Go West, Young Men
Skip Barber National to race at Miller Motorsports Park instead of Mid-Ohio
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Aug.28) The two rounds of the 14-race Skip Barber National Presented by RACER that were scheduled for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Sept.2-3 have been moved to Utah's Miller Motorsports Park Oct.28-29 and will become the season finale. The two races at the Champ Car event at Road America Sept.23-24 thus become rounds 11 and 12.
Race Series Director Todd Snyder said, ``The reason for the schedule change is that the Mid-Ohio track had concerns about drivers under 15 participating. The National's entry list routinely includes top karting drivers who are under the age of 15. Meanwhile, Skip Barber was provided an opportunity to bring another spectacular Western U.S. track [Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca being the other] to the Skip Barber National schedule. So it made sense to move the event to Miller."
Skip Barber COO George Ayres adds, ``Skip Barber Racing prides itself on its ability to reach out to young people within motorsports and encourage them to develop their talent, regardless of age and income. As more and more aspiring racers emerge from the ranks of karting, at ever younger ages, Skip Barber is seeing more very talented drivers under the age of street-driving license standards.''
Snyder added, ``We pride ourselves on having young pro drivers compete on the nation's best professional circuits. It's one of the reasons drivers such as Marco Andretti and A.J. Allmendinger chose the National. Most will be back at these tracks in Formula Atlantic, Star Mazda or Grand-Am in a year or two, and driving those circuits now will give them a leg up on the rest of the field.
``We think Miller Motorsports Park is emerging as one of the top tracks in the country, so we're really looking forward to running our top racers there in October.''
Earlier this month, the Skip Barber National came off rounds nine and 10 at the Grand Prix de Trois- Rivières, both won by Jonathan Goring. Goring took over the points lead from Marco Di Leo, who is now second, just 20 points behind. In third is Alexander Rossi, only 19 points behind Di Leo.