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World Speed Rising Star Award Winners Announced

Sonoma, CA
December 10th, 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 scholarship in the 2015 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear. The scholarship 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. "We had a very successful 2014 season with the inaugural VMB Scholarship winner (Jaden Conwright) and we are really looking forward to working with VMB and the selected driver in 2015."


Complete 2015 scholarship details can be viewed here...

Details on this year's Rising Star Award Winners:
Driver: Toni Breidinger


Age: 15

Racing Accomplishments:

Karting - Consistent top 10 finishes at several regional karting events. Numerous podium finishes at local karting events. Currently ranking 3rd place in points in the Sonoma Redline Oil Karting Championship (Jr. Rotax class)


Midgets - Rookie year, consistent top 5 finishes and a recent 1st place feature race finish. Currently ranked 2nd place in overall series points, USAC HPD Western Pavement Series.



Driver: Enzo Prevost

Age: 16
Racing Accomplishments:

2012: 1st year of go karting in Jr. Rotax finished 4th at the Red Line Oil Karting Championship and awarded as Driver of the Year.

2013: Competed in the SKUSA Supernationals in Rotax Jr and finished 21st out 46 drivers. Finished 3rd in rat the Red Line Oil Karting Championship.

2014: Finished 2nd in Rotax Jr. at the Red Line Oil Karting Championship. Finished 2nd in the Challenge of The Americas National race.



Driver: Michael Avansino

Age: 16
Racing Accomplishments:

Started karting at age 8

2008 2nd place overall Jim Russell Race Series

2008 Jim Russell Race Series Rising Star Award

2009 Jim Russell Race Series Comer Championship

2009 Jim Russell Race Series HPV Championship

2009 Gold Rush Race Series HPV 3rd Place

2010 RLOKC MiniMax Championship

2010 RLOKC Jr. Driver of the Year

2010 ranked #5 in USRMC National points Mini Max

2013 RLOCK Jr. Max Championship

2013 ranked #1 by WestCoastKarters.com

2013 ranked #5 in USRMC National points Jr Rotax

Test drive Formula 1600 (Lynx Racing)

2x RLOKC Jr Driver of the Year

2014 places 3rd overall SKUSA Prokart TaG Jr class

Holds numerous track records for fastest lap.


Driver: Tommy McCarthy


Age: 15
Racing Accomplishments:

Current SCCA & NASA License holder SM class best finish 3rd place

Current USAC & BCRMA Midget driver best finish 7th place Placerville

7-time National Champ QMA

2013 QMA Winter National Champion Lt AA & B classes (Las Vegas NV)

2012 QMA Grand National Champion Dirt Lt. AA Class (Rio Linda, CA)

2011, 2012 & 2013 QMA Winter National Champion
World Formula Class Threepete (Las Vegas NV)

2011 QMA Grand National Champion Pavement Lt. AA Class.

2011 WSRA Mini Cup Champion 

2010 USAC "Battle of the Brickyard" Champion, IMS

2009 Motor Sports Press Association "Rising Star Award" Recipient 

2009 Jim Russell Karting Gazelle, Champion

2005 Baylands Rookie of the Year.

Won over 500 races - 27 track records


Some of the past Rising Star Award winners have included:

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VMB Driver Development, LLC was established in January of 2014 with the purpose of identifying and selecting young up and coming race car drivers and to help advance their careers.

The key component to the program is a Scholarship consisting of a seat in VMB's FormulaSPEED 2.0 open wheel race car for one season. This part of the scholarship is run in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear series. In 2015 the program will be expanded to be a multi level program including Pro Formula Mazda.

VMB Driver Development, LLC has partnered with World Speed Motorsports (based at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA) to provide driver coaching, engineering, mechanical support and logistics.

Together the goal is to teach all aspects of driving, race management, preparation and marketing skills needed in order for the driver to keep moving up in racing.
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