SBRS: Montoyas go to school

How would you feel if you enrolled in a racing school, and one of the people there to give you advice and encouragement was a CART Champ Car champion, an Indy 500 winner and a three-time F1 race winner? That would be pretty cool, don't you ...

How would you feel if you enrolled in a racing school, and one of the people there to give you advice and encouragement was a CART Champ Car champion, an Indy 500 winner and a three-time F1 race winner? That would be pretty cool, don't you think?

Well, that exact scenario just happened at the Skip Barber Racing School in Sebring, Fla. A 16-year-old karter, making his first foray into racing cars, took a Skip Barber Two-Day Advanced Racing coursel. According to lead instructor Walt Bohren, the young karter did an exceptional job, following a bit of apprehensiveness in the beginning. And what famous racer was there to offer a hand? None other than Juan Pablo Montoya. And who was he helping? His little brother...

SEBRING, Fla. (November) Frederico Montoya, the younger brother of Juan Pablo Montoya -- Barber Dodge race winner, CART-Champ Car Champion, Indy 500 winner, three-time F1 race winner -- completed one of Skip Barber Racing's Advanced Two-Day Racing Schools at Sebring International Raceway last week. Using the same car as employed in the four Skip Barber Regional Series as well as the Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER -- the two-liter, 140h.p., sequential gearboxed R/T 2000 -- the up-and-coming karting star lapped the Sebring Modified circuit within a few tenths of what the frontrunners in the regional and national series do.

Older brother Juan Pablo was there to lend support, as well as observe the Skip Barber teaching system. The F1 star said even he learned a few things from the instructor corps in charge of the class: Walt Bohren, Don Kutschall, Todd Snyder and Keith Watts.

The boys' dad, Pablo, was also on hand during the two-day school and said he was impressed by the curriculum, which included sequential-gearbox technique, trail-brake practice, passing exercises, full-course lapping, starts and re-starts.

Final note: Divina Galica, managing director of both the Formula Dodge National Championship and the four regional Skip Barber Race Series, had conversations with Frederico's father about the youngster entering the Southern Region Race Series event at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Dec. 5-6-7, with Juan possibly stopping by. Hmmm... that's the same race weekend that Michael Andretti is guest coaching. And that would make for an A-list pit lane, we would say...

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