|Trinity, Fla. (August 22) Former IndyCar driver and NBC and FOX Sports broadcaster Brian Till, and karting insider and Director of Motorsports for Bell Helmets USA Chris Wheeler have joined the judging panel for the 2018 Cooper Tires Karting Scholarship Shoot-out.
“We are excited to have Brian and Chris come on board for the Shoot-out,” said Lucas Oil School of Racing Founder and CEO Neil Enerson. “Brian’s background both in and out of the race car will be invaluable. Not only will he serve as a judge for the Shoot-out and lead the media training for our karter candidates, he will be the voice of the Shoot-out.”
“Chris knows karting like few others, and as Sebastian Bourdais’ long-time spotter in IndyCar, he has an eye for racing and racers. In addition to judging at the Shoot-out, he will be a huge asset for us during the selection process as we pare down to our list of 30 participants.”
Till and Wheeler join a growing list of racing instructors and experts for the Shoot-out, December 12-14 at Sebring International Raceway. Thirty karters from around the world will participate in three days of on- and off-track activities in our fleet of Ray GR-RSC race cars, and training to determine who is the best of the best, with seat time in Lucas Oil School of Racing programs up for grabs. The grand prize is a fully funded season in the 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Championship, valued at $75,000.
Prizes for top-ranking karters participating in the Shoot-out include:
- Winner – Full season in 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series*
- Runner-up – Half season in 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series *
- 3rd Place – Participation in two Race Events *
- 4th Place – Participation in one Race Event*
- 5th Place – Participation in two Advanced 2-Day programs
* Including Pre-Race Lapping
The Cooper Tire Karting Scholarship Shoot-out is the latest reward to help promote young driving talent. In 2018, the champion of the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series will earn a $100,000 Career Development Award toward a seat in the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
To be considered for the Cooper Tires Karting Scholarship Shoot-out, karters must submit an online application and karting resume at lucasraceschool.com/karting-scholarship-shoot-out/ by August 31, 2018. If accepted, the karter must successfully complete a Basic 2-Day program prior to the Shoot-out, and pay a $4,999 entry fee.