Official fuel announced

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (April 1, 2003)- The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced an agreement with VP Racing Fuels today, naming VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. VP Racing Fuels, based in San Antonio, Texas, will...

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (April 1, 2003)- The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced an agreement with VP Racing Fuels today, naming VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. VP Racing Fuels, based in San Antonio, Texas, will become the exclusive provider of race fuels for all races and testing sessions for the Barber Dodge Pro Series. VP Racing Fuels works with a variety of sanctioning bodies in several forms of racing, and has its eye on the future with its participation with the Pro Series.

"VP Racing Fuels is excited to enter into this relationship with the Barber Dodge Pro Series," said Bruce Hendel, Global Sales Manager for VP. "We are interested in building awareness of our products and loyalty from the racers on their way up the ladder through Barber Dodge and we recognize the loyal fan base that follows Barber Dodge. There is an excellent opportunity available to us by partnering with one of the premier development series in the country."

For 2003, every round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series ten-race championship will be contested in support of Champ Car events, providing an international platform for VP to utilize.

"The international schedule that the Pro Series participates in is also a key interest point for VP, as the Mexican and Canadian markets represent a significant growth opportunity for us to expand on our sales efforts in those markets," said Hendel.

The Barber Dodge Pro Series staff is looking forward to the benefits of adding VP Racing Fuels to its roster of corporate partners, which includes the Dodge Division of DaimlerChrysler, Michelin Tire North America, and Quaker State.

"We are very pleased to have VP Racing Fuels on board as one of our partners. They provide a top-quality product that meets the high performance standards of the Barber Dodge Pro Series, said Stu Upson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Skip Barber Racing School LLC.

Skip Barber Racing School is the world's leading provider of automotive education and entertainment. With five base locations in Connecticut, Florida, California, and Wisconsin, Skip Barber operates at over twenty tracks nationwide. The Dodge Division of DaimlerChrysler, Michelin North America, and Quaker State are key strategic partners for the company. NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, Indianapolis 500 Champion and Champ Car Champion Juan Montoya, and legend Michael Andretti are but three graduates to have emerged from Skip Barber Racing's nearly thirty years of training and expertise.

VP Racing has been making the best fuels for motorsports since 1975, currently producing more than 50 unique blends. With these blends, VP has fueled champions in virtually every racing category and class -- from drag racing, circle track and roadracing to motocross, off-road, off-shore and even airplane racing. In race venues not controlled by a fuel rule, VP consistently fuels more winners than any other American fuel company. VP's fuels have earned a reputation for superior power and consistency - as illustrated by the NHRA Pro Stock Champions who have made VP their fuel of choice for 27 consecutive years, a record unmatched by any major sponsor in the industry. In addition to Barber Dodge, VP Racing is the Official Racing Fuel of NHRA Championship Dragracing and AMA (American Motorcycle Association) Supercross, as well as exclusive racing fuel supplier for AHDRA (All Harley Davidson Racing Association), ASA (American Speed Association), NMCA (National Muscle Car Association), SKUSA (Superkarts! USA), Star Mazda and Toyota Atlantic.

In addition to fuels, VP's product line includes synthetic oils, additives, chemicals, 2-cycle lubricants and traction compounds - each designed to produce the most power and best performance in their respective racing applications. More information can be obtained from VP's website

The Barber Dodge Pro Series is the Official Entry Level Professional Series of Champ Car. The drivers utilize identically prepared single seat open wheel Reynard-Dodge racecars. Barber Dodge Pro Series provides a level playing field where driving talent, not financial resources, play the decisive role. This state-of-the-art platform, with its carbon composite construction, raised nose and 6-speed sequential gearbox, takes full advantage of the 265hp all aluminum Dodge V6 Intrepid motor that is exclusive to this series. Additionally, all of the Barber Dodges compete on identical Michelin Pilot racing slicks.

To ensure absolute equality for all competitors, the Barber Dodge Pro Series owns, maintains, prepares and transports all the cars and equipment. This serves to control costs while allowing the drivers to concentrate solely on developing their driving skills. The Barber Dodge Pro Series rewards those with dedication and skill with true financial incentive - an incredible $55,100 in prize money is available for each Barber Dodge Pro Series event with $13,000 going to the race winner. The overall Series Champion receives a $100,000 scholarship towards entry in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, and the series Rookie of the Year receives $185,000 in career enhancement funding. In total, the Barber Dodge Pro Series pays out over $1 million annually in prize money, contingencies and scholarships.


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Series Barber Pro
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Andretti , Skip Barber