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2014 World Speed Rising Star Award Winners Announced

Sonoma, CA
February 24th, 2014

The World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Awards have been helping young racers move up the open wheel racing ladder for years. In the past the award was presented to talented up and coming racers, and included a free test with WSM.


This year four racers have been awarded a free test day with World Speed and one of those drivers will be selected to receive a full scholarship in the 2014 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear. The complete season is being funded by VMB Driver Development.


"For over 20 years we've been developing young drivers, and graduating them into the upper levels of racing," stated WSM President Telo Stewart. "This is the first year in our history that we will be able to provide a full season to a deserving racer. We are looking forward to working with VMB and the selected driver in 2014."


Each finalist will be scored on driving ability, technical feedback, and communication with the WSM/VMB. Staff from World Speed Inc will discuss the merits of each driver, and provide a complete a complete report on all four drivers to VMB Driver Development. VMB will then select the 2014 Rising Star Award overall winner. The testing will be held at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on March 3rd. The FCC presented by Goodyear season opener is March 15th-16th at Sonoma Raceway in California.

Details on this year's Rising Award Winners:


Jaden Conwright

Age: 14

Newark, CA


Racing career highlights:

2008 - Rookie of the Year, Quarter Midgets of America
2008 - 2nd Place Quarter Midget Racing Association Championship
2009 - 2nd Place, Jim Russell Cadet Karting Championship
2010 - 1st Place, Jim Russell Cadet Karting Championship
2011 - 1st Place KPV-2, Red Line Oil Karting Championship
2012 - 1st Place Rotax Max Junior 2-Cycle National Championship, IKF
2012 - 2st Place Rotax Max Junior Championship IKF
2013 - 1st Place Jr. Tag Championship
2013 - 2nd Place overall in the Simraceway 4-Hour Enduro
2013 - 2nd Place VIP Kart Championship, Go-Kart Racer 
2013 - 2nd Place Jr. Rotax, Red Line Oil Karting Championship



Keyvan Andres

Age: 13

Miami, Florida


Racing career highlights:

2013 - Multiple podiums, and wins in Skip Barber Summer Series

2014 - Leading the Skip Barber Winter Championship - 6 wins in 6 races



Jake Pipal

Age: 16

Oakdale, CA

Website: http://jakepipal28.com/


Racing career highlights:

Third generation SCCA

Won first karting championship at 12 years of age

2012 WKU Jr. Clone Championship

2013 SFR SCCA Formula Vee Champion



Nathan Washam

Age: 16

Pleasanton, CA

Website: http://nathanwashamracing.com/


Racing career highlights:

Quarter midget champion by the age of 9

Rookie of the year and Champion first year in Karts

Started Sprint Car competition in 2011 & won his first feature in 2012

2013 race winner in non-winged Sprints, and led championship

2013 fastest lap in USAC 410 Sprint Series, finished in the top ten overall


Some of the past Rising Star Award winners have included:

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One of the 2014 Rising Star Award Winners Will Receive a Full Season in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear  


The scholarship covers the costs of a 2014 FormulaSPEED2.0 Arrive and Drive Program and is valued at over $60,000. The program includes:

  • Use of a FormulaSPEED2.0 racecar for all 2014 FCC race events

  • 1 set of Goodyear race tires per weekend (approx $8000)

  • Professional dedicated mechanic

  • Shared engineer for data and video analysis

  • Car and crew transportation

  • Car fitting (custom bead seat not included)

  • Weekend hospitality

  • Race entries (approx $8000) 

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VMB Driver Development's goal is to provide a young, career-minded driver the opportunity to learn from an experienced team like World Speed and gain valuable experience in all aspects of racing. Making a car available for the full season, and providing support will help move that driver into higher levels of competition.


"I have always loved watching racing as a young kid. The Indy 500, Formula One, especially the open-wheel cars. It is amazing to me how fast, yet precise these cars perform," stated VMB Principal Steve Brisentine.

"A few years ago as I attended the GoPro Indy race at Sonoma Raceway, I stopped by the World Speed trailer and noticed the sign about buying a car and entering the series. While I am a little to old to begin a career of driving, I wanted to be involved on race weekends. I wanted to be more than just a fan. If I can give back by providing a seat for a driver that otherwise cannot afford it, this will all be worthwhile."

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