GP America race promoter “thrilled” to make 2014 calendar

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The race promoter for the Grand Prix of America has expressed his delight after it was confirmed today by the World Motor Sport Council that the race, set to take place around the streets of New Jersey, had been included on the provisional calendar for the 2014 Formula One season.

Leo Hindery Jr. has faced a great deal of criticism and skepticism whilst planning a second grand prix in the United States, but he was delighted to finally have secured a place on the schedule.

“The entire Grand Prix of America team is thrilled to join the 2014 FIA calendar and we look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey,” the race promoter said in a statement.

The battle has been a lengthy one for Hindery, having originally planned to debut the race in 2013 before it was postponed. However, making the provisional calendar will be a big victory for the team at GP America, with the event being the meat in a three-race sandwich that will take teams from Monaco to Montreal via New Jersey in the space of just twenty-one days.

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the race, with the event generating over $100m in economic benefits for the New York and New Jersey area every year.

Speaking exclusively to NBC Sports earlier this year, leading American driver Alexander Rossi expressed his excitement over the grand prix, calling it “Monza on the city streets.”

Ferrari signs Callum Ilott to young driver academy

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Ferrari has confirmed the signing of rising British racer Callum Ilott to its prestigious driver academy ahead of the 2018 season.

Ilott, 18, is a former member of Red Bull’s junior program, and has spent the last three years racing in the FIA European Formula 3 series, taking eight race wins.

After finishing the 2017 season fourth in the championship with Prema Powerteam, Ilott has now linked up with the Ferrari Driver Academy in the next step of his racing career, becoming its first British member.

“Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that British driver Callum Ilott is the latest promising young driver to be selected for its development program,” an announcement from Ferrari reads.

“18 years old, Ilott joins the FDA in his third season in car racing, having just finished the FIA F3 European Championship. He comes with a strong pedigree in international Formula 3 racing, having made the jump directly from karting as reigning European Champion.

“Ilott joins Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Guan Yu Zhou, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi in the programme, which supports talented young drivers on their career path in motorsport.”

Besides its existing roster, the Ferrari Driver Academy also played a part in the careers of Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and the late Jules Bianchi.