ABOUT VMB DRIVER DEVELOPMENT:
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 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 expanded to be a multi level program including Pro Formula Mazda. In 2016 the program grew to a 2 car FormulaSPEED program, giving VMB drivers the added benefit of having a teammate in identical equipment. In preparation for the 2018 season VMB has added a FIA Formula 4 car to the team.
The World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Awards have been helping young racers move up the open wheel racing ladder for years. The award includes a free test with WSM, and is presented to up and coming racers that WSM believes have what it takes to become a pro driver. Many of the past winners of the award have gone on to great successes in racing. VMB Drivers are selected from winners of this prestigious award.
VMB Driver Development, LLC has partnered with World Speed Motorsports and Standing Start 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."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,and now I am pleased to be involved at this level and to be helping the next generation of racing stars." stated VMB Principal Steve Brisentine.
"A few years ago as I attended the GoPro Indy Grand Prix, 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."
- Steve Brisentine VMB Driver Development
Williams has won multiple SKUSA and IKF Karting Championships since he began racing in 2004, and for the past two seasons has been under the tutelage of former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Phil Giebler. He was one of four drivers to receive the World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Award in 2015. That award provided him with a test with the team, and the opportunity to be considered for the scholarship.“We were impressed by Carter’s performance on and off the track, and we enjoyed working with him at the WSM Rising Star Award test day,” stated WSM President Telo Stewart. When it came time to review all the drivers we had connected with in the pre-season Carter’s name kept coming to the top of the list. When Steve (VMB President) and I met to decide how we would best use the remaining 2016 scholarship funding we both agreed that helping Carter make the transition from Karting into open wheel would be a great opportunity for us and for Carter.” In 2016 Carter was invited to the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, and was secured as a 2017 VMB driver shortly thereafter. In 2017 Carter was selected as a candidate for the Team USA Scholarship.
Courtney began racing at age four in Karts, and quickly progressed into Quarter Midgets. Courtney went on to become a California State Kids Kart Oval Champion, secure 8 Quarter Midget Championships, and set 2 Quarter Midget World Record Qualifying Times. Trying her hand at 2-wheel competition, Courtney raced Speedway Motorcycles, winning 12 Speedway main events and capturing 2 Youth Speedway Bike Championships.In 2015,
Courtney Crone moved up into cars and won her 1st Sprint Car and 1st Ford Focus Midget main in her rookie season. In 2016 she was selected and honored to be a Women’s Motorsports Foundation Project Podium recipient by retired Indy Car racer Lyn St. James and her peers. She won the 2016 Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns Championship in Sprint Cars with six wins, and also won three out of three Formula Mazda races in 2016.
Jonathan started his career in karting at the age of 13. He competed in the Jim Hall Karting Series from 2009-2012. He scored a total of 23 pole positions, 20 heat wins, 23 main event wins (series record) and 3 championships (series record). From 2012-2014, he focused on learning, communicating, and developing the ability to earn sponsorship.In November of 2014, he earned enough sponsorship to compete in the 2014-15 Skip Barber Winter Championship. He was able to earn 2 poles, 2 fastest laps, 7 podiums, and 1 win. In 2015, he ran the Skip Barber Summer Series where he scored 4 wins, 5 podiums, and 2 poles. In 2015 he was award the World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Award.
For 2016, Jonathan has been retained by VMB to compete in the Formula Car Challenge driving in the FormulaSPEED class. Later that season Sugianto was invited to the Mazda Road To Indy Shootout.
Michael started his career racing go-karts at the age of 8 years old. He has progressed steadily through the ranks, accumulating numerous wins, titles and track records. He was the first driver to have won the Redline Oil Karting Championship Driver of the Year award twice. He also won the Championship title as a Mini-max Rotax driver as well as Jr. Rotax driver.Based on his karting success he was selected as a World Speed Rising Star Award winner, and soon after selected as a 2015 VMB Scholarship Driver. Michael won both the Regional and National FCC Championships in the FormulaSPEED class in 2015.
There have been some VERY talented young drivers who have attended our shootout, and many have gone on to incredible success in motorsports. Below are links to those that have been selected each year. If you are interested in learning more about what actually happens at one of our shootouts, you can check out this great article by our friends at Turnology.