Trans-Canada Challenge announced

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (June 30) - The three Canadian Molson Indy CART Champ Car Barber Dodge Pro Series races - Toronto, July 13; Vancouver, July 27; and Montreal, August 24 - mark the debut of an all-new racing scholarship, thanks to Dodge Canada and...

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (June 30) - The three Canadian Molson Indy CART Champ Car Barber Dodge Pro Series races - Toronto, July 13; Vancouver, July 27; and Montreal, August 24 - mark the debut of an all-new racing scholarship, thanks to Dodge Canada and its dealer body. The Dodge Trans-Canada Challenge is a championship within a championship, one that rewards the three drivers who perform best in the three Molson Indy Barber Dodge races.

The three Barber Dodge drivers scoring the most points in these three races win scholarships - a total value of more than $42,000 U.S. - to compete in next year's Molson Indy Barber Dodge events.

No racing organization in the world offers more racing scholarships for up-and-coming drivers than Skip Barber Racing, LLC. From karting and Formula Dodge to the Barber Dodge Pro Series and Toyota Atlantic, well over $1 million per year is awarded to jump-start and sustain the careers of the best and brightest racers using the Barber-Champ Car Scholarship Ladder. Barber Dodge is the Official Entry Level Professional Race Series of CART Champ Car.

Following the Molson Indy Montreal season finale, the Barber Dodge driver who has scored the most points in the three races earns the equivalent of the entry fee for two Molson Indy Barber Dodge races. Second place earns one Molson Indy Barber Dodge race, and third place, 50 percent of one event.

Who will win the Dodge Trans-Canada Challenge? Be sure to regularly visit barberdodge.com to stay abreast of this championship within a championship!

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.

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.

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