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Team Canada Scholarship - Amateur Motorsports Fund

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The founders of Team Canada Scholarship are passionate about building a racing ladder in Canada to IndyCar and other professional motorsports. Celebrating our 10th year, TCS will send 2 drivers to the UK to race in the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy races! www.teamcanadascholarship.ca

HOW TEAM CANADA SCHOLARSHIP GOT STARTED

After following the Formula Ford Festival and learning about the history of the greatest FF race on earth, held annually at Brands Hatch racetrack in the UK, Brian Graham (Founder of BGR Racing) wondered how he could become involved and support the young and rising drives in Canada.
His friend Jeremy Shaw had been running a scholarship program in the USA very successfully as – Team USA Scholarship and Brian reached out to Jeremy for a chat. After watching a few of the BGR alumni head to the Festival as Team USA drivers, it was clear that something had to happen to allow Canada to get involved.
A few years later the Team Canada Scholarship program was born. It was really a terrific debut, with a young French Canadian driver Xavier Coupal being selected to represent Team Canada.
The trip came close to being a fairy tale come true when Coupal won his semi-final and lined up on pole for the final. He led the opening 11 laps only to lose the lead to the eventual winner Irishman Ivor McCullough. Shortly after that, he was bumped off the circuit by another competitor and ended his day in the gravel.
But the fire had been lit! As the years progressed, so have the number of drivers who have made the journey each year to the Festival.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to help guide Canadian open wheel drivers to assist them in reaching their dreams in motorsports. This is one step in building this racing ladder for Canadian drivers, but it gives them their first taste of international competition, in a car with different tires, chassis, and engines, from what they are used to here in Canada. It forces drivers to quickly adapt, learn and embrace new challenges.
To this point, Team Canada Scholarship has been made possible solely through the hard efforts of the team at Brian Graham Racing. But, with the assistance of other like-minded motorsports enthusiasts, we have now begun to expand the vision of what is possible.
These include:
Transitioning to a structured stand-alone non-profit organization
Creating a selection committee of prominent motorsports individuals to evaluate and choose Team Canada participants
Create a “Shootout” event for the purpose of evaluating Canadian talent
Send two drivers to participate in Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy Race. By giving an opportunity to race on consecutive weekends, our drivers will have acclimatized to the cars, their team, and new tires and compete for a podium.
Expand fundraising activities and corporate participation

HOW TO HELP

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FOUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS

FOUNDERS
Brian Graham - BGR Racing
Kelly Neilson - BGR Racing
Neil Braun
Mark Boudreau
Alastair Taylor

AMBASSADORS AND SHOOTOUT JUDGES
James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
Kyle Marcelli