(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) Mar. 2, 2000 -The same organization that spawned the careers of Michael Andretti, Bryan Herta, and Jerry Nadeau has created a new series that effectively bridges the gap between the top karting ranks and professional racing. ...
(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) Mar. 2, 2000 -The same organization that spawned the careers of Michael Andretti, Bryan Herta, and Jerry Nadeau has created a new series that effectively bridges the gap between the top karting ranks and professional racing. The Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER is just the panacea that North American open-wheel racing has been searching for. It is designed to stem the seemingly inexorable slide that North American road racers are taking towards extinction. Witness the fact that there are only two Americans in the CART FedEx Championship, North America's elite open-wheel race series.
Yet through the programs such as the $41,500 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship, the $175,000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship, the $175,000 Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year scholarship and the $300,000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship Career Enhancement Award, which includes an Indy Lights engine lease package, among others, the benefits are reaching fruition. Witness the fact that nearly one-third of the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Series field are products of this ladder. Nine Americans are contesting the Lights series and seven of them are Barber Dodge veterans. They are Geoff and Andy Boss, Townsend Bell, Chris Menninga, Tony Renna, Todd Snyder and two-time Barber Dodge Champion Jeff Simmons.
Only weeks after its announcement, the inaugural Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER field is filling up quickly with some of the most talented young drivers in the country. In six weeks, 24 drivers have signed on to compete in the new series.
Conceived as a series predicated on driver talent rather than available funds, the present entry list is already fulfilling that promise. Three Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series Champions and several of North America's top karters are among those who have committed to drive in the National Championship series which gets underway on May 19-21 at Grattan Raceway in Grattan, Mich
The top-3 drivers in the final points tally receive automatic bids to enter the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series "Big Scholarship" run-off at the end of the year, with the prize being a full ride in the 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series.
Thus there is more at stake than personal glory. The Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship series adds another dimension to the $1 million Skip Barber Scholarship ladder. With the arrival of a new race car for the National Championship, the Formula Dodge R/T 2000, the technological as well as competitive bar has been raised on the state of open-wheel amateur racing in North America. Racers graduating from this series will be better prepared to enter the ranks of professional open-wheel racing. The Skip Barber Scholarship ladder not only helps aspiring racers to achieve their goals -it also does so with them better prepared.
The Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER is open to any driver from any series who possesses the proper qualifications.
With several weeks still remaining before the entry deadline, the quality of this already fast field is sure to improve even further. If the old adage is true, that competition improves the breed, then the best open-wheel racing in North America is yet to come.
Provisional Entry List Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER
<pre> Brian Angen, Campbell, Ca. Chris Baker, Austin, Tx Brian Cole, Dumfries, Va. Davy Cook, Tallahasse, Fl. Kevin Christensen, Castaic, Ca. Damian Della-Santina, Los Angeles, Ca. Dan Dileo, Markham, Ontario Ross Fonferko, Wheaton, Ill. Ryan Howe, Temecula, Ca. Ryan Jones, Maple Ridge, British Colombia Leonardo Maia, Oakland, Ca Jon Morley, Columbus, Ohio Brian Rivera, Miami Lakes, Fla. Michael Rossi, Murrieta, Ca. Dan Schmalshof, Adair, Il. Bryan Sellers, Centerville, Ohio Levi Simoes, Itatiba, Brazil Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ontario Tophie Stewart, Carmichael, Ca. Jonathan Strohm, Wildwood, Mo. Christian Symczak, Oakland, Ca. Quentin Wahl, Montecito, Ca. Chris Wilcox, Naucalpan de Jua, Mexico Landon Yee, San Rafael, Ca.
</pre> 2000 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Schedule
May 19-21 -Grattan Raceway, Grattan, Michigan
June 2-4 -New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
June30-July1-2 -Road America Short Course, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
August 4-6 -Putnam Park, Mount Meridian, Indiana
August 25-27 -Gateway International Raceway, East St. Louis, Illinois
September 15-17 -Road America Long Course, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
October 13-14 -Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut (tent.)