Step One Automotive Group Invites Community to Attend HSU Educational Foundation Presentation With FIA Formula 3 Driver Juan Manuel Correa

JM Correa with SOAG partner sponsored F3 car.

On Thursday, October 28, the community is invited to the HSU Innovation Institute, 709 Anchors Street at 3 p.m., to meet FIA Formula 3 Driver JM Correa and attend a presentation where the HSU Werx Advanced Robotics Team will present their design plans for an autonomous electric vehicle to Correa. These high school students are participating in the Electric Vehicle Build Competition, an event sponsored by Step One Automotive Group and Suncoast Transmissions, that consists of two teams competing to build an electric vehicle from the ground up.

JM Correa is an American-Ecuadorian racing driver who grew up in Miami and currently competes with ART Grand Prix in FIA Formula 3. Having suffered a tragic and almost career-ending accident in August 2019 racing in F2 Championship at Spa Circuit in Belgium, JM returned to Europe this year to compete in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship.

JM's passion, commitment, and relentless determination have enabled him to be among a very small number of drivers competing in the elite and exclusive club of the F3 and F2 feeder series. Those same characteristics are the reason why JM is now inspiring many with one of the most incredible comebacks in motorsport history.

Correa will be visiting the Emerald Coast as part of a partnership with racing sponsor Step One Automotive Group starting Monday, Oct. 25, through Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. He will participate in a week of activities in the area, including visits to two local schools to talk to children about overcoming adversity and a full day at the 7th Special Forces Group meeting with active-duty service members, some of whom are overcoming injuries of their own.

"Still involved in my own recovery process, I am both keenly aware of the struggle many service members and veterans face and have firsthand experience with the challenges of recovery and retraining," said Correa. "I look forward to meeting many of these Forever Warriors."

The initiative, Forever Warriors, by Step One Automotive Group, unites transitioning military members and their families with local business partners to lessen the burdens these heroes endure during their transition from the military into civilian life.

The primary focus is on closing the gap between these transitioning warriors and local partners to aid in employment and educational opportunities and physical and mental wellness and awareness.

Though Forever Warriors was originally designed around Step One's support for the military, one does not have to serve in the military to meet the definition of a warrior. Police, first responders, medical workers, and anyone honorably navigating an overwhelming struggle or conflict in their lives also meets the criteria of a Forever Warrior.

JM Correa will be sharing his own experiences during his visit to Northwest Florida, and his personal message for achieving his goals, "Happiness is possible in any physical condition, what you need is to find a purpose."

Step One Automotive Group
Maureen Bierman
(850) 461-2524


About JM Correa

JM Correa is an American driver from Miami Florida, currently based in London, UK, and participating in the FIA Formula 3 2021 season with the French ART squad. Find out more at, Facebook:, Instagram: @juanmanuelcorrea

About Step One Automotive Group

Step One Automotive Group is an American company based in Florida that was built on a singular dedication to empowering lives through smarter and easier ways of accessing mobility. Step One Automotive Group has 19 locations in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, representing 16 brands including Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, Ram Fiat, Volkswagen, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai, Genesis, Ford, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, 2 pre-owned operations and 3 wholesale parts operations. Out of 18,000 dealerships in the United States, Step One Automotive Group ranks in the top 90 dealer groups in the country and the top 10 in Florida. Step One Automotive Group's headquarters are in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Please visit,

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Source: Step One Automotive Group