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Jim Russell Future Driver Selection: Final 6

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted December 22, 2009 at 9:44 am Karting Scholarship, open wheel racing news

The panel at the Jim Russell Future Driver Selection whittled their list down to six finalists heading into the last day of evaluation.  The final list isn’t too far off what I expected to see.

As noted in my post yesterday… After reviewing the initial 40-driver entry list I made a list of my personal top-ten picks (drivers who I felt had a legitimate shot at winning the overall prize).  There is only one driver in the final six who didn’t make my top-ten list.

The drivers listed below will be evaluated throughout the day today (the final day of the shootout).  At the end of the day, two recipients will be awarded funded rides in the 2010 Jim Russell Championship.  The first prize will go to the driver selected as the best overall candidate (the driver who performs the best on-and-off the track).  The second prize will be awarded to the driver who sets the quickest overall lap in today’s session (driving the FJR-50 race cars).

The Final Six:

  • Bastien Graber
  • James Kovacic
  • Felipe Polehtto
  • Gary Carlton
  • Alex Ellis
  • Jeff Westphal

A few interesting stats:

  • 5 countries are represented among the final six.
  • The average age of the finalists  is 19.67 years old.
  • Gary Carlton and Jeff Westphal are the oldest (23).
  • James Kovacic is the youngest (16).

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