LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 20) American open-wheel racing star Michael Andretti will be a guest coach and instructor for rounds five and six of the Skip Barber 2.0-liter Formula Dodge Southern Race Series championship Dec. 6-7 at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Andretti will work side-by-side with the regular Skip Barber coaching staff, providing feedback, instruction and coaching to the 40 or so drivers entered in the race weekend.
A "meet-and-greet" dinner is also planned for the evening of the 6th.
Earlier this month, Michael's son Marco, 16, won the championship in the Skip Barber 2.0-liter Formula Dodge Eastern Race Series.
After nineteen years as one of the world's most accomplished and recognized drivers, Andretti retired from the cockpit following the 2003 Indy 500 and devoted the rest of this season to running his recently formed organization, Andretti Green Racing.
The Andretti family has a long history with Skip Barber Racing. All the sons of twin brothers Mario and Aldo who've gone racing Mario's Jeff and Michael, and Aldo's John and Adam are graduates of the Skip Barber Racing School. Michael's brother Jeff won the Skip Barber Formula Ford Eastern Series title in 1983, and Michael himself won an SCCA Formula Ford championship in a car prepared and run by Skip Barber Racing in the early 1980s.
NOTES: A celebrity of another kind is stepping into the cockpit of a Skip Barber Formula Dodge, beginning today. Christopher Kennedy Masterson, 23, the actor who plays Francis on Fox TV's "Malcolm in the Middle" (and brother of Danny, 22, who plays Steve Hyde on "That `70s Show," also a Fox property), is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., attending a Skip Barber Three-Day Competition Course.