Racing for America, A Short History
- 1984: Founded by current RfA President Jim O'Bryan, Racing
for America(R) was a non-profit organization, raising grassroots support
for promising, young, American drivers competing both in the United States
- 1985: Racing for America(R) drivers won prestigious races:
The British F3 series (training ground for Formula One drivers where we
also competed against other Racing for programs), Super Veer, Sports Renault,
and Formula Ford. An astonishing amount of positive press and goodwill
were generated no matter where we competed. Drivers for RfA and other Racing
for programs became a focal point in the series as the international competitions
took on an Olympic feel.
- 1986: RfA moved to the American Racing Series (training
ground for IndyCar drivers, now Indy Lights), Showroom Stock (with the
Porsche factory team), Formula Three, and Formula 3000 in Europe, Great
Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Macau, again generating huge
amounts of positive press for both the program and our drivers.
- 1987: RfA was the first American-based team ever to compete
in Formula Three in Italy, continuing many of it's programs in the US.
The program grew too large to be supported by private donations. Jim O'Bryan's
computer design business grew exponentially, with clients from Cleveland,
Houston, Anchorage, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and London, demanding most of his
time and RfA was sadly tabled.
- 1994: Reformed Racing for America, In. lays the foundation
for a program that will stand the test of time. RfA now provides a steadying
hand to a America's most promising drivers. Stepping in to help American
Zak Brown in four rounds of British Formula 3, one round of the Player's
Toyota Formula Atlantic Championship. RfA also underwrote the U.S.A. team
in the prestigious GM-Opel/Lotus Nations Cup V, entering Zak and Mary Kaczor(first
woman to compete). RfA's TEAM U.S.A. went on to score the highest finish
by an American team. We also worked with Tony Renna(Barber Ford, Barber
Dodge, F3 test), Jeff Bucknum (Barber Dodge), Paul Dallenbach (Pikes Peak,
British F3, Anchorage Rally), Louis Zervigon (Barber Dodge, British F3).
Not bad for 5 months!
- 1995: Racing for America's drivers take top spots around
the globe, while RfA creates The U.S.A.'s first open wheel team competing
in Europe in 25 years! The RfA Opel Euroseries team with Shan Groff. Later
in the year RfA would test NASCAR sensation Jerry Nadeau. RfA drivers would
show well and win in British F3, Formula Opel, Formula Atlantic, Barber
Dodge, Formula Ford 2000, and IndyLights.
- 1996:Co-winner of the top driver award, Memo Gidley,
is also chosen for a Formula 3 race, after taking the second spot in the
hot Formula Ford 2000 Championship. Other top spot winner, Tony Renna,
goes on to win Barber Ford Ford Championship, The Barber Dodge Pro Series
Big Scholarship, and has a tremendous string of four races in the British
Formula 3 Championship, leading in his last race. Jeff Bucknum wins in
Barber Dodge, and RfA's top ten include Jeff Shafer, and Paul Edwards.
- 1997: RfA starts off running with Jerry Nadeau testing
very fast in his Formula Opel test. Plans are made to run the full season
if funding can be found. Funding runs out after eight races, but Nadeau
makes a HUGE impression on the racing world. Racing for Worldwide formed,
to help bring all "Racing for" programs together.
- Racing for America is turning to American business to
- co-sponsor a group of promising American drivers throughout
the year in a variety of prestigious series. We plan to enter drivers in
the British F3
- series, the European F3 and F3000, and the Opel Lotus
series as we did in
- previous years. In the US, we plan to work with America's
finest drivers in Formula Atlantic, Barber Saab, Indy Lights, and other
- We return to motor sports to help not only American drivers
compete on a more even playing field around the world, but also address
the other troubling issues concerning America's lack of presence in motor
sports worldwide. We have planned an ambitious program for 1999 and 2000.
- Contact: Racing for America,
- In North America; 1.800.590.7223, FAX 126.96.36.19903,
or write, RfW, PO BOX 770274, Cleveland Ohio, 44107, USA.
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