SBRS: National Masters Championship launches at VIR

The popularity of the Formula Dodge Regional Masters Championship has carried over and developed into something more exciting and rewarding. For the first time in Skip Barber Race Series history, a National Masters Championship has been formed ...

The popularity of the Formula Dodge Regional Masters Championship has carried over and developed into something more exciting and rewarding. For the first time in Skip Barber Race Series history, a National Masters Championship has been formed pooling competitors in the 40-plus category, including current and past Masters champions such as Roland Isra, Len Forman and Louis Dibrell. In fact, this weekend's inaugural contest, to be held at Virginia International Raceway, will carry eight current or former champions in a starting field of 19.

Don't be fooled by any bald spots, gray temples or reading glasses used to survey course maps. These guys are fierce competitors, savvy in speed yet gallant in gamesmanship.

"The idea got in our heads recently. We thought it would make for some fun and competitive racing at the Masters level," said Divina Galica, Skip Barber Race Series Director. "Although many of these racers have won at the Regional ranks, they've never met eachother. We expect the intense competition to reflect very well on the series as a whole."

The 10 races, spread over five race weekends, will conform to National Championship rules, the main difference being that cars won't have to make pit stops for driver errors, read: car contact, four-offs.

While there is no clear favorite in such a rich field, notables that bear watching include Californians Peter Pondor-Pistor and Quentin Wahl, Florida's Bud Risser, Colorodoan Brian Shepherd and New Jersey's Chris Wilcox. These five, along with the aformentioned three, represent Masters winners from each of the four regional championships.

- Andrew Torres

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Roland Isra , Skip Barber , Quentin Wahl , Divina Galica