SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: Barber-CART Karting Scholarships set for this week

The first set of Barber-CART Scholarships are to be awarded later this month in the form of the Barber-CART Karting Scholarships. The Karting Scholarships Runoff is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7-8 at Sebring International Raceway in ...

The first set of Barber-CART Scholarships are to be awarded later this month in the form of the Barber-CART Karting Scholarships. The Karting Scholarships Runoff is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7-8 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. where 16 of North America's most talented karters will vie for four Barber-CART Karting Scholarships. A seat in the 2001 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championships Presented by RACER is the carrot that will be dangled in front of the would-be racers, and presents them with the swiftest transition possible from the world of karting to that of auto racing.

The 16 prospects are:

A.J. Allmendinger; 18, Hollister, California
Craig Baltzer; 16, Bettendorf, Iowa
Jason Bowles; 17, Ontario, California
Nick Bussell; 17, Ionia, Michigan
Juliana Victoria Chiovitti; 18, Sutton, West Ontario, Canada
Tommy Contino; 18, Hesperia, California
Boomer DeRoads; 16, Encinitas, California
Jason Fredricks; 16, Middletown, New York
James Gue, 18, Roswell, Georgia
Ward Imrie, 17, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
David Mayhew Jr.; 18, Atascadero, California
Ben Moore; 16, Circle Naples, Florida
Carlos Ramirez; 17 Annadale, Virginia
Michael Romeo; 17, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Adam Sodano; 21, Boston, Massachusetts
Bobby Wilson; 18, Ononomowoc, Wisconsin

The two-day runoff will put the 16 through a myriad of on-track exercises in the machine that they hope will be their office for the 2001 season, the Formula Dodge R/T 2000. Off-track informal interviews will also weigh on the evaluation panel's mind as they size up the invitees not only for their driving prowess but also their marketing and public relations acumen. Judging them will be a panel of Skip Barber instructors and racers who will be select the four best candidates that will receive the coveted scholarship. All of the invitees have graduated from a Skip Barber Three Day Racing School in the last three months as part of the overall Karting Scholarships package. Most of the invitees have less than a week's worth of experience in a proper racecar.

Each of the scholarships are valued at more than $40,000 apiece and are a part of the $265,000 awarded annually to assist karters in their ascendancy from karts to racecars. All told, the Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder awards over $1.3 million in scholarships each year in order to assist drivers in their quest to make it to the CART FedEx Championship.

- George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar , Kart , Other open wheel
Drivers Carlos Ramirez , Ward Imrie , Michael Romeo , James Gue , A.J. Allmendinger , Skip Barber , Nick Bussell , Jason Bowles , Bobby Wilson , David Mayhew