RACE DEBRIEF

    South Florida Motorsports (SFM), the organisers of the Miami Grand Prix, the City of Miami Gardens and Hard Rock International have surprised students and instructors on the F1 in Schools programme with tickets to the inaugural event on May 6-8 2022, at Hard Rock Stadium.

    Created in 2000, F1 in Schools is dedicated to introducing students to design, engineering, project management, branding, marketing, and teamwork using the excitement and appeal of Formula 1. F1 in Schools is one of the largest global educational programmes that raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among students and school children.

    “This intentional investment in our youth through F1 in Schools will go a long way to inspire careers in motorsports,” said Jason Jenkins, Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Miami Grand Prix. “The opportunity and exposure these students will gain from the upcoming event will be an experience they will never forget.”

    “F1 in Schools is going to be a major part of the next 10-year partnership that we'll have with Formula 1. We hope that our kids will grow and learn something now while they're still young that can carry them over where they can be productive in the science, technology, and engineering field,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris.

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    F1 Diversity and Inclusion representative Willy T. Ribbs was impressed by the talent on show

    Motorsports legend Willy T. Ribbs, was on hand to mentor the students and talk about his illustrious career. The Diversity and Inclusion representative for Formula 1 inspired students to seek careers in motorsport by championing pathways into engineering and underlining the importance of STEM subjects in schools.

    “These kids have so much capability. The support from Formula 1 and this investment in the STEM program is going to accelerate their learning process,” said Ribbs. “If they want to be in the sport as an engineer, as a designer or as a driver, this all accelerates their goal. It’s amazing what these kids know today as opposed to what I knew. They are lightyears ahead of where I was at the same age.”

    After the surprise ticket giveaway, programme instructors from Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge (S.E.E.K) received tickets to Maluma at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on May 5. Participants also received meals from Miami Grand Prix restaurant partner and Miami Gardens black-owned business Lovely’s On The Go.

    “We are so proud to join forces with F1 Miami and F1 Global on meaningful community outreach,” said Gina Morales, VP of Brand Reputation for Hard Rock International. “Music heals and inspires and what better way to thank educators than to surprise them to see one of the biggest musicians in the world? We welcome them to our flagship property Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood during the big race weekend in May.”