VMB Driver Development, LLC was established in January of 2014 with the purpose of identifying and selecting young up and coming race car drivers and to help advance their careers.

The key component to the program is a scholarship consisting of a seat in VMB's FormulaSPEED open wheel race car for one season. This part of the scholarship is run in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear series. In 2015 the program expanded to be a multi level program including Pro Formula Mazda. In 2016 the program grew to a 2 car FormulaSPEED program, giving VMB drivers the added benefit of having a teammate in identical equipment.

VMB Driver Development, LLC has partnered with World Speed Motorsports and Standing Start to provide driver coaching, engineering, mechanical support and logistics. Together the goal is to teach all aspects of driving, race management, preparation and marketing skills needed in order for the driver to keep moving up in racing.

"I have always loved watching racing as a young kid. The Indy 500, Formula One, especially the open-wheel cars. It is amazing to me how fast, yet precise these cars perform,and now I am pleased to be involved at this level and to be helping the next generation of racing stars." stated VMB Principal Steve Brisentine.

World Speed Rising Star Award

"A few years ago as I attended the GoPro Indy Grand Prix, I stopped by the World Speed trailer and noticed the sign about buying a car and entering the series. While I am a little to old to begin a career of driving, I wanted to be involved on race weekends. I wanted to be more than just a fan. If I can give back by providing a seat for a driver that otherwise cannot afford it, this will all be worthwhile."

- Steve Brisentine VMB Driver Development

About the Rising Star Award and VMB Academy with World Speed Motorsports

The World Speed Motorsports Rising Star Awards have been helping young racers move up the open wheel racing ladder for years. The award includes a free test with WSM, and is presented to up and coming racers that WSM believes have what it takes to become a pro driver. Many of the past winners of the award have gone on to great successes in racing. Some of the past winners have included:

The ultimate goal of the VMB Academy with World Speed Motorsports is to bring new drivers, from karting, school racing, etc. in at the FormulaSPEED level and assist them up through the Mazda Road to Indy and/or Mazda Road to 24 programs. The VMB Scholarship drivers compete in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear, which is a Mazda recognized feeder series to both of their scholarship programs. (more details...)

More info about World Speed Motorsports: www.WorldSpeed.com