Michael Avansino Secures 2015 VMB Racing Scholarship
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Last November, Michael Avansino, a junior at
College Park High School, submitted his application to participate in the 2015
World Speed Motorsport (WSM) Rising Star test day. In the past, the WSM Rising Star Awards were presented to talented
up-and-coming racers, and included a free test with WSM. This year, four racers
were awarded a free test day with one driver selected to receive a scholarship
in the 2015 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear. The scholarship,
funded by VMB Driver Development, makes a car available for the full season and
provides support to help move that driver into higher levels of competition
Michael was one of four chosen to participate in the one-day shoot-out. In December, Michael spent the day at Buttonwillow Racetrack competing against three other drivers. Shortly afterwards, Michael received a phone call notifying him that he was selected and awarded the VMB Driver Development scholarship.
Michael, racing competitively since he was 8 years old, will go on to race fourteen events over seven different weekends at such tracks as Sonoma Raceway (during the Indianapolis race), Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Portland International Raceway, and Cal Speed in Fontana, California.
"All the drivers did incredibly well, as we expected they would," noted WSM team owner Telo Stewart. "It is great that we were able to provide the testing opportunity to these young racers and help them learn more about working alongside industry professionals. We expect to see great things from this year's award winners, based on what we have seen from our past selections. We are also excited to add Michael to the team for 2015 and look forward to working with him all season!"
“It's an honor to be selected to represent the team in 2015,” said Michael. “The field of competition was incredibly tough, and I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to be on the track with the team. I know I have a lot to learn, and I look forward to developing my skills further as a racecar driver and preparing myself for the future.”
Michael recently signed on to be a promoter for BRAKES (Putonthebrakes.com), an advocate for safe teen driving which hosts free teenage defensive driving programs throughout the USA. Michael will be speaking at their May 16/17 event at Alameda Point.