Skip Barber National (and Regional) standout John Edwards, 13, of Little Rock, Ark., was chosen late last week (Oct.14) by the Red Bull Driver Search judges to join the so-called Junior Team for 2005. On Sunday night (Oct.17), John sent the ...
Skip Barber National (and Regional) standout John Edwards, 13, of Little Rock, Ark., was chosen late last week (Oct.14) by the Red Bull Driver Search judges to join the so-called Junior Team for 2005.
On Sunday night (Oct.17), John sent the following e-mail out to his ''crew.''
Sorry I wasn't able to update you from Estoril, Portugal, but I'm glad you found the press releases.
I left for Europe on a Wednesday, and got there on a Thursday. Literally, a full day of travel. Then we were told that we were to go to the Red Bull Training Center after just a few hours of rest at the hotel. (What?!) Fortunately, we were only doing some medical tests, nothing physical before we got a night's rest.
The first day we cycled. My program was a little different because of my age, and involved more endurance than strength. They took our blood to monitor our lactic acid as it rose and fell.
On the second day we ran on the treadmill. They once again monitored our lactic acids as they took our blood every three minutes.
From there we traveled to Portugal and got a little time to rest. The next day we went to the track for orientation. ''Orientation'' meant walking the track, biking the track, and pouring our seats in preparation for the next two days of testing in Formula 3 cars.
The car was simply incredible. I was coming off of Turn 4 on to the back straight and got wheelspin in 3rd gear! Sure, this happens a little bit in the Skip Barber R/T 2000, an any other car for that matter as a car goes over a rise, but this happened on flat tarmac, and I needed opposite lock to save it. The rest of Day One was spent adapting to the car and the track.
Day Two I spent the morning waiting. I didn't get to drive until after lunch because they put Colin Fleming [another Red Bull Driver Search junior driver who's also a Skippy guy] in the car in the morning when the track was at its best, then put Matt Jaskol [ditto] in the car. Then I got in the car and got right back into a rhythm. I drove a lot in the afternoon because the judges wanted to watch me to see how I improved. They also watched how I responded to their feedback and how I translated it to the track.
Later I was told I had been chosen as a Red Bull Junior Driver for 2005. They told me I was to find a series for myself next year, and they would approve it. I'll be racing in the U.S. for next season, then to the German Formula BMW ADAC series (1.1-litre carbon-fibre open-wheelers).
Perhaps a 2005 Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER effort, followed by Formula BMW ADAC in '06?
It has been an incredible week. I have to thank everybody for the opportunities you have given me. Each of you have all helped me, from the coaches at Skip Barber, to the administrative staff at Skip Barber for letting me drive in the first place, to the drivers who have given me great competition and help throughout my progress in the Skip Barber Series. Thank you all,
- John Edwards