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Bondurant Driver Search

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 29, 2010 at 9:40 am Karting Scholarship, open wheel racing news

The Bondurant Racing School of High Performance Driving will hold their first Driver Search program on October 4-5, 2010 in association with Championship Karting International.

The winner of the Driver Search will receive a fully-funded ride in the 2011 Bondurant Championship Race Season – which utilizes Formula Mazda race cars.  The school will choose 20 finalists to take part in the Driver Search.  According to the official press release, drivers must be between the ages of 15-19 and have successfully completed a Bondurant 4-Day Grand Prix Road Racing course, 2-Day Advanced Formula Car Racing course or submit a qualified resume.

I’m not really sure who determines whether or not a resume is qualified or not.  So, it will be interesting to see what kind of exceptions are made for the 20 finalists.  It’s certainly fair to request that applicants attend the school but the Driver Search program doesn’t mention anything about a driver having too much experience – which is slightly troublesome.  Most shoot-outs or driver search programs tend to limit that number of “car” races a driver can compete in during the year of the Driver Search.  Perhaps that’s part of the “fine-print” requirements on the application.

As a whole, I think the program will be great as long as they follow through on what they promise and remain objective in their decision of choosing applicants and a driver search grand prize winner.  The runner-up in the Driver Search will receive one free race weekend and 15% off the entire season.  The third place finisher will be able to use their Driver Search entry fee towards a race weekend and receive 15% off the entire race season.

Drivers who wish to participate need to get their entry forms in by the July 15, 2010 deadline.  The field will be announced July 31st, 2010.

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