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SBRS: Eastern Race Series Wraps Up Successful Opener

The Skip Barber Eastern Race Series wrapped up a visit to a new venue, and debuted a new racecar, all to a rousing success. Virginia International Raceway witnessed its first ever Skip Barber Racing event, and a very entertaining weekend it...

The Skip Barber Eastern Race Series wrapped up a visit to a new venue, and debuted a new racecar, all to a rousing success. Virginia International Raceway witnessed its first ever Skip Barber Racing event, and a very entertaining weekend it proved to be. There were several entertaining battles throughout the weekend as the drivers came to grips with both new car and track.

The Formula Dodge R/T 2000 enjoyed largely rave reviews from the first group of racers to drive the machines in anger. Out of 109 race starts on the weekend, the R/T 2000 had no mechanical faults throughout the weekend, a feat almost unprecedented for the debut of a racecar. Much of the credit goes to the entire Skip Barber Racing crew led by Andy Riess who all worked tirelessly over the course of the last few months.

The list of winners belied the ferocity of the on track action. Unusually, all of the winners on the weekend were double winners, each claiming victory in both of the races for their group. The winners were in order of their grouping; Akihira Okamoto, Bryan Sellers, Louis Dribbell, Damian-Santina, and Chip Bryant.

Spare a thought for Toshinobu Shigemitsu, who along with double first race winner Chip Bryant, provided the some of the most exciting racing recently seen at any level. The two were virtually in lockstep for both of their races, each pushing the other to the top of their games. Bryant was the better of the two, pulling off a last corner pass in race two that most racers only dream of executing.

Five drivers participating in the upcoming Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER also took part in the weekend. Aside from Sellers and Della-Santina, Jim McCabe, Leonardo Maia and Daniel Dileo competed in preparation for the first race of that series in two weeks at Grattan Raceway in Grattan, Mich. Karting champs Jim McCabe and Daniel Dileo not only made their Skip Barber Race Series debuts, but in fact drove their first ever auto race. Auspicious starts they were, with Dileo capturing a second and a third-place finish, and McCabe a third and fourth-place finish.

A full report on the entire weekend’s activities will appear Wednesday in the Skip Barber Racing News on www.skipbarber.com.

-George Tamayo

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Series SF
Drivers Leonardo Maia , Skip Barber , Bryan Sellers , Chip Bryan , Akihira Okamoto