SBRS: Sequoia Instititute receives Barber engines

Skip Barber Racing School's Laguna Seca facility has donated 17 race car engines to Sequoia Institute in Fremont that will be used in the institute's automotive technology courses. "We had a request from the president of Sequoia Institute, Lane...

Skip Barber Racing School's Laguna Seca facility has donated 17 race car engines to Sequoia Institute in Fremont that will be used in the institute's automotive technology courses.

"We had a request from the president of Sequoia Institute, Lane Hart, to integrate our Dodge race engines into their program," said Mike Hubbard, who is the team manager for Skip Barber at Laguna Seca. "They had been using a variety of engines that they picked up at various sources. We were able to accommodate them with 17 two-liter Dodge motors, the same motors used in our racing school Formula Dodges."

In addition, Skip Barber Racing School donated a number of engine parts, heads and accessories and they are fabricating an engine dyno stand so the students can install the engines and actually see them run.

"This is a revamping of our engines lab," said Hank Gamel, Director of Development for Sequoia Institute. "We have dedicated that lab to Skip Barber Racing."

One of the first classes students will be taking will be an introduction to racing course, Gamel said. "In about six weeks, they will have the ability to drop the engine in a shell just like the race car, put it on the dyno and see how it performs." The students will be graded on that performance.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Skip Barber