Skip Barber National Preview - VIR Alton, Va. (Apr.20) As the drivers of the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda head north from Sebring, Fla. to Virginia International Raceway for Round 5...
Skip Barber National Preview - VIR
Alton, Va. (Apr.20) As the drivers of the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda head north from Sebring, Fla. to Virginia International Raceway for Round 5 and 6 of the season, Mother Nature could have a bigger than expected affect on this weekend's results. After supporting the American Le Mans Series at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Skip Barber National is part of a full weekend of racing at VIR, featuring the Bosch Engineering 250 for the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series. MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Spencer Pigot looks to defend his championship lead from the likes of Dennis Trebing, the first two-time winner this season, first-time winner at Sebring Isaac Lyons and recently crowned Southern Race Series champ Ashley Freiberg.
Three to watch this weekend
VIR marks the first Skip Barber National race for Ashley Freiberg since she made history by becoming the first woman to win an overall Skip Barber Race Series championship at the recent Southern Race Series finale at Sebring International Raceway.
Nick Andries returns to Skip Barber National competition after a one-off Star Mazda race in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla. Nick hopes to capitalize on his experience in the more powerful Star Mazda car when he resumes his quest for the 2010 title at VIR.
Another driver making progress this season with a limited number of open-wheel starts under his belt is Fort Collins, Colo. driver Scott Anderson. Anderson, the 2009 SCCA Rocky Mountain Division National Spec Racer Ford Champion and Rookie of the Year, has shown steady progress this season as he learns both the tracks and the Formula Skip Barber race cars used in the National Series.
Two other drivers to watch this weekend are here for more than one reason. Irishman Isaac Lyons and Englishman Daniel Lloyd, second and eighth in points respectively after Sebring, are both based out of European countries hard hit by the air traffic shutdown caused by ash being expelled by the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland. At the time of this preview it is still up in the air (no pun intended) whether either driver will make it to VIR.