SBRS: Big Scholarship" Winner

News Release DONLEY DOES IT Shane Donley Wins ‘Big Scholarship’ SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 11) - Following three days of on- and off-track evaluation by a select panel of judges, Shane Donley of Las Vegas, Nev., won the 1997 Skip Barber Racing...

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DONLEY DOES IT Shane Donley Wins ‘Big Scholarship’ SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 11) - Following three days of on- and off-track evaluation by a select panel of judges, Shane Donley of Las Vegas, Nev., won the 1997 Skip Barber Racing “Big Scholarship” Run-off. Theig Scholarship” award, an intregal part of the recently announced Barber Dodge Scholarship Ladder, is six paid races in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, valued at $75,000. Donley, 26, will compete in the 1998 season, when the current space-frame chassis will be replaced by 30 Reynard Dodge carbon-composite chassis. In this year’s “Big Scholarship” Run-off, Donley was judged to have the highest levels of speed, consistency and off-track attributes among the 10 Skip Barber Racing All Stars, each a champion or multiple race winner in one of the four regional 2.0L Formula Dodge Race Series championships. Donley was the 1996-1997 Western Series champion, winning eight of 10 races. This year’s judging panel included professional drivers Robbie Buhl and Dorsey Schroeder, CART journalists Gordon Kirby and Jeremy Shaw, and Skip Barber race observers Peter Argetsinger, Kelly Collins and Barry Waddell, along with driver-turned-race announcer Jeremy Dale. Adrian Reynard, founder and principal of Reynard Racing Cars, Ltd., joined the panel for the first time. “This is such a great opportunity, I’m so glad I won it,” Donley said immediately after being named the winner. “Everybody was so good. It’s a very high pressure situation, and to come through on top is a wonderful feeling. And now I can go finally eat something!” “I’ve said it every year since 1992, when we started the ‘Big Scholarship,’ but it’s true--it gets tougher and tougher to choose between the guys, because we see more and more really good drivers make it to here. Each of the other nine candidates proved themselves to be high caliber competitors and did an excellent job.” The nine other All Stars were Anderson Chaboudt of Brazil, Tim Enoch and Alex Gurney of California, Iowa’s Jamie Menninga, Costa Rican Daniel Muniz, Brian Pelke of Illinois, Guillermo Rojas, Jr., from Mexico, Connecticut’s Jeff Simmons and Jochen Tartak, from Charlotte, N.C. Reynard said, “Skip has a great thing going, his 2.0L series feeding right into Barber Dodge, all this scholarship help for young drivers. I’m very proud that our cars are going to be part of this system." -end /ex $$$

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Alex Gurney , Robbie Buhl , Kelly Collins , Dorsey Schroeder , Skip Barber , Jeremy Shaw , Jeff Simmons , Anderson Chaboudt , Peter Argetsinger