Following interviews during the INDYCAR/American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio, the number of nominees for the 2012 Team USA Scholarship was whittled to eight.
The remaining nominees are being further evaluated today, Aug. 27, on a race simulator in Santa Monica, Calif. On Tuesday, the drivers will take to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., aboard FR 1600 race cars. Three fully-funded scholarships will be awarded.
Two drivers will be entered under the Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing banner in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on October 27-28 and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone on November 3-4, while one slightly more experienced driver will be invited to contest the final two rounds of the Formula Renault BARC Championship at Silverstone on October 6-7.
The eight finalists are:
- Neil Alberico, 19, from Redlands, Calif. – Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda
- Matthew Brabham, 18, from Manalapan, Fla. – Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda (three wins, four poles)
- Jake Eidson, 17, from Littleton, Colo. – Skip Barber Winter Series champion and Summer Series contender (six wins)
- Conner Ford, 16, from Carson City, Nev. – Pacific Formula F Super Series (six wins)/World Challenge B-Spec
- Sean Johnston, 21, from Mt. Shasta, Calif. – IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge points leader (four wins, four poles)
- Jack Mitchell Jr., 16, from Clarendon Hills, Ill. – Barber Summer Series leader (three wins)/Canadian F1600 (one win)
- Brandon Newey, 20, from Carmel, Ind. – F1600 Championship Series points leader (two wins)
- Tristan Nunez, 16, from Boca Raton, Fla. – Cooper Tires Prototype Lites points leader (eight wins, nine poles)
View the original list of Team USA nominees, here.