SBRS: Skip Barber Challenge announces 2003 schedule

(Lakeville, CT) May 1-The Skip Barber Challenge Series announced its 2003 schedule today, and the Series' second season will again feature three race weekends at Sebring International Raceway, with two different track layouts scheduled to be used...

(Lakeville, CT) May 1-The Skip Barber Challenge Series announced its 2003 schedule today, and the Series' second season will again feature three race weekends at Sebring International Raceway, with two different track layouts scheduled to be used during the season. The Skip Barber Challenge Series gives Skip Barber Race Series customers, as well as other qualified racers, the opportunity to experience the performance of the Barber Dodge Pro Series Reynard.

The Skip Barber Challenge Series was created in 2002 to provide a new opportunity for Skip Barber Race Series customers, many of whom had longed to get seat time in the fastest car in the Skip Barber fleet, the carbon-fiber Reynard Dodge, which utilizes the 3.5-liter normally aspirated V-6 from the Dodge Intrepid.

"Last year's Skip Barber Challenge Series was a great success, and we are happy to continue to give our customers the opportunity to experience the Reynard Dodge," said Don Drislane, Skip Barber Challenge Series Manager/Director. " The schedule is really exciting, and we have added the second full-course date to the schedule based on the enthusiasm the customers had for that track last season."

The Challenge allows each customer to experience the performance and professionalism of a Barber Dodge Pro Series event while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of a Regional race weekend. The format provides drivers a practice session before qualifying the car for the first race and then racing again on the second day. The grids are limited to twenty cars for each race weekend. For the first time, the Challenge is being opened up to qualified racers not currently participating in the Skip Barber Race Series. Drivers will have the opportunity to test the Reynard Dodge in advance of the season beginning during a series of test days in Sebring.

Matt Franc of Plainfield, New Jersey won the Skip Barber Challenge Championship in 2002 and is excited about the opportunity to get back in the car again this fall.

"The Challenge weekends are a ton of fun to be involved with and the car is just a blast to drive," said Franc. "Having all the Pro Series driver coaches on hand is also a big asset to help us get the most out of the car."

Franc, who made his Barber Dodge Pro Series race debut at St. Petersburg, Florida this February, is looking forward to defending his title in 2003.

"The competition is really good in the Challenge Series, and most of the guys already know each other from racing with Skip Barber in the Regional Races, so we can keep our rivalries alive in the Challenge."

The Barber Dodge Pro Series driver coaching staff will be on hand each race weekend to provide customer feedback, giving each racer the chance to exploit the expanded performance capabilities of the Reynard Dodge and get the most out of the information provided by the sophisticated PI data system.

2003 Skip Barber Challenge Schedule
October 18-19 Sebring Modified Course
November 1-2 Sebring Full Course
December 13-14 Sebring Full Course

Skip Barber Racing School is the world's leading provider of automotive education and entertainment. With five base locations in Connecticut, Florida, California, and Wisconsin, Skip Barber operates at over twenty tracks nationwide. The Dodge Division of DaimlerChrysler, Michelin North America, and Quaker State are key strategic partners for the company. NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, Indianapolis 500 Champion and Champ Car Champion Juan Montoya, and legend Michael Andretti are but three graduates to have emerged from Skip Barber Racing's nearly thirty years of training and expertise.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Andretti , Skip Barber