SBRS: Skip Barber scholarship finalists

Skip Barber 'BIG SCHOLARSHIP' Finalists Announced LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 28) - The finalists for the sixth annual Skip Barber Racing "Big Scholarship" Run-Off were released today. All nominated drivers are from one of the five separate...

Skip Barber 'BIG SCHOLARSHIP' Finalists Announced

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 28) - The finalists for the sixth annual Skip Barber Racing "Big Scholarship" Run-Off were released today. All nominated drivers are from one of the five separate amateur Skip Barber Formula Dodge (132 h.p., 2.0L) Race Series championships (Eastern, Midwestern, Southern, and Western Winter & Summer). The Big Scholarship is the first plateau of the existing quarter-million dollars in annual awards that comprise the Skip Barber Racing ladder system. The evaluations begin Monday, Nov. 11 at Daytona Beach, Fla., with a day at Human Performance International (HPI), Inc., taking its Physical & Mental Readiness and Autoracing Performance program. The on-track evaluations, in the 3.5L, 240 h.p. wings-and-slicks Pro Series cars, are Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 12-13, at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. The winner, based on the judging of numerous attributes both in and out of the car, earns six paid races and testing (value: $65,000), in the 1997 SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series championship. Among the Run-Off judges will be professional drivers Robbie Buhl, Dorsey Schroeder and Jeremy Dale, as well as noted auto racing journalists Gordon Kirby and Jeremy Shaw. Regular Race Series Observers, including Barry Waddell, Kelly Collins and Peter Argetsinger, are also part of the panel. Winning one of this past year's five Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series championships automatically qualified a driver. Other "at-large" picks from those series were then chosen by consensus by Formula Dodge Race Series Observers. There are 12 finalists this year (number of wins in parentheses):

Scott Brunk, 23, New Market, Md., 2nd, 1996 Eastern Series(8)

Austin Cameron, 19, El Cajon, Calif., 3rd, 1995-96 Winter Western Series(7)

Jon Fogarty, 22, Portola Valley, Calif., 2nd, 1995-96 Winter Western Series(8)

Micky Gilbert, 25, Golden, Colo., Co-champion, 1996 Midwestern Series(8)

Will Langhorne, 24, Wellesley, Mass., Co-champion, 1996 Eastern Series(8)

Robbie Mott, 21, La Mesa, Calif., 2nd, 1996 Summer Western Series(5)

Calvin Muelhaupt, 26, Des Moines, Iowa, 3rd, 1996 Midwestern Series(7)

Josh Rehm, 18, Plymouth, Mass., Co-champion, 1996 Eastern Series(8)

Nicolas Rondet, 25, France, Champion, 1996 Summer Western Series(8)

Robert Rossi, 22, Mohegan Lake, N.Y., Co-champion, 1995-96 Southern Series(10)

Jeff Shafer, 21, North Hollywood, Calif., 3rd, 1996 Summer Western Series(5)

Eric Tresslar, 23, Chicago, Ill., Co-champion, 1996 Midwestern Series(8)END/EX

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