LAKEVILLE, Conn. (June 14) - The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most prestigious sports car race, has been won overall by Skip Barber grad Seiji Ara in an Audi R8 for Audi Sport Team Goh, along with co-drivers Tom Kristensen (now a six-time winner of this event, matching Jackie Ickx, though Kristensen is the first to win it five times in a row) and Rinaldo "Dindo" Capello (now with two wins at Le Mans).
Ara completed a Skip Barber Three Day Racing School in 1995, followed immediately by competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Regional Race Series. By 1996, Ara was racing professionally in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Ari's success at Le Mans marks the first time that a former Barber Dodge Pro Series/Skip Barber Racing competitor has won, overall, the "Greatest Sports Car Race in the World."
Patrick Long, current Porsche factory driver, is also a Skip Barber Three-Day grad (1997), a Skip Barber Karting Scholarship winner (1999) and former Formula Dodge competitor (six wins in 12 starts, 1999-2000 Western Region). Long scored the victory in the GT Class in a Porsche 911 GT3-RSR for White Lightning/Peterson Motorsport with co-drivers Sascha Maasen and Jorg Bergmeister (brother of Tim Bergmeister, who also raced in the Barber Dodge Pro Series).
Clint Field, a 1999 Skip Barber Three-Day graduate and a former Formula Dodge racer, along with William Binnie, Formula Dodge competitor in 1998 and 1999, and teammate Rick Sutherland (Advanced Activity alum), earned the LMP2 Class win in their Lola- Judd B2/40 for Intersport Racing.
Obviously great results for all of these Skip Barber-trained drivers.