Skip Barber Launches Formula 2000 Summer Series, Scheduled at Some of the Most Popular Racetracks in North America

LAKEVILLE, Conn. Skip Barber Racing School LLC today announced its 2009 Formula 2000 Summer Series schedule, a 14-race championship that begins in early May. Driven by competitor response, this season the Midwestern and Eastern Race Series have been combined into the largest amateur race series in North America. All races will be contested in identical Skip Barber Formula 2000 single-seat racecars.

"Over the last few years we have conducted several combined events within our various regional race series and the feedback from competitors has been very favorable," said Skip Barber vice president of racing Todd Snyder. "By combining our Eastern and Midwestern Series our drivers will now compete at many of the best racetracks North America has to offer. This new Summer Series also provides drivers with more competition, more awards, and more fun," Snyder added.

The 2009 Summer Series opens at Virginia International Raceway in early May and concludes at Lime Rock Park in October with the inaugural Skip Barber Festival of Speed where it will join the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda and the MAZDASPEED Challenge Summer Series for their respective season finales.

In between are events at historic tracks like Watkins Glen International, Road America and a perennial favorite among series drivers: Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. All seven Skip Barber Formula 2000 Summer Series race weekends include two races per weekend, plus practice, qualifying, Skip Barber coaching and hospitality services. The series offers both a Championship group and a Masters group for drivers over 40 years old.

Now in its 34th year, the Skip Barber Race Series is the largest and oldest continuously operating open-wheel "arrive and drive" amateur championship in North America. Each year, hundreds of drivers take part in exciting, fun and hassle-free open-wheel racing in identically-prepared formula cars.

2009 Skip Barber Formula 2000 Summer Series schedule
Seven double-race weekends

Rounds 1 & 2, May 2-3, Virginia International Raceway
Rounds 3 & 4, April 23-24, Watkins Glen International Raceway
Rounds 5 & 6, June 13-14, Lime Rock Park
Rounds 7 & 8, July 4-5, Road America
Rounds 9 & 10, August 1-2, Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Rounds 11 & 12, August 22-23, Road America
Rounds 13 & 14, October 9-10, Lime Rock Park (with BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda & MAZDASPEED Challenge)

About Skip Barber
For more than 30 years, Skip Barber Racing School LLC has operated a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and OEM events across North America.

The Skip Barber Racing School is held at more than 20 of the most prestigious race tracks in North America, while the Skip Barber Driving School, utilizing Mazda's performance sedans and sports cars, operates at five world-famous destination locations. The Skip Barber Race Series is collectively five separate open-wheel, equal-car racing championships four regional amateur series and an entry level pro series: the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, which awards a $350,000 title bonus. New in 2008 is the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge, multiple championships using identically prepared MX-5 Miata race cars. All the series are part of Mazda's unique MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder system. The Corporate Events unit creates custom racing and driving programs for companies of any size that desire special, exciting events to train, entertain, educate and reward. OEM Events provides unique, specialized automotive-related training, analysis, evaluation, logistics and consultation. Additional information is available at www.skipbarber.com.

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