Steamboat Springs race car driver Winston de Wardt has joined the United Colours program.
United Colours does not operate race teams, but the United States and United Kingdom group places drivers with top teams and secures commercial partners to help with competition funding.
De Wardt, a Formula One hopeful, is the first driver to join United Colours.
"United Col--ours has provided me with the best possible opportunity for my future," de Wardt, 20, said. "This is fantastic news for me, and I hope this is where my racing career will really start to take off."
De Wardt has been enrolled in the Skip Barber National Series, a proven training ground for professional auto racers.
"He embodies the values of the United Colours program," United Colours' Patrick Calello said. "Very much a world citizen, his focus is apparent, and we expect that with our direction and the benefit to draw from our combined experience, Winston will be able to carve a successful future for himself as a leading race driver on the global stage."
De Wardt has two rounds left in the 2005 Skip Barber series, and he will compete in the Formula Renault UK series in the United Kingdom next year.
"I know there will be a lot expected of me," de Wardt said. "But I will be pushing myself to the limit, and I have great expectations of what we can achieve together. Of course, I am focused on my job for the remainder of this season, but I am really looking forward to next year."
United Colours is a new group of successful businesspeople and those familiar with motor racing.