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Willow Springs IKF Race

Saturday, May 28, 2011 8:06AM In The News

I am going to be racing out at Willow Springs kart track next weekend under the Team Maddox tent with my friends Luis Martinez and Nick Johnston. I haven't driven a go-kart since the Supernationals in 2007! It should be a great weekend, and a lot of fun. I went out to a race out at Adams kart track and watched Nick race in the Maddox kart. It looked like a solid chassis, and I'm really excited to get back out there and represent it for them.

I encourage people to come out and watch next weekend! It's Willow Springs, so don't forget to dress for warm weather, but also bring a heavy jacket, as the weather there is VERY unpredictable. It will most likely get pretty windy.

Hope to see some of you...

Eight Candidates Named for 21st Annual Team USA Scholarship

Sunday, August 22, 2010 11:18AM In The News

Elkhart Lake, Wis. (August 21, 2010) – The Team USA Scholarship enters its third decade of providing opportunities for talented young American race car drivers with today’s nominations for the “Class of 2010” who will vie for a pair of scholarships to contest the traditional end-of-season Formula Ford events in England in October and November.

In 2008, Team USA driver Josef Newgarden became the first American ever to win the prestigious Formula Ford Festival (Kent division) at Brands Hatch, while Conor Daly became the youngest winner of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. Last year Brett Smrz finished a sensational third at Brands Hatch, despite starting 27th, and Connor De Phillippi mirrored Daly’s...

Jim Russell Championship: Race of Champions Announced

Friday, May 21, 2010 12:00PM In The News

The organizers of the Jim Russell Championship Series are revising the format of this year’s competition. The Jim Russell “Race of Champions” replaces the proposed 2010 Jim Russell Championship Series.

A six-race invitational competition during June-August will now be run, with the outright points winner claiming a seat in Round Nine of the Firestone Indy Lights at the Infineon Raceway.

“The Jim Russell organization was adamant that we would continue with a meaningful program and one that followed our original goals albeit in a different guise,” commented Chip Pankow, President of the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School.

The Jim Russell “Race of Champions” is certain to feature fierce...

Introducing Brett Smrz and Connor De Phillippi

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:52AM In The News

Regular readers of RACER will be familiar with the names Connor De Phillippi and Brett Smrz. The teenagers' exploits in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda have ensured regular mentions in the "Making Tracks" pages and marked them as youngsters to watch.

Sure enough, Smrz and De Phillippi's prowess both in and out of the car resulted in successful nominations for the Team USA Scholarship, which in 2009 celebrated 20 years of helping the most talented American youngsters gain their initial experience of international competition.

Jimmy Vasser was the first Team USA Scholarship winner, way back in 1990 - before this year's winners were born! Since then, the program has provided a springboard for the...

2011 “F2 Prize Drive" Lure Set To Fill Jim Russell Series Grid

Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:19PM In The News

2011 “F2 PRIZE DRIVE” LURE SET TO FILL JIM RUSSELL SERIES GRID

* 2010 Jim Russell Championship Series title winner gets fully-funded F2 “seat”
* Future Driver Search winners Carlton and Ellis confirmed for 16-race series
* Team USA Scholarship winner Smrz returning to compete for European series attraction

The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School organization welcomes the new decade in terrific style by opening entries and confirming details for its 2010 Championship Series that sees the champion earn himself a fully funded drive in next year’s FIA Formula Two Championship.

The 2010 Jim Russell Championship Series features eight weekends comprising of two races staged on consecutive days...

More American Talent Goes Abroad

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:40AM In The News

Three months ago, few people outside of the Skip Barber Racing School in North America would have recognized the names Connor De Phillippi or Brett Smrz. However, by the conclusion of their first ever overseas foray to England in late October the pair had earned instant acclaim due to their outstanding performances in the traditional Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the equally prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford race at Silverstone.

De Phillippi (pronounced DEE phi-LEE-pee) and Smrz (smurrs) were the latest in a long list of drivers to have been granted an opportunity to display their talents on the international stage by the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting talented young American drivers in the early...

That Way It Is/ Team USA's Smrz and De Phillippi excel

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 1:50AM In The News

No doubt about it, Jeremy Shaw's Team USA has seriously hit its stride in the past two years. Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly did a great job for Team USA in last year's UK Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy race while Connor De Phillippi and Brett Smrz followed up this year with some equally impressive performances. Smrz came through from the back of the field to finish fourth at last month's Brands Hatch FF Festival while De Phillippi won the Walter Hayes race at Silverstone two weeks later. De Phillippi beat Daly's record from last year to become the youngest man to win the Walter Hayes spectacular at 16 years, 10 months and six days old.

De Phillippi and Smrz were selected from a group of seven Team USA 2009 finalists. De...

Smrz and De Phillippi Radio LeMans Interview

Friday, October 30, 2009 11:01PM In The News

There are two parts to the video, because YouTube can only hold a certain length of video at once. The first part is posted on top, and the second part is on the bottom. Thanks to David Cwikowski (www.Norwell9.com) for cutting the video and posting it.

Part 1 Radio LeMans Interview Connor De Phillippi & Brett Smrz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2IHgGjiQPI

Part 2 Radio LeMans Interview Connor De Phillippi & Brett...

Team USA: De Phillippi and Smrz Enjoying Their European Adventure

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:19AM In The News

A week has passed since Team USA Scholarship winners Connor De Phillippi and Brett Smrz made their impressive European racing debuts in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. The time has passed quickly with a variety of tours and activities to fill the time before they return to the cockpits of their patriotically liveried Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS08 Formula Ford cars for this weekend’s (October 31 - November 1) Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

The two American teenagers have been staying in the historic City of Oxford, home of one of the world’s most storied universities, sharing an apartment with 2008 Team USA Scholarship winner Josef Newgarden and his roommate F3 racer Philip Major, who...

Team USA Drivers Smrz and De Phillippi Enjoying Their Euopean Adventure

Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:51PM In The News


Oxford, England (October 25, 2009) - A week has passed since Team USA Scholarship winners Connor De Phillippi and Brett Smrz made their impressive European racing debuts in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. The time has passed quickly with a variety of tours and activities to fill the time before they will return to the cockpits of their patriotically liveried Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS08 Formula Ford cars for next weekend’s Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

The two American teenagers have been staying in the historic City of Oxford, home of one of the world’s most storied universities, sharing an apartment with 2008 Team USA Scholarship winner Josef Newgarden and his roommate, F3 racer...