BAHAMAS SPEED WEEK REVIVAL

BRIAN REDMAN JOINS SIR STIRLING MOSS AND DEREK BELL FOR BAHAMAS SPEED WEEK REVIVAL 

NASSAU, Bahamas – The organizers of the Second Annual Bahamas Speed Week Revival have announced that racing legend Brian Redman has accepted the position of Grand Marshal for the event scheduled for Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2012. Redman, a multi-time racing champion in the U.S. and overseas, will join Patron Sir Stirling Moss and Event Ambassador Derek Bell, MBE, for the second running of the Revival. 

Bahamas Speed Week, a week-long celebration of racing, gala gatherings and parties, will build on the success of 2011 with the addition to the format of a Speed Week Concert and a Miss Speed Week Beauty Pageant, lining up alongside the now traditional Pictet Bank Gala Ball. Last year’s favorites, the 007 Island Tour, Arawak Cay Sprint and the Fort Charlotte Hillclimb, will continue, with announcements of other events to be made soon.

“It is a great honor to be appointed Grand Marshal and to be part of such a significant event,” said Redman. “Although I didn’t compete in the original Speed Week events, this will give me an opportunity to share in the nostalgia of those days and help provide some interesting cars for fans to enjoy.”

Redman was a member of World Championship for Makes winning teams in 1968, ‘69, ‘70 and ‘72, a three-time U.S. F5000 champion (1974-76), and the 1981 IMSA Camel GT and 1971 South African Springbok champion.

The Speed Week Revival is open to race cars of the original period from 1954-1966, Classic Cars and Modern Supercars. 

Lorenzo Bandini Trophy

BRUNO SENNA WINS THE 2012 LORENZO BANDINI TROPHY

Williams F1 Team driver Bruno Senna is to be the recipient of the 2012 Lorenzo Bandini Trophy, and will receive his award at a ceremony in the Italian town of Brisighella on Sunday 15th July.

Established in 1992, The Lorenzo Bandini Trophy is a prize awarded in memory of Italian race car driver Lorenzo Bandini by his hometown of Brisighella, near Imola. Bruno is the 19th recipient of this prestigious award, with past winners including former Williams F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, current Williams F1 driver mentor Alex Wurz, and past World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.

It is traditionally awarded to a driver who has shown great promise at the beginning of their career, befitting the memory of Lorenzo Bandini who was the leading Italian racing driver at the time of his tragic death at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. It is customary for the winner to make the 12 kilometre drive from Faenza to Brisighella to reach the ceremony, driving on public streets with fans gathering to congratulate.

Speaking about the award, Bruno Senna commented, ‘’It’s a great honour to receive the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy, particularly when you consider the excellent racing drivers that have been awarded it in the past. I would like to thank the people of Brisighella for their kind support and generosity as well as all of those who have helped me in my career so far. I’m very much looking forward to the prize giving ceremony next month, which promises to be a great event.’’

 

Formula One

Two-Time Defending Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel Makes History, Drives Preview Lap at Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial Course

WEEHAWKEN, NJ  Formula One World Championship racer Sebastian Vettel drove a preview lap of the course at the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial today.  He also held a media conference with Race Promoter Leo Hindery, Infiniti representatives, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and West New York Mayor Felix Roque.

Following his performance in the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday, Vettel drove the street circuit in an Infiniti IPL road car ahead of the highly anticipated Grand Prix of America, due to take place in 2013. Vettel was joined by former Grand Prix winner David Coulthard as the pair completed a number of passenger rides against the iconic Manhattan skyline, set to be a major feature of the race next year.

“Sebastian got a very small taste of what racing around the Port Imperial course will be like, but there’s no substitute for when he’ll be driving at just over 200 miles an hour,” said Race Promoter Leo Hindery. “We can’t wait to host him and the world’s other elite drivers with the world’s greatest city in the background. We’re one year out from 100,000 fans streaming to the race via NJ Transit, PATH and the combined New York Waterway Ferry and Bus Network.” 

Commenting on the event, Sebastian Vettel said: “It’s been fantastic to be the first to drive the new circuit. I was able to get some good speed up in the Infiniti and it’s clear that it is going to be a big challenge in a Formula One car. With such a great setting too, I can’t wait to get back here and race in 2013.” 

The races, planned to begin in June 2013, will receive no subsidies from either local or state government, and will bring millions of dollars to New Jersey and the surrounding region each year. Upwards of 100,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day races largely through the use of public transportation.

Construction of garages and other permanent facilities are well under way and track engineers are working hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The 3.2-mile course will be run on existing streets in Port Imperial, Weehawken and West New York, along the Hudson River and at the top of the Palisades, with the New York City skyline as the backdrop. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the race. The event will include practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday.   

Formula One Grand Prix of America headquarters are shared between Port Imperial and Manhattan.   

More information at www.gpamerica.com