New Sponsors, Logo, for Skip Barber National

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 BFGoodrich Tires and Mazda on Board as Entry Level Pro Series Opens 2007 Season

SEBRING, Fla. – The Skip Barber Racing School today announced new title and presenting sponsors for its National race series, the 14-race professional championship that serves as a primary steppingstone for young drivers advancing to the highest ranks of the sport. The series is now known as the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda. (New logo below)

As title sponsor of the National, BFGoodrich tires will be used exclusively at all race weekends. ‘‘BFGoodrich Tires’’ decals will adorn the Skip Barber Formula 2000 race car, while National competitors and Skip Barber crew members will sport the BFGoodrich Tires logo on their uniforms.

“We are thrilled to be associated with the Skip Barber National and committed to developing the next generation of champions,” said Kaz Holley, brand director for BFGoodrich Tires. “BFGoodrich Tires are known for performance and our g-Force Sport tires are the perfect way to showcase our passion for racing excellence by supporting drivers who want to succeed.”

New presenting sponsor Mazda recently entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Skip Barber that will deliver a broad range of programs designed to further define and strengthen the U.S. motorsports “ladder” on which drivers gain experience on their way to the top ranks of professional racing.

“The Skip Barber National is a very important rung in the Mazda driver development ladder,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president, product development and quality, and the man responsible for Mazda’s North American Motorsports operations under the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development banner. “Our partnership with Skip Barber is growing on many different levels, and we look forward to other great initiatives that will benefit racers across the country.”

The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda begins its 2007 season this week at the Mobil 1 12-Hours of Sebring. Twelve of the 14 season races are in support of notable motorsports events, including Champ Car, Grand-Am, ALMS, and NASCAR Busch East races. Skip Barber has also introduced a major new award for its National Series champion: a full season in the 2008 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear. There is also an increase in its season-end prize funds.

“The 2007 Skip Barber National promises to be among the most visible and exciting we’ve ever run,” said George Ayres, president and COO of Skip Barber Racing School LLC. “Our partners BFGoodrich Tires and Mazda share our commitment to developing many of the world’s top drivers, and our prize fund and series champion award enhancements will make for intense competition among drivers. It’s going to be a great season of racing.”

The new National logo.

Rick Roso

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