IRL: Skip Barber Grads Score Top-10 Finishes

Stock Cars, Sports Cars, Open-Wheel Cars, just about any kind of car will do for a Skip Barber grad. A busy weekend of racing saw a number of Skip Barber trained drivers feature in the Top-10 of events at Darlington, Sebring and Phoenix.

Stock Cars, Sports Cars, Open-Wheel Cars, just about any kind of car will do for a Skip Barber grad.

A busy weekend of racing saw a number of Skip Barber trained drivers feature in the Top-10 of events at Darlington, Sebring and Phoenix. The highlight of the weekend was Ward Burton’s return to victory lane at the Mall.com 400 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Burton led 188 of 293 laps in beating some fast competition to the checkered flag.

Burton was joined by his brother Jeff in fifth-place and Jeff Gordon in eighth-place. Bobby Labonte, who finished 11th, retains his lead in the Winston Cup standings.

Put a Dodge Viper GTS-R run by the ORECA crew in a race and you can just about bet the farm that they’ll win it. Saturday evening at the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Dodge, the Viper squad claimed first, second and third in the GTS class completing a sweep of the 36 hours of Florida if you include the Rolex 24 at Daytona where the all-conquering cars won the overall victory in addition to the GTS class honors. The Dodge Viper is an official car of the Dodge/Skip Barber Driving School.

With stints in both the No. 92 and No. 93 Viper, Skip Barber grad David Donohue, son of legend Mark, placed second and third in class. In the GT class, David Murry finished second.

Michelin tires also had the honor of victory in all three classes at Sebring as the race winning Audi R8R, the Dodge Viper GTS-R and the GT class winning Porsche GT3R of Dick Barbour Racing were all Michelin shod. Michelin is the official tire supplier to the Skip Barber Racing School, the Barber Dodge Pro Series, the Skip Barber Race Series and the Dodge/Skip Barber Driving School.

Also this weekend at Sebring International Raceway was Round 1 of the Women’s Global GT Series where Skip Barber Racing School Instructor and staff member Divina Galica qualified on pole and finished the race in second-place. Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series veteran and current Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Milka Duno scored a fourth-place finish.

Finally, the Indy Northern Light Racing League held its first event with a new title sponsor name. Skip Barber alumni Scott Sharp (5th) and Orlando race-winner and ’89 Barber Pro Series Champ Robbie Buhl (7th) scored valuable top-10 points toward the season championship tally. Buhl hangs onto second place in the overall classification.

-George Tamayo

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Series ALMS , IndyCar , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Milka Duno , Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Robbie Buhl , Scott Sharp , David Murry , Dick Barbour , Skip Barber , Divina Galica