymouth, Massachusetts set very competitive times in the pre-race test session despite it being his first experience of wet weather driving. Come qualifying however and dry conditions the short space of time allowed little chance to acclimatize and Rehm qualified a disappointed tenth for each of the two rounds in the double-header weekend:

"From looking at the telemetry I only seemed to be losing time at the Bomb Hole corner which I've now given a more appropriate name," said Rehm. "Thatıs what killed qualifying for the first race so I got down to it and looked to improve in the next session. Unfortunately the rear wheels locked as I came into the chicane on my opening lap so I could only do one flying lap and that, even with the front wing and under tray messed up, was faster than my previous best."

In both races Rehm displayed great race craft to work his way up the order, setting extremely fast lap times on the way. With all the cars and drivers so equally matched however making up all the ground lost in qualifying was a tall order and finishes in eighth in round 1 and seventh in round 2 were scant reward for a smooth, fast performance.

"Itıs clear to me just how important it is to put yourself in the lead pack on the grid," said Rehm, now standing seventh in the series standings. "I could take chunks of time out of people here and there but never enough to really haul them in over the full lap, and trying to overtake a car identical in every way to your own here is very hard work."

The concluding two rounds of the Formula Palmer Winterseries take place at Brands Hatch on 18 November.

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.

Josh Rehm

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." 

Josh Rehm in Formula Palmer Audi car

"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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