BMW of North
America and Open Wheel Racing Series, owners of the
Champ Car World Series, will
sanction the inaugural Formula BMW USA
Championship in 2004.
believe that Formula BMW USA is an important way for the next generation of
Champ Car superstars to begin their open-wheel racing careers," said Champ Car
President Dick Eidswick. "The fact that these drivers and teams will be
competing at some of our races gives them a great opportunity to showcase their
talents to those team owners at the next level. Sometimes all it takes is for a
driver to impress the right person and Formula BMW USA will give them that
this agreement, Formula BMW USA's 14-race, seven-weekend championship becomes
the premier North American open-wheel foundation series with races at the most
visible venues including the Canadian Grand Prix, the United States Grand Prix
and four Champ Car events.
season will open only 90 miles from BMW of North America's headquarters at Lime
Rock Park, CT on May 31st. Formula BMW USA will then support the only two
Formula One races in North America at the Canadian Grand Prix on June 13th and
the United States Grand Prix on June 20th. The final four races of the year will
be in support of the Champ Car World Series at Cleveland on July 3rd, Road
America on August 8th and Denver on August 15th . The series finale will take
place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 12th.
Formula BMW USA race weekend will include two rounds of the Championship.
Separate qualifying sessions will determine the grid for each 30-minute
"Formula BMW USA offers the most unique and visible championship to a driver
taking their first steps into the world of professional motorsport," said Alex
Schmuck, Formula BMW USA Motorsport Manager. "Formula BMW USA is a comprehensive
series that allows our drivers to showcase their talent in front of both Formula
One and Champ Car audiences. Our series is also proud to offer an innovative
education and mentoring program."
addition, BMW will extend $15,000 toward spare parts for each race car. "We
understand that the economics of racing can be difficult, so we are looking to
support race teams and drivers with this incentive." added Alex Schmuck.
is the inaugural season of the Formula BMW USA Championship. Talented drivers
from North, Central and South America will line up in state-of-the-art Formula
BMW FB2s to begin the next step in their racing careers. A step to what could
eventually be a seat at the pinnacle of motorsport - the Formula One World
Already established in Germany and Asia and recently announced in the UK,
Formula BMW has become a very successful proving ground for the aspiring
Formula BMW USA series offers a scholarship and prize packages totaling over
$500,000. Six talented, young drivers were awarded $240,000 in scholarships,
$40,000 per driver, last month. Additionally, total available prize monies top
$260,000 for the Championship.
Series championship prize monies total $81,000 with $20,000 going to the
inaugural Formula BMW USA champion. Runner-up prizes are; 2nd-$15,000,
3rd-$12,000, 4th-$10,000, 5th-$8,000, 6th-$6,000, 7th-$4,000, 8th-$3,000,
9th-$2,000 and 10th-$1,000.
$50,000 scholarship will also be awarded to the 2004 Formula BMW USA Series
Champion that can be applied to a year of participation in the 2005 Formula BMW
Germany Championship. At each event, $5500 in per-race prize money will be
awarded as follows: 1st- $1000, 2nd-$900, 3rd-$800, 4th-$700, 5th-$600,
6th-$500, 7th-$400, 8th-$300, 9th-$200 and 10th-$100.
separate Rookie Cup for those in their first year of racing will be a
"championship within a championship" and will be based on the same scoring
system. Rookie Cup monies will be in addition to the regular championship
winnings and total $24,000. The inaugural Formula BMW USA Rookie Cup winner will
receive $8,000, 2nd-$6,000, 3rd-$4,000, 4th-$3,000, 5th-$2,000 and 6th-$1,000.
In addition, $2100 in per-race Rookie Cup prize money will be awarded as
follows: 1st-$600, 2nd-$500, 3rd-$400, 4th-$300, 5th-$200 and 6th-$100.
Formula BMW FB2 Race Car A 140-horsepower, four-cylinder BMW engine powers the
Formula BMW FB2 and propels the 1001-pound car to speeds approaching 140 miles
per hour. A sequential six-speed gearbox feeds the power to Michelin racing
slick tires. Adjustable front and rear wings and suspension allow the FB2 a
large set-up range and an F1-style steering wheel houses a comprehensive
electronic display. LED lights signal optimum shift timing and the display shows
a range on information including engine parameters, current gear selection and
last or best lap time. A multi-channel data acquisition system stores data for
team use after each session.
Formula BMW FB2 sets new standards for safety in the category of racing. In
addition to a carbon-fiber chassis meeting the FIA safety requirements of more
powerful Formula 3 cars the driver sits in a BMW-developed Formula BMW Rescue
Seat. In the event that it would become necessary to extricate the driver from
the car the seat and driver can be removed from the car as one unit lessening
the chances for additional injury. The seat and head surround have been designed
to allow ample room for the wearing of a HANS device, which is mandatory in the
Formula BMW USA Championship.
part of the Formula BMW USA program, drivers will participate in an educational
training program. This program will provide young drivers with skills that they
will need long term in the world of motorsports. BMW will organize seminars
throughout the season, conducted by experienced individuals to review important
subjects such as, fitness training and nutrition, vehicle dynamics and chassis
set-up, driving technique, public relations, media training, sponsorship
research and sports management.
is the 2004 Formula BMW USA Racing Schedule:
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location name to link to the track home page.
Putnam Park Road Course
Located off Interstate 71 in the heart of Ohio
Lime Rock Park
Canadian Grand Prix
United States Grand Prix
Cleveland Burke Airport
Race 7, 8
Elkhart Lake, WI
Denver Grand Prix