(LAKEVILLE, Conn) Feb. 7, 2000 -Jeremy Dale, a Rolex 24 at Daytona and IMSA race winner, was named as Managing Director of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Dale is now charged with managing the overall operation of North America's premier open-wheel,...
(LAKEVILLE, Conn) Feb. 7, 2000 -Jeremy Dale, a Rolex 24 at Daytona and IMSA race winner, was named as Managing Director of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Dale is now charged with managing the overall operation of North America's premier open-wheel, professional development series.
"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Jeremy's stature and experience in charge of our showcase property," Skip Barber said. "Under his guidance, I am certain that the Barber Dodge Pro Series will realize the limitless potential that I believe it has always had."
Chiefly, Dale will assume responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Barber Dodge Pro Series, coordinating the efforts of various staff toward achieving the singular goal of continued growth for the series. Steve Sewell remains Operations Director in charge of the day to day operation of the series, and Rick Ratajczak remains Series Director with his efforts focused primarily on driver relations.
"I am very excited at having been given this opportunity," Dale commented. "After having been involved in motorsports at many different levels, from driving, to coaching, to media and marketing, I feel that I have the perspective to lead the Barber Dodge Pro Series to a new level."
Dale, 37, of Toronto, Ontario, has long had an affiliation with Skip Barber Racing School. He began his racing career in the Skip Barber Formula Ford Eastern Race Series winning 13 races in his rookie season earning him Rookie of the Year honors in 1984. That momentum carried over into the Barber Pro Series where he won nine races, set six track records, and finished on the podium a remarkable 18 times in 27 starts.
An IMSA Firehawk Championship soon followed Dale's Barber Pro Series accomplishments, which led to an IMSA GTU factory drive for Dodge in 1989. The following year Dale rose to the GTO class driving a factory Nissan from '90 to '92. A move up to the premier World Sports Car class in 1994 gave rise to back-to-back class victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in '94 and '95, as well as a manufacturer championship for Oldsmobile. As the result of serious injuries sustained to both legs from a racing accident at Road Atlanta in 1995 while driving a factory Oldsmobile powered WSC car, Dale no longer drives professionally. He has subsequently provided his expertise as color commentator for both ESPN and Speedvision.
"Having gotten my start with Skip Barber," Dale added, "it's nice to have come full circle and have the chance to give something back to this amazing organization."