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Fisichella to launch motorsports academy 07 Jun 2007

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault in the FIA Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Preparations, Montreal, Canada, Thursday, 7 June 2007

Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella has announced plans to open the world’s first academy dedicated to motorsport. The new school will be based at the Italian test track of Vallelunga, situated near Fisichella’s home city of Rome.

The Italian hopes the project will educate a new generation of mechanics, telemetrists, aerodynamicists, race engineers and team managers. A variety of courses will be offered, taught by academy staff alongside some of the biggest names in motorsport. More specialized classes have been designed for students who hope to become personal trainers, commercial executives, public relations officers and catering managers.

At the end of their respective courses, all graduates will receive a diploma of merit from the academy and will appear on a list of prospective employees, which will be made available to all teams seeking new staff for motor racing ventures.

The academy will be situated within the Fisichella Motor Sport Technopole, which, when built, will also house a museum celebrating the Italian’s career, a shopping centre and the head office of Fisichella’s racing teams.