(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) Oct. 19, 2000 -Every year, Skip Barber, Inc. awards aspiring and deserving young drivers over $1 million in scholarships as an aid in their quest to reach the top levels of motor sport. One of the largest scholarships is the ...
(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) Oct. 19, 2000 -Every year, Skip Barber, Inc. awards aspiring and deserving young drivers over $1 million in scholarships as an aid in their quest to reach the top levels of motor sport. One of the largest scholarships is the $175,000 Barber Dodge Pro Series "Big Scholarship." This year, seven young racers will vie for the scholarship of which the winner will receive a fully funded year in the 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series. The invitees will compete in a shoot out comprised of on and off track activities before a panel of judges.
The invitees for the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship are:
Curt Andrews, Plymouth, Wis.
Chip Bryant, New Braunfels, Tx.
Ryan Howe, Murrieta, Calif.
Patrick Long, Agoura, Calif.
Jon Morley, Lewis Center, Ohio
Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Canada
Rafael Sperafico, Toledo Parana, Brazil
The Big Scholarship shoot out will take place Nov. 6-8 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. Drivers will spend the first day having their physical fitness assessed by with the world-renowned Human Performance Institute accessing their physical fitness. The subsequent two days will be spent at the racetrack where drivers will participate in at least five timed lapping sessions in the Dodge Reynard 98E. In one of the lapping sessions, the drivers will be asked to diagnose and correct a car set-up problem dialed into the racecars by the Barber Dodge engineering staff. Drivers will be evaluated on the expediency and effectiveness of their feedback.
Additionally, the invitees will participate in interviews with the panel of judges as well as in a mock press conference to assess their abilities to perform outside of the racecars as well as in it.
Judges for the 2000 Big Scholarship shoot out include Indy Racing Northern Lights Series driver and 1989 Barber Pro Series Champion Robbie Buhl, Corvette Factory driver and Skip Barber Racing School instructor Kelly Collins, motorsports journalists Gordon Kirby and Jeremy Shaw as well as Barber Dodge Pro Series coaches Peter Argetsinger, David Loring, Barry Waddell, and Barber Dodge Pro Series Managing Director Jeremy Dale.
Invitees were selected based upon their accomplishments in the Formula Dodge Regional Championships or the Formula Dodge National Championships Presented by RACER. Andrews, Bryant and Howe are the champions in the Midwestern, Eastern and Western Formula Dodge Regional Championships respectively. Simone enters as the newly crowned Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER title holder. Long, Morley and Sperafico each received at-large invitations as a result of outstanding performances in the Formula Dodge Regional or National Championships.
Bryan Sellers of Centerville, Ohio and Craig Duerson of St. Petersburg, Fla. were automatic invitees as a result of their finishing position in the Formula Dodge National Championship (second and third respectively). Both respectfully declined the invitations, each for personal reasons. Duerson, however, hopes to contest the entire 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series.
Past winners of the Barber Dodge Big Scholarship include Winston Cup star Jerry Nadeau (1992), CART Dayton Indy Lights driver Tonny Renna ('95), 1999 Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year Michael Valiante ('98) and reigning Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year Ryan Hunter-Reay ('99).