Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Announces 2002 (Lakeville, Conn.) January 31, 2002 - Determined to build on the phenomenal success of its two previous seasons, the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER ...
Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Announces 2002
(Lakeville, Conn.) January 31, 2002 - Determined to build on the phenomenal success of its two previous seasons, the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER rolled out its 2002 schedule, its second full season as the Official National Amateur Championship of CART. This year, the series features three new venues, a new track layout at California Speedway, the Superspeedway at Nashville, Tennessee and the Circuit de Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.
One of the most competitive and cost-effective championships in existence, the Formula Dodge National Championship was designed for the aspiring professional racer. Talent and a proven track record are the credentials one must present for this invitation-only series. The 13-round runs in conjunction with many Skip Barber Race Series weekends and in support of select marquee events.
The premise of the series is to contribute to the health and prosperity of American open-wheel racing with driver development at its core. Grouping talented young racers fosters competition and ultimately raises each driver's game. The young pilots use identically prepared Formula Dodge R/T 2000 racecars, run with wings, slicks and a sequential Gemini five-speed sequential gearbox.
Robbie Montinola and Burt Frisselle are among two of the series' returning drivers. Many of this year's new faces will step up from the Skip Barber Regional Race Series. Four newly designated Barber-CART Karting Scholarship winners will also throw their hats in the ring; Ward Imrie, Colin Fleming, Craig Baltzer and Charlie Kimball. Also new to the mix is Scott Poirier, winner of the National Championship Runoff held in December.
A number of Formula Dodge standouts have left the series and gone on to bigger and better things. 2001 National Champion Julio Campos and Scholarship winner Leonardo Maia are prepared to start their first professional season in the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series. 2000 racers John Morley and Davy Cook achieved podium results in their inaugural Pro Series season. And 2000 National Champion runner-up Bryan Sellers is currently poised to win the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship.
"Our goal is to train drivers in all aspects of racing, from racecar set-up to marketing and sponsorship issues," said Divina Galica, Managing Director of the Skip Barber Race Series. "Our 2002 schedule features tracks which provide a cross-section of every type of racing a driver will encounter during his or her career." Galica added, "We're looking forward to another exciting year of racing that will launch another crop of racers up the Barber-CART ladder."
The 2002 National Champion will receive a scholarship to the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series. Drivers who finish in positions 2-10 in points will compete in a three day runoff for a variety of selected scholarships to the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series.