SBRS: CSOT: Stars of Tomorrow announces Barber Formula scholarship

"Stars of Tomorrow" announces Barber Formula Dodge National Scholarship Award Champ Car [CART] to provide a top Karting racer a full season Barber ride in 2004. INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 6, 2003) -- "Stars of Tomorrow" announced today the initial...

"Stars of Tomorrow" announces Barber Formula Dodge National Scholarship Award
Champ Car [CART] to provide a top Karting racer a full season Barber ride in 2004.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 6, 2003) -- "Stars of Tomorrow" announced today the initial Champ Car Ladder System award that will be a part of the 2003 Stars national awards structure.

Champ Car, through the Skip Barber Racing program, will award a full season in the seven-race Barber Formula Dodge National Championship (FDNC) presented by RACER to a top karter in the ICC or ICA classes for the Stars series in 2003, chosen by a panel of judges. This award program has a value of $45,000 in 2004.

"The FDNC is a key step in the development of our future racing standouts," stated Robert Dole, Champ Car Ladder Series Manager. "Champ Car recognizes that the best candidates for the FDNC come from the Stars of Tomorrow ranks. This award reflects the synergy between the Champ Car, Skip Barber, and Stars organizations."

Open-wheel legend Bobby Rahal, a Stars of Tomorrow owner, realizes the value of kart racing and the Champ Car Ladder System. Rahal's son Graham currently competes in the karting ranks while former karter Danica Patrick will drive Team Rahal's Argent Toyota Atlantic car in 2003.

"These programs have already produced drivers that have made it Champ Cars," said Rahal. "From Stars through the Barber ranks and Atlantic, Champ Car provides the only true ladder system to prepare racers for big-time open wheel competition. Stars values the support given by Champ Car and Skip Barber to this vital kart racing program."

"We are very pleased to have Champ Car and Skip Barber step forward to support the Stars program," Said Bryan Herta, Stars founder. "For those who wish to move the proverbial ladder, there is no better place than Stars."

The Snapon.com 'Stars of Tomorrow' karting series is the official first level in Champ Car's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the Champ Car driver development ladder. Stars of Tomorrow, which will nine national events including four Eastern Division, four Western Division and the Grand Final in 2003, focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK International standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.

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Series Kart , Other open wheel
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Skip Barber , Danica Patrick