RRDC to present second RRDC/FIA Young Drivers Symposium in Long Beach
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HILLIARD, Ohio (March 5, 2010) - Following the success of its first seminar held at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in December, the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) will present its second RRDC/FIA Young Drivers Symposium, during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, on Saturday, April 17.

The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd., in Long Beach, Calif., from 8:30 a.m.-12;30 p.m. The workshop is open to drivers from all motorsports disciplines and there is no cost to attend. However, registration is required and space is limited. Participants are asked to register early at www.rrdc.org. All workshop materials, including a comprehensive workbook, will be provided.

Once again, Bobby Rahal, Indy 500 winner and president of the RRDC, will lead the "Safe is Fast" workshop - with S.A.F.E. an acronym for Skilled, Assured, Fit, Empowered - which will feature a number of racing champions who are RRDC members, plus renowned industry experts. The panel of experts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The goal of this series of free RRDC/FIA workshops, supported by a grant from the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, is to help young drivers raise their awareness of safety by teaching them to effectively manage their racing vehicles and themselves in all aspects of their careers. Topics to be covered include safety, physical fitness, setup and driving skills, sponsorship/branding, mental preparation, career management and more.

"The first RRDC/FIA symposium at the PRI show in December was a huge success," said Rahal, "with more than 150 participants in attendance. We were all impressed by the young drivers' focus on the program and the fact that they did not leave their seats for the entire four hours of the workshop."

Drivers from a wide variety of motorsports arenas, including karting, Skip Barber, Jim Russell, Star Mazda, drag racing, SCCA club racing, Legends racing, Late Models and professional sports-car racing, participated in the inaugural workshop.

"Many of the students showed their appreciation and indicated they had learned a great deal from the experts on the panel," added Rahal. "We hope to be able to provide an even more comprehensive program at the second of this series of RRDC/FIA symposiums."

A third symposium is planned in Indianapolis.

About the RRDC:
The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club now has more than 150 active members, including leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.
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