Skip Barber National: New Cash Purse for ‘06

Thursday, February 09, 2006 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Skip Barber National Presented by RACER will award $150,000 in prize money for the upcoming 2006 season, which begins March 10-12 supporting the inaugural A1GP race weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The $100,000 bonus for the series champion remains, but new this year are cash awards for second-through-fifth in the final points standings. Second overall wins $20,000, third place $15,000, fourth $10,000 and fifth, $5,000.

Series Director Todd Snyder says, ‘‘This is the best prize package in the nine-year history of the National, especially when you consider that a full seven-weekend, 14-race season still costs a driver and his/her sponsors well under $50,000.’’

Rick Ratajczak, one of the series officials, commented on the A1GP opener: ‘‘Not only is it a high-profile start to the year, it’s the first of four major road racing weekends that we’re supporting this year.’’

The others are VIR with Grand-Am Rolex, Trois-Rivieres with Pro Star Mazda/Grand-Am Cup, and Road America with Champ Car.

Rick Roso

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