LAKEVILLE, Conn. - July 26, 1999 - Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western and Southern Championship competitors will encounter new challenges in their upcoming 1999-2000 seasons.
The tentative schedule for each regional championship has a different look when compared to the 1998-99 campaigns.
After a one-year hiatus, the Formula Dodge Western Championship returns to Phoenix International Raceway for two dates and the Southern Championship has added a second date at the demanding Moroso Motorsports Park. Another highlight of the Western Championship is a Feb. 12 date at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
"We're excited about the upcoming Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western and Southern Championship seasons," Rick Ratajczak, series director for the Skip Barber Racing organization, said. "We feel the 1999-2000 schedules give our competitors the opportunity to race at a variety of tracks that will challenge their abilities and allow them to further develop their skills. We're looking forward to some great competition in both championships."
The Skip Barber Formula Dodge Championships consist of four regional championships that combined form the largest open-wheel amateur championship in North America.
Among the notable drivers who have competed in the Western Championship are CART FedEx Championship Series driver Bryan Herta, former Barber Dodge Pro Series champion Derek Hill, son of former Formula One champion Phil Hill, and current Toyota Atlantic driver Nicolas Rondet.
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Robbie McGehee, PPG-Dayton Indy Lights race winners Tony Renna and Geoff Boss, and 1998 Formula Vauxhall Junior champion Antonio Pizzonia are graduates of the Formula Dodge Southern Championship.
The Formula Dodge Western and Southern Championships will each consist of 14 races over seven weekends.
The Western Championship season begins Oct. 31 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., one of three trips to one of America's premier road courses. Four of the next five race weekends will be held at oval tracks with infield road courses.
The championship goes to Phoenix on Nov. 20 and makes another stop at Laguna on Dec. 11. A second date at Phoenix on Jan. 22 precedes races at California Speedway on Feb. 12 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 18. The Western Championship season concludes at Laguna on April 9.
The Southern Championship season starts on Nov. 6 at its base location, the world-famous Sebring International Raceway. The championship will utilize three different configurations in its four races at Sebring. The modified 1.9-mile course will be used on Jan. 22, the full 3.75-mile layout will be used on Feb. 19 and the season will conclude on the new 1.75-mile test circuit on April 30.
In between the Sebring dates, the Southern Championship will race at Moroso on Dec. 4 and March 4 and at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 25.
1999-2000 Skip Barber Formula Dodge
Western Championship Schedule (Schedule is tentative and subject to change) Track Date Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif. Oct. 31 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Ariz. Nov. 20 Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif. Dec. 11 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Ariz. Jan. 22 California Speedway, Fontana, Calif. Feb. 12 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.* March 18 Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif.* April 9 * Date is tentative.
1999-2000 Skip Barber Formula Dodge Southern Championship Schedule (Schedule is tentative and subject to change) Track Date Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla. Nov. 6 Moroso Motorsports Park, West Palm Beach, Fla. Dec. 4 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla. Jan. 22 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla. Feb. 19 Moroso Motorsports Park, West Palm Beach, Fla. March 4 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.* March 25 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla. April 30 Date is tentative.