(SEBRING, Fla.) December 8, 2001- Scott Poirier earned himself a seat in the 2002 Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER after turning in a nearly flawless performance over two days of runoffs at Sebring International Raceway. The $45,000 scholarship was up for grabs among seven selected racers from the four regions of the Skip Barber Race Series. Poirier, who finished second in the 2001 Southern Region led three of the four on track sessions and as a result the group of six judges deemed him most worthy of the prize.

"Thanks to the entire Skip Barber organization for putting on this competition and giving us the opportunity to move up the CART Ladder. I'm looking forward to competing in next year's National Championship against theses guys (his fellow scholarship candidates.)" said Poirier when he was announced as the scholarship recipient. "It 's a really tough series and I'm going to give it my best."

Poirier, 18, from Deerfield Beach, Fla., will now face off with the North America's top amateur racers in one of America's most competitive series, the Official Amateur National Championship of CART. The prize for the series title-holder is a seat in the subsequent year's Barber Dodge Pro Series.

In 2001, Poirier claimed 8 victories and 12 podiums in 14 starts and was acknowledged as the series Rookie of the Year.

"Scott is turning out to be quite a talent. His performance over the two days of the scholarship runoff was very steady and mature despite his age and experience," said Divina Galica, Managing Director of the Skip Barber Race Series. "I expect that he will do quite well in next year's National Series."

Pushing him all the way through the two days of competition that were comprised of four on track sessions as well as off track evaluation by the panel of judges was Gerardo Bonilla. He led the opening session that took place on a damp but drying track. Thereafter it was all Poirier with Bonilla on his heels. The five other candidates, Chris Baker, Daniel Lancaster, Mike Marino Ben Moore III, and Andy Newell each drove superbly but in the end were not a match for Poirier.