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F1 in Schools champions to visit racing industry show 24 Nov 2010

F1 in Schools World Finals, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 22 September 2010. © F1 in Schools McLaren's Jenson Button with Unitus Racing team members, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 22 September 2010. © F1 in Schools F1 in Schools World Finals, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 22 September 2010. © F1 in Schools F1 in Schools World Finals, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, 22 September 2010. © F1 in Schools

Unitus Racing, the newly-crowned 2010 F1 in Schools world champions, are to showcase the educational initiative at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Florida next month. The American team from James Madison Middle School and Southeast High School competed with 24 other teams from 18 different countries to capture the title for the USA at the finals in September.

It will be the first time F1 in Schools has featured at the PRI Show and Unitus will race their championship-winning car on the custom-built F1 in Schools track. A display of their work, explaining the design process they undertook to build their scale model car, and a presentation of the F1 in Schools programme will also be exhibited.

Unitus team manager, Amanda Clark, and her team mates Mark Nanney, Tony Griffin, Brandon Miranda and Yatrik Solanki, will all be on hand at the PRI Show to talk to visitors about their experience at the World Finals in Singapore and to publicise the benefits of taking part in the contest.

“We never expected to be the world champions when we went to Singapore for the F1 in Schools World Finals in September, as the competition was really tough; there were so many good teams and innovative designs,” said Clark. “Winning the competition has been amazing, with lots of media coverage and publicity opportunities. Being invited to showcase our programme at PRI Show is the icing on the cake and we’re very proud to be displaying our work to people involved in the industry, who are potential future employers for us and many other students involved in F1 in Schools.”

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, added: “It is fantastic for Unitus Racing to be part of the PRI Show and they will be excellent ambassadors for the F1 in Schools programme. We are delighted that we will be able to promote F1 in Schools to around 38,000 show visitors, with the opportunity to encourage more schools and organisations to become involved in F1 in Schools in North America in the future."

F1 in Schools challenges students to design, manufacture and race miniature cars. It is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged nine to 19 years-old. The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative and exciting way.

The 23rd annual PRI Show takes place from December 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center, Florida.

For further information on F1 in Schools visit www.F1inSchools.com.