Aspiring race driver Ward Imrie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has received a terrific boost to his career by winning a scholarship from Skip Barber Racing. With a slew of karting championships to his name, the nineteen-year-old will now be able to make...
Aspiring race driver Ward Imrie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has received a terrific boost to his career by winning a scholarship from Skip Barber Racing. With a slew of karting championships to his name, the nineteen-year-old will now be able to make the jump to cars thanks to the Barber-CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) Scholarship which provides for a full season of racing in the Formula Dodge National Championship.
Imrie was one of four scholarship winners, and the sole Canadian, selected from a group of sixteen finalists representing North America's top karters and most promising young racers. The drivers were evaluated over two days, January 3-4, at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
"The competition was very tough, so I feel really good about being selected for this scholarship," Imrie reported. "I heard the judges had a tough time picking the winners. I think all the finalists probably have what it takes to make a career in racing, so I'm sure it was very difficult to choose."
The Formula Dodge National Championship, which begins in the spring, comprises twelve races at some of the continent's premier tracks. Drivers compete head-to-head in identical equipment, an environment in which Imrie's racing skills will become finely honed. Furthermore, success could lead to a scholarship in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, the next step up the ladder.
"I'm aiming to race in CART or Formula One, the top levels of motorsport," said Ward. "And many of the drivers in those cars came to Skip Barber at some point, so I'm sure this will be good for my career. I'm very grateful for this opportunity, many thanks to the Skip Barber organization but, most of all, I have to thank my parents for believing in me and helping me chase my dream."