Press Release BARBER DODGE SCHOLARSHIP LADDER Skip Barber Racing, Indy Lights Co-Announce "Bottom-to-Top" Scholarships MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 26) - Roger Bailey, president of the PPG-Firestone Indy Lights Championship, and Skip Barber, the...
Press Release BARBER DODGE SCHOLARSHIP LADDER Skip Barber Racing, Indy Lights Co-Announce "Bottom-to-Top" Scholarships MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 26) - Roger Bailey, president of the PPG-Firestone Indy Lights Championship, and Skip Barber, the principal behind the Skip Barber Racing School, the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series and the Barber Dodge Pro Series, today announced the formation of the most comprehensive motorsports scholarship program in the industry. Starting in 1998, the Barber Dodge Scholarship Ladder begins at the karting level and runs through Indy Lights. This Scholarship Ladder will start out with an annual value approaching $1 million. Additional awards will be announced in the near future. With this Ladder, it is possible for a young (read: "no money"), up-and-coming talent to rise from racing’s basic starting point to the level of an Indy car test based on talent alone. It differs substantially from other scholarships in that this Ladder provides financial assistance at every step. Following is its basic outline. . .
1 The International Karting Federation (IKF) and the World Karting Association (WKA) will pick a total of 16 of their best young karters. All 16 drivers will be awarded a Skip Barber Three Day Racing School, followed by a two-day Shoot-out. The top four drivers will win a full season of competition in one of the four regional Skip Barber 2.0L Formula Dodge Race Series. Scholarship Value: $175,000.
2 The four 2.0L Series champions (Eastern, Midwestern, Southern and Western) and the six other most talented Series drivers compete in the "Big Scholarship" Shoot-out. The winner earns a full season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship. Scholarship Value: $175,000
3 At the Pro Series level, the most successful first-year driver who’s come out of the 2.0L Formula Dodge Race Series is named the "Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year." Winning earns him a full season of Barber Dodge competition the following year. Scholarship Value: $150,000
4 Beginning with the 1998 Barber Dodge Pro Series, the season championship Career Enhancement Award has been increased from $150,000 to $300,000. The Career Enhancement Award will be $250,000 in cash, plus the Indy Lights engine-lease package, valued at $50,000. Scholarship Value: $300,000
5 Topping the Barber Dodge Scholarship Ladder is an award that goes to the Indy Lights champion. If the champion is a "Skip Barber Guy," he is awarded a full-day, 200-mile CART Indy car test day with Patrick Racing. Scholarship Value: $50,000
"This country needs a clearly defined ladder in open wheel racing. This scholarship program should help achieve that," Bailey says. Barber said, "I am tired of seeing talented kids not go as far as they should. The Barber Dodge Scholarship Ladder makes it possible for some of those to succeed. We’re offering 23 scholarships every year, from $4,400 to $300,000. That’s a pretty good start."