Austin, TX will play host to the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals as part of the lead up to the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
F1 in Schools is an educational program aimed at taking science, technology, engineering, and math and allowing students to apply them directly to live racing. The initiative takes place in over 40 countries, and 2013 will be its ninth World Finals event. Students in the program use computer-aided design and manufacturing software to build balsawood F1 car models. The compressed air-powered cars then race on a 20 meter track, giving students an opportunity to see their design work pay off.
F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman Andrew Denford expressed that he has had nothing but positive support from Austin and Circuit of the Americas, which hosts the US Grand Prix. “They understand the value of reaching out to the younger F1 audience and a wider fan base of young people”, said Denford.
The World Finals will be held at a yet to be named location in downtown Austin prior to the Formula 1 race. The grand prize pay-out of the three day competition is the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, named for Formula One Group boss man Bernie Ecclestone, as well as Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships at City University London.
It is fantastic to see COTA, the city of Austin, and the great state of Texas welcoming F1 in Schools’ first World Finals to be held in the United States with such enthusiasm. It speaks volumes about the commitment that the circuit, city, and state have to helping F1 grow in America.
This is another big step in the right direction for F1 in the US. Now if only we can put an American in a Formula 1 cockpit.
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