Step One Automotive Group invites community to participate in HSU


FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., October 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On Thursday, October 28, the community is invited to HSU Innovation Institute, 709 Anchors Street at 3 p.m., to meet and attend FIA Formula 3 driver JM Correa at a presentation where the advanced robotics team at HSU Werx will present Correa with their design plans for an autonomous electric vehicle. These high school students participate in the Electric Vehicle Building Competition, an event sponsored by Step One Automotive Group and Suncoast Transmissions, which involves two teams competing to build an electric vehicle from scratch.

JM Correa is an Ecuadorian-American racing driver who grew up in Miami and currently competes in the ART Grand Prix in Formula 3 FIA. returned to Europe this year to participate in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship.

JM’s passion, commitment and unwavering determination have allowed him to be part of a very small number of drivers competing in the elite and exclusive club of the F3 and F2 feeder series. These same characteristics are the reason JM now inspires a lot with one of the most incredible returns in motorsport history.

Correa will visit the Emerald Coast as part of a partnership with race sponsor Step One Automotive Group from Monday October 25 to Thursday October 28, 2021. He will participate in a week of activities in the region, including visits to two local schools to talk to kids about overcoming adversity; and a full day at the 7th Special Forces Group reunion with active duty members, some of whom are overcoming their own injuries.

“Always involved in my own recovery process, I am both keenly aware of the struggle many military and veterans face and have first-hand experience with the challenges of recovery and retraining,” Correa said. “I can’t wait to meet many of these Forever Warriors.”

Step One Automotive Group’s Forever Warriors initiative unites transitioning military personnel and their families with local business partners to ease the burden these heroes endure as they transition from military to civilian life.

The main goal is to bridge the gap between these transitioning warriors and local partners to help with employment and educational opportunities, as well as physical and mental well-being and awareness.

Although Forever Warriors was originally designed around Step One’s support for the military, serving in the military is not required 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 meet the criteria for a Forever Warrior.

JM Correa will share his own experiences while visiting Northwest Florida and his personal message for achieving his goals: “Happiness is possible in any physical condition, what you need is find a goal ”.

Step One Automotive Group
Maureen Bierman
[email protected]
(850) 461-2524


About JM Correa

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

About the automotive group Step One

Step One Automotive Group is a Florida-based American company that was founded on a singular dedication to empowering lives through smarter, easier ways to access 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 second-hand operations and 3 parts wholesale operations. Out of 18,000 dealerships in the United States, Step One Automotive Group ranks among the top 90 dealer groups in the country and the top 10 in Florida. The head office of Step One Automotive Group is located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Please visit

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Image 1: JM Correa with an F3 car sponsored by a SOAG partner.

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