The Team Ireland Foundation, a national programme of support and development for talented drivers in the sports of rallying, racing, and karting, was launched in February 2016. The Team Ireland Foundation focusses on identifying, supporting, and coaching Irish competitors who can succeed in all categories of competition both domestically and across the globe. Its aim is to put Irish drivers at the forefront of international motorsport.
The late John J. Campion was the first Team Ireland Ambassador up until his untimely passing in October 2020. John oversaw a period of tremendous success for the Team Ireland Foundation, with the programme returning the first ever FIA title won by an Irish racing driver and a US F3 series race win.
In 2019 the Team Ireland network welcomed John Coyne as an Ambassador and through his support the Team Ireland Foundation was expanded to include the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy. Since then we have had two FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) podiums and an Irish International Driver of the Year Award, ERC and WRC3 debuts and a rally win.
The late John J. Campion (L) and John Coyne (R)
The Team Ireland Foundation alongside Sport Ireland, supports and co-funds the Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year Award, Sexton Young Racing Driver of the Year Award, the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, the Fitness and Performance programme and the Go Girls Karting Initiative.
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