Skip Barber Announces Karting Scholarship Nominees
LAKEVILLE, Conn. - The Skip Barber Racing School has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship program.
The $150,000 Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship is part of the annual $1 million Skip Barber scholarship program that helps young, talented drivers progress from Karting to the CART FedEx Championship Series. Karting scholarship recipients will receive a season of competition (value of approximately $25,000) in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series, the largest open-wheel amateur championship in North America.
The field of 16 drivers was nominated by the World Karting Association (WKA) and the International Karting Association (IKF). The nominees will go through a five-day evaluation process (a Three-Day Skip Barber Racing School and two lapping days) to determine the winners of four Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarships.
The nominees for the Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarships are: Phillip Carlson of Gallup, N.M.; Kevin Christensen of Castaic, Calif.; Brian Conner of Martinez, Ga.; Shawn Gray of Putnam, Conn.; Joey Hand of Sacramento, Calif.; Ryan Howe of Temecula, Calif.; Jason LaPoint of San Francisco, Calif.; Patrick Long of Oak Park, Calif.; Jonathan Marcri of Gormley, Ontario; Kyle Martin of Carrollton, Texas; Brandon Miller of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Mike Rolison of West Linn, Ore.; Bryan Sellers of Centerville, Ohio; Tophie Stewart of Carmichael, Calif.; Jonathan Strohm of Wildwood, Mo.; and Chad Turner of Bakersfield, Calif.
The Formula Dodge racecar utilized in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series is ideal for developing driver skill. The Formula Dodge can generate 1.2 g of cornering force and is powered by a four-cylinder Dodge engine tuned to produce 130 horsepower.
This year's recipients of the Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarships made a big impact in their first Formula Dodge Race Series seasons. Michael Valiante of Vancouver, British Columbia recorded 11 victories in 14 starts and captured the Formula Dodge Midwest Series championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay of Boca Raton, Fla. posted six victories and finished fifth in the Eastern Series while Eric Jones of Granger, Iowa (three victories) and Phil Giebler of Oxnard, Calif. (four victories) finished eighth and ninth respectively in the Midwest Series.
The Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship program is open to any kart racer. For more information about the program please call Hollis Brown at (702) 260-6355 or (805) 256-7223.