(SEBRING, Fla.) Feb. 8, 2001 -The Barber-CART Karting Scholarship Runoff wrapped up today Thursday, Feb. 8 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. The 16 karters who participated will now await the decision of the four judges who must...
(SEBRING, Fla.) Feb. 8, 2001 -The Barber-CART Karting Scholarship Runoff wrapped up today Thursday, Feb. 8 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. The 16 karters who participated will now await the decision of the four judges who must once again agonize over who to select. As has been the norm in recent Barber-CART Scholarship competitions, the depth and quality of the nominees has made it increasingly more difficult for the judges to make their selections. The 2001 Barber-CART Karting Scholarship Runoff was no exception.
Four scholarships will be announced next Tuesday, Feb. 13. The scholarships will entitle each of the winners to a full season in the 2001 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER, the Official National Amateur Championship of CART. The total value of the scholarships is $161,000, part of the $260,000 overall that is committed to karters in the $1.3 million Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder.
The panel of judges includes Skip Barber Racing School Chief Instructor Terry Earwood, former Barber Dodge Pro Series and Dayton Indy Lights driver Todd Snyder, Formula Dodge R/T 2000 test driver Gregg Borland and Factory Corvette C5-R driver Kelly Collins.
All 16 nominees participated in multiple lapping sessions in the Michelin slick-shod Formula Dodge R/T 2000 racecar and were evaluated based upon their on track as well as off track performances. The judges looked not only for outright speed, but also the driver's ability to communicate car feedback to the judges. A driver's all around presentation was also factored in.