Scottish racing champion, Dario Franchitti, has been showing his support for young racing drivers competing in Scotland.
Four time IndyCar champion Franchitti, who hails from a dynasty of accomplished drivers including his cousin Paul Di Resta, was promoting the 2016 season of the Scottish Motor Racing Club. Next year is set to be highlighted by the announcement of a once-in-a-lifetime prize for the winner of the Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship. The organisers of the Road to Indy in association with Mazda have nominated the winner of the 2016 Scottish FF1600 Championship to be invited to take part in their newly announced program.
The series, which is one of the most popular in Scottish motorsport, has been a stepping-stone for drivers former F1 competitor David Coulthard and current test driver for William’s F1 team, Susie Wolff.
The winner of next years FF1600 Championship will be invited to a “shootout” against drivers from around the world. This shootout will occur in the autumn of 2016 in America and the winner will be granted a $200,000 (£130,000) scholarship into the USF2000 Championship, the first step towards a seat in the IndyCar Championship.
Dario Franchitti has put his support behind the prize saying “This is an excellent opportunity for the Scottish Motor Racing Club and in particular Scottish FF1600 but it also raises the profile of all Scottish Championship racing.”
To find out more on the FF1600 Championship, visit the Scottish Motor Racing Club website.