SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: Historic Barber-CART alliance picks up pace

(SEBRING, Fla.) Mar. 17, 2001 -The relationship between Skip Barber, Inc. and Championship Auto Racing Teams (NYSE:mph) that began in January 2001 has with the first round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series gone into full swing. Now the Official Entry...

(SEBRING, Fla.) Mar. 17, 2001 -The relationship between Skip Barber, Inc. and Championship Auto Racing Teams (NYSE:mph) that began in January 2001 has with the first round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series gone into full swing. Now the Official Entry Level Professional Race Series of CART, the first Barber Dodge race under the CART sanction has now fully bridged the ladder from the grass roots of motorsport all the way to Champ Cars.

"This historic alliance with CART provides a phenomenal opportunity for these drivers to progress and for the karters today who will join them in the years to come to progress all the way to the FedEx Championship Series," said CART President Joseph Heitzler. "Skip Barber is the obvious leader in his field and CART is proud to be associated with someone of his caliber."

Although more than a hundred amateur racers have competed in 2001 in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Regional Championships, the Official Regional Amateur Championship of CART, today's Barber Dodge Pro Series race saw the professional portion of the ladder system activated. In accordance with the CART rulebook everything was run to those specifications. Overall the event went off without a hitch.

"We've been extremely pleased with the smooth transition to the CART sanction and the highly professional level of officiating and competition that we have seen this week," said Timothy Mayer, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for CART. "We're excited about the rest of the season and working closely with the entire Barber Dodge Pro Series organization and its drivers."

The drivers and staff of the Barber Dodge Pro Series are subject not only to the CART rulebook, but will henceforth be availed of the benefits of CART which include CART Medical Support and the CART Ministries at all events. The next event for the Barber Dodge Pro Series will take place at Phoenix International Raceway on April 28 for the second round of the 2001 season.

- George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar , Other open wheel
Drivers Skip Barber