SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: The Barber-CART Scholarship ladder

CART held their Sneak Preview at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan.17-18. The event provided the media the opportunity to meet and greet all of the new drivers for the 2001 FedEx Series as well as catch up...

CART held their Sneak Preview at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan.17-18. The event provided the media the opportunity to meet and greet all of the new drivers for the 2001 FedEx Series as well as catch up with the returning drivers. The Sneak Preview also brought he entire Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder for the first time since the announcement a week ago at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England.

CART Vice President of Marketing Patrick Leahy and Skip Barber were joined by ChampCar driver and 1991 Barber Pro Series champion Bryan Herta and 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Rookie of the Year Ryan Hunter-Reay in meeting the press in the United States for the first time.

Afterwards, the entire $1.3 dollar Barber-CART Scholarship gathered including the racecars and a driver representing each rung on the ladder. The karting ranks where each year 25 karters receive a Skip Barber Three Day Racing School before 16 are selected to participate in the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Runoff. The top karters in the runoff receive full scholarships to compete in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER. This represents over a quarter of a million dollars allotted to assist karters in rising up the ladder. Karting Scholarship nominees A.J. Allmendinger and Jason Bowles represented the karting rung of the ladder. Former Karting Scholarship winner and National Championship racer Landon Yee stood in to represent that part of the ladder that in 2001 will award the champion with a $185,000 scholarship to compete in the subsequent year's Barber Dodge Pro Series. Hunter-Reay stood in to represent the Barber Dodge Pro Series. At 19 years of age, Hunter-Reay has earned nearly half a million dollars in scholarships to help promote his career. Former Barber Dodge racers Rocky Moran Jr. and Townsend Bell represented the Toyota Atlantic and Indy Lights rungs and Herta was on hand as the ChampCar representative.

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-George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar , Kart , Other open wheel
Drivers Bryan Herta , Rocky Moran Jr. , Townsend Bell , Ryan Hunter-Reay , A.J. Allmendinger , Skip Barber , Jason Bowles