Samantha Summerbell selected for young driver training program

Academy Americas Selection Event

Drivers from 12 countries across the Americas are set to take part in their regional selection event for the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy.

This year’s Academy involves a series of five qualifying events in regions across the world to give as many drivers as possible the opportunity to participate. This fourth event will be hosted by Organizacion Mexicana Del Deporte Automovilistico Internacional (OMDAI) on 14-17 October at the Aut├│dromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla.

Each FIA National Sporting Authority (ASN) in the region was asked to put forward their nomination, which was then assessed by the FIA Institute. To qualify, drivers had to meet a set of minimum criteria, as well as having demonstrated strong performance in competition so far.

On the final shortlist for this event are some of the top young drivers in motor racing and rallying across the Americas, including competitors from the US Pro Mazda Championship, European F3 Open and Protyre Formula Renault.

OMDAI president Jose Abed said: “We look forward to welcoming the 12 talented drivers that are coming from all over the American continent. OMDAI, with the help of its Young Driver School, has brought together the best trainers and specialists, so each driver will benefit from the highest standard of assessment and training.”

The event will produce one guaranteed winner to go forward to the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy. A further three drivers will be selected using a wildcard system, making a total of eight participants in the final Academy group.

Over three days the drivers will undergo exercises designed to evaluate fitness, driving performance, media techniques, teamwork and psychology. The winner will receive a place on the Academy’s fully-funded training programme, which aims to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, whilst increasing safety skills and actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.

The FIA Institute has shortlisted the following drivers for the Americas Selection Event:

Al-Mutawaa BRAZIL

Edson Martins Coelho Junior, 18
Current championship:
Mercedes-Benz Grand Challenge

Al-Mutawaa CHILE

Rodrigo Caballero Alcayaga, 22
Current championship:
Cross Country Rally Chile


Juan Diego Piedrahita (TBC), 21
Current championship:
Pro Mazda Championship


Mauricio Hernandez, 18
Current championship:
Costa Rican Karting Championship

Al-Mutawaa CUBA

Orlando Valderrama, 18
Current Championship:
Cuban National Karting Championship


Michael Tejeda, 18
Current Championship:
Dominican Republic ROTAX MAX Sr. Championship


Andres Saravia Minondo, 22
Current Championship:
European F3 Open


Tito Alfonso Leoni, 22
Current Championship:
Honduras National Auto Cross Championship

Al-Mutawaa JAMAICA

Samantha Summerbell, 17
Current Championship:
Jamaican Modified Production Championship

Al-Mutawaa MEXICO

Jorge Cevallos, 19
Current Championship:
Protyre Formula Renault UK


Skylar Robinson, 17
Current Championship:
BRSCC Avon Tyres FF1600 Triple Crown


Diego Ferreira, 19
Current Championship:
Pro Mazda Championship

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