Skip Barber Drivers Storm Atlantic

Monday, February 20, 2006 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The dramatic revitalization of the Atlantic series – now the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, formerly the Toyota Atlantic series – has resulted in a big increase in the number of available race seats. It’s not much of a shock for us to learn that many of those drives are being taken by Skip Barber graduates.

All in a matter of days, it was announced that Jonathan Bomarito, Joey D’Agostino and Alan Sciuto all got hooked up with top Mazda Atlantic teams. Just prior to those announcements, the Atlantic seats for Raphael Matos, Leo Maia and Robbie Pecorari were confirmed…

Jonathan Bomarito: 2006, Champ Car Atlantic, PR1 Racing
2004: Toyota Atlantic,Transnet Racing, ninth overall
2003: U.S. Formula Ford Zetec champion
2002: Began instructing for Skip Barber
2001: Entered four Skip Barber National races; had two top-10 finishes
2000: Skip Barber Three Day Racing School graduate

Jonathan Bomarito (doing his best Tom Hanks impression) has a chance to shine even brighter in Champ Car Atlantic, racing in 2006 with the PR1 team.

Joe D’Agostino: 2006 Champ Car Atlantic, Newman/Wachs Racing
2005: U.K. Formula Renault (four races) and U.K. Formula Ford Championship (six wins/eight poles)
2004: U.K. Formula Ford Championship, Scholarship Class champion
2003: Prize winner Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out; ninth in Skip Barber National, 5 top-5s; won $100,000 Skip Barber ‘’Big Scholarship’’
2002: Four Skip Barber Southern Series races
2001: Skip Barber Three Day Racing School graduate

Joey D’Agostino even impressed the un-impressable British racing journalists (generally convinced Americans don’t have what it takes) with his stellar Formula Ford efforts over the past two years.

Leo Maia: 2006 Champ Car Atlantic, Forsythe Championship Racing
2005: Two races, Toyota Atlantic
2004: IPS, Brian Stewart Racing, 11 starts (3 top-5s, 10 top-10s)
2003: Barber Dodge Pro Series, champion, six wins
2002: Barber Dodge Pro Series, sixth overall, 3 podiums
2001: Skip Barber National, sixth overall, 4 top-5s, 1 podium
2000: Skip Barber National, 12th overall, 3 top-5s
1998: Skip Barber Three Racing School graduate

Leo Maia’s 2003 Barber Dodge exploits are serving him well.

Raphael Matos: 2006 Champ Car Atlantic, Sierra Sierra Enterprises
2005: Pro Star Mazda, champion, 4 wins, 3 poles
2004: Seventh overall, Pro Star Mazda
2003: Skip Barber National, champion, 3 wins, 5 other podiums
2002: Two Skip Barber National races; Skip Barber Midwest Series championship runner-up
2001: Brazilian Formula Chevy champion

Raphael Matos is likely to be no stranger to Champ Car Atlantic podiums this year.

Robbie Pecorari: 2006 Champ Car Atlantic, Gelles Racing
2005: Pro Star Mazda, second overall, Rookie of the Year, 2 wins, 7 podiums
2004: Skip Barber National, 5th overall, 1 win, 3 seconds, nine total top-5s
2003: IRL Snap-on Stars of Karting star; winner, Skip Barber/Stars of Karting Scholarship

In 2004, Robbie Pecorari and eventual champion Marco Andretti (r.) helped each other out.

Alan Sciuto: 2006 Champ Car Atlantic, Polestar Racing Group
2005: Eight Skip Barber National races, 1 pole, 3 top-5s; three Toyota Atlantic races, 1 pole, 1 podium; two FF2000 races, 1 win, 1 second
2004: Winner, Skip Barber/Stars of Karting Scholarship; IRL Snap-on Stars of Karting star
2003: IRL Snap-on Stars of Karting star; Skip Barber Three Day Racing School graduate
2002: Shifterkart Magazine Young Driver of the Year
2001: SKUSA star

Alan Sciuto used Skip Barber to transition quickly and successfully from karts to race cars.

Rick Roso

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