SBRS: Brett Smrz VIR preview

SMRZ RETURNS TO SKIP BARBER NATIONAL COCKPIT AT VIR ALTON, VA. (April 23, 2009) -- American formula car standout Brett Smrz returns to the cockpit of a Skip Barber car this coming weekend (April 25-26), with Rounds Three and Four of the BF ...

SMRZ RETURNS TO SKIP BARBER NATIONAL COCKPIT AT VIR

ALTON, VA. (April 23, 2009) -- American formula car standout Brett Smrz returns to the cockpit of a Skip Barber car this coming weekend (April 25-26), with Rounds Three and Four of the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Series presented by Mazda taking place at Virginia International Raceway. For the Idaho-based Smrz, the doubleheader will not only provide the opportunity to enhance his position in the championship fight, but also allow him to showcase his talents to teams in the Star Mazda Championship and Grand-Am Rolex Series as part of the Bosch Engineering 250 event.

Over a month after commencing his 2009 race campaign in Florida at the historic Sebring International Raceway as part of the famed '12 Hour' event, Smrz enters the second event of the Skip Barber National season poised to better his season best result of 10th thus far, and challenge for top honors in his Wagner Racing Products/In Touch Physical Therapy backed car. Smrz, who lost his lower left leg in a freak trampoline accident in the spring of 2007, recently acclimatized himself to the fast 3.27-mile road course in Virginia via the Oak Tree SCCA Double National event. Piloting a Mazda Miata MX-5 in the STU class, Smrz not only scored a pair of wins, but also turned times on par with leading pro Mazda Miata MX-5 drivers. With the added seat-time prior to Skip Barber National doubleheader, the talented young America is confident about this weekend's races.

"I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Skip Barber National car," stated Smrz. "I like the VIR track and think I have a shot of leaving the weekend with a pair of good results."

The action for Smrz and the rest of the BF Goodrich/Skip Barber National Series presented by Mazda at Virginia International commences on Thursday (April 23) with three hour-long test sessions. One day later, the lone practice session will be held at 8:15 a.m., followed by qualifying for Round Three at 12:45 p.m. The green flag for first race of the doubleheader is scheduled to wave at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Sunday (April 26) features qualifying for race two at 8:30 a.m., with Round Four getting underway at 3:45 p.m.

-credit: www.brettsmrz.com

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Skip Barber , Brett Smrz