Skip Barber announced today the creation of the Skip Barber Challenge, a new loyalty program for long-time Skip Barber Race Series customers. The race series is open to selected Skip Barber customers who have participated in at least one full ...
Skip Barber announced today the creation of the Skip Barber Challenge, a new loyalty program for long-time Skip Barber Race Series customers. The race series is open to selected Skip Barber customers who have participated in at least one full regional championship season and is designed to give the drivers the opportunity to experience the Dodge Reynard 98E in competition.
The Challenge will be comprised of three race weekends, with each weekend featuring two races as well as practice and qualifying sessions. Drivers participating in the Challenge will have the opportunity to test the Reynard Dodge 98E in advance of the event to become familiar with the increased performance potential of the Dodge-powered carbon fiber monocoque racecar. As with any Skip Barber race event, drivers will benefit not only from the PI data acquisition available in the Reynard Dodge 98E, but also to from the feedback from the staff of Skip Barber driving coaches who will be on hand for the events.
"There is a tremendous amount of loyalty toward the Skip Barber Race Series within our group of customers," said George Tamayo, Director of Marketing& Communications for Skip Barber."Some have been racing with us year in, year out for the last 10 years. The Skip Barber Challenge was created to provide our valued customers with an opportunity to do something that is both unique and special. No other racing organization in North America provides its amateur racers the opportunity to race a car of the same caliber as the Dodge Reynard 98E. We've had a great initial response and are expecting some great racing and big smiles come October 26 and 27th."
The three race weekends will be run at Sebring International Raceway, with each weekend featuring a different track configuration. The first race weekend will take place on October 26-7 and will utilize the" Sebring Modified" course, with the November 1-2 weekend making use of the same layout as the Sebring 12-Hour event on the"Full Course" Sebring track. The final race weekend, December 6-7, will utilize the"New Sebring" layout, a configuration that is favored by many CART teams for their off-season testing.
The drivers are excited about the opportunity to race in Skip Barber's fastest cars.
"This is the closest thing I will get to driving a Champcar, and I can't wait," says long-time Skip Barber Race Series competitor Phil Saville."I tested a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't believe the car and its performance. This is a great opportunity that Skip Barber is providing for guys like me who have a lot of seat time in the Formula Dodge, but want to experience racing in a car that's got the performance of the Reynard 98E with its big horsepower, downforce, and brakes. The fact that we will be racing on different track configurations each time should make the racing all the more interesting."
Between on track sessions every driver will have the benefit of data analysis with Skip Barber Driver Coaches. In addition, gourmet hospitality and other perks will round out what promises to be an exceptional experience.