2005 Schedule: Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Jan.4) - The Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER announced its 2005 schedule today. Two of its seven race-weekends will support premier ALMS events: the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in mid-March, and the Road America 500 in late August.

National Championship Managing Director Todd Snyder said, ''We made a concerted effort to get the National on the cards at some big spectator events, and Sebring and Road America are two of America's most noteworthy tracks. Of course, VIR, Lime Rock and Mont-Tremblant are also fantastic venues, so we think we've got a very solid 'driver's' championship on tap for 2005.'' Snyder added, ''We're still working on a venue for the finale -- right now, we're focusing on getting a top-notch West Coast event -- and hope to have some exciting news in that regard soon.''

New for 2005 is the integration of the Skip Barber Masters National Championship into the 'regular' field; drivers over the age of 40 will compete for their own championship awards as a distinct category.

The Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER is a professional junior formula series that employs up to 30 identically prepared 150hp Dodge 2.0-liter, sequential gearboxed, wings-and-slicks R/T 2000 single-seat race cars. A full season of the seven-weekend, 14-race championship costs $38,150.

Headquartered in Lakeville, Conn., Skip Barber Racing is the world's largest racing and driving school, operating at nearly 30 race tracks across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the Racing School and the Dodge/Skip Barber Driving School, it also owns and operates five open-wheel racing championships: The Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER, and four Skip Barber Regional Race Series (East, West, South and Midwest). More information is available by calling 860.435.1300, and at www.skipbarber.com.