SBRS: 1996 Skip Barber Big Scholarship report

Press Release Contact: Rick Roso (860) 435-4646 NICK RONDET MAKES THE CUT IN BARBER SHOOTOUT SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 14) - Nick Rondet of San Diego, Calif., won the sixth annual Skip Barber Racing "Big Scholarship" shootout held at Sebring ...

Press Release Contact: Rick Roso (860) 435-4646

NICK RONDET MAKES THE CUT IN BARBER SHOOTOUT

SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 14) - Nick Rondet of San Diego, Calif., won the sixth annual Skip Barber Racing "Big Scholarship" shootout held at Sebring International Raceway's Indy car test circuit Nov. 11-12-13. After the three days of on- and off-track assessments by a select panel of judges, Rondet earned the $70,000 to race in the 1997 SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series.

Each year, the champions and other top drivers from the regional Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series championships (the 2.0L Formula Dodge race cars) are invited to the "Big Scholarship" shootout. This year 12 competitors made the show, including 25-year-old Rondet, the 1996 Formula Dodge Western Summer Race Series champion.

In the shootout, all invitees drive the 3.5L, 240 h.p. wings-and-slicks Pro Series cars over a series of "practice" and "qualifying" sessions. Including judgments surrounding their public relations skills, each driver's on-track skills are evaluated. Rondet, born in France, was one of the quickest drivers over the three days and was judged the most likely to succeed in racing's upper ranks (Indy Lights, then Indy cars) following his Barber Dodge career.

Judges this year included Trans-Am star Dorsey Schroeder, IMSA WSC driver Jeremy Dale, Indy car driver Robbie Buhl, and IMSA drivers (and Skip Barber instructors) Barry Waddell, Kelly Collins and Peter Argetsinger. Noted open-wheel journalists Gordon Kirby and Jeremy Shaw completed the panel.

"To be honest, I sort of feel sorry for the other guys," Rondet said. "They are all very good. I think in the final run, we final four guys were all within just a few tenths of each other. But you know, racing is a selfish sport. I am very happy that I was the one they picked, and I feel quite confident going into the 1997 Barber Dodge season."-end

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