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Team USA Scholarship nominees whittled to eight

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm Team USA Scholarship

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.

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