Tuesday, September 27, 2005

McIntosh to test for Red Bull Junior Team

Vancouver, Canada (September 27, 2005) – Following on from a stellar season in the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship and Sunday’s top-ten debut as the driver of Team Canada’s A1 Grand Prix entry at Brands Hatch, Canada’s Sean McIntosh has now received an invitation to test for the renowned Red Bull Junior Team.

The test, scheduled to take place next Monday and Tuesday, 3rd-4th October, at the Portuguese circuit of Estoril, will see the 20-year-old from Vancouver put through his paces behind the wheel of Formula Renault and Formula Three race cars. Sean’s performances will be closely monitored with all drivers at the test being evaluated on their speed and consistency as well as their ability to adapt throughout the two-day test.

The Red Bull Junior Team has a pedigree of success unrivalled by any other driver development program. In 2004 alone the scheme’s drivers delivered 5 championships and a total of 51 victories and 53 pole positions while this year’s success haul stands at 23 wins and 25 poles. The 2005 team boasts 16 drivers from 12 different countries competing in the likes of the GP2 Series, World Series by Renault and the F3 Euroseries – all recognized pathways to Formula One.

Commenting ahead of his Red Bull test as well as his Formula Renault UK Championship title-deciding weekend, Sean said:

“Red Bull’s passion for motorsport and developing talent is without question so I consider it to be a real privilege to be invited to test for the Red Bull Junior Team. I had a meeting with Red Bull Canada earlier this year and I was able to get a real feel for how they work with their chosen athletes and support them all the way. It’s great to be the first Canadian driver to try-out for the Junior Team and I look forward to the opportunity to prove myself next week.

“I fly to Portugal straight after my last Formula Renault UK races at Brands Hatch on Sunday so I’ll certainly be race fresh heading into the test. I’ll be doing all I can to win the championship and it’s encouraging to know that Red Bull have been following my performances and want to see me firsthand.”

Sean McIntosh heads into this weekend’s Formula Renault UK Championship title showdown at Brands Hatch, 1st-2nd October, in second place, just 16 points behind Britain’s Oliver Jarvis and with a season-high tally of five victories.

For further information on the Red Bull Junior Team please log on to: www.redbull-juniorteam.com

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