NA-F2000: SBRS: Barber Alumni in F2000 Hall of Fame Nominations

Seven individuals have been nominated to become a part of the U.S. F2000 Hall of Fame Class of 2000, and four are Skip Barber Trained drivers. Race Series veteran Mike Borkowski, Three Day Racing School grads Robbie McGehee and Sam Schmidt, and...

Seven individuals have been nominated to become a part of the U.S. F2000 Hall of Fame Class of 2000, and four are Skip Barber Trained drivers.

Race Series veteran Mike Borkowski, Three Day Racing School grads Robbie McGehee and Sam Schmidt, and former Barber Dodge Pro Series competitor Memo Gidley join Alex Barron, Steve Challis and Jeret Schroeder on the list of nominees. The Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of former F2000 drivers in motorsports industry.

Both Borkowski and McGehee have made good use of their Skip Barber training. McGehee won the 1999 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year honor and has returned to a top-ranked team for the 2000 campaign. Borkowski won an SCCA Pro Racing ACC Championship in 1994 before winning the SCCA Trans Am Rookie of the Year title in ’97. 2000 finds Borokowski contesting the NASCAR Busch Grand National series.

Gidley used F2000 as the spring-board for his 1996 Barber Dodge Pro Series run that netted him five top-10 finishes. In the following years, he garnered multiple victories in Toyota Atlantic before making a splash as a substitute driver in the 1999 CART FedEx Series.

Following his Three Day experience, Schmidt finished fourth in the 1996 U.S. F2000 National Championship. He became the first F2000 driver to make the grade in the IRL. 1999 was a breakthrough year for Schmidt capturing his first IRL pole en route to his maiden victory, and ultimately a fifth place finish overall.

The Hall Of Fame Class will be announced following the F2000 season opener on March 19.

-George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Memo Gidley , Jeret Schroeder , Alex Barron , Sam Schmidt , Skip Barber , Mike Borkowski