Skip Barber Racing School Alumni and INDYCAR Academy Champion at the 97th Indianapolis 500

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Skip Barber Racing School Alumni and INDYCAR Academy Champion at the 97th Indianapolis 500

14 Alumni in Indy 500 Field; Team owner hosts INDYCAR Academy Champion

BRASELTON, Ga. (May 22, 2013) – Skip Barber Racing School is proud to have 14 alumni racing in the 97th Indianapolis 500.

Defending IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, 3-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and this year’s pole-sitter Ed Carpenter headline the 14 Skip Barber Racing School alumni in the field that includes past Scholarship Shootout and Race Series champions.
324751369066796261As the Gateway to Motorsports, Skip Barber Racing School is also excited to recognize alumnusand co-owner of the Barracuda Racing INDYCAR team Bryan Herta who is hosting 2012 INDYCAR Academy Shootout winner Andre Gomes (right).
“I’ve watched very few races in my life and none nearly as prestigious as the Indy 500,” said Gomes at a recent Skip Barber race weekend. “However, as excited as I am to watch the race, it won’t be the best part about being there. I’ll also be getting a garage tour, which I’m extremely excited for. To look at the cars up close and meet Bryan’s crew will be very special. This is a great opportunity for me and something I’ll never forget.”
324751369063999585Herta (right) has granted Gomes a hospitality and garage pass to be part of the Barracuda Racing team for
this year’s Indy 500. Gomes will receive a garage tour from Mr. Herta himself, meet the Barracuda Racing driver Alex Tagliani, network during the event and experience the starting grid before the race.

“Andre demonstrated a ton of talent and potential during the Indycar Academy Shootout,” said Herta in between practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Providing Andre a behind the scenes look at our team at the biggest race in the world will surely advance his understanding of the dedication and teamwork that is required to succeed in top level motorsports. We look forward to hosting Andre and continuing to support the driver development initaitives from the Skip Barber Racing School.”

Skip Barber Racing School alumni racing in the 97th Indianapolis 500 by starting position:

1. Ed Carpenter
3. Marco Andretti
4. E.J. Viso
5. AJ Allmendinger
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay
8. Helio Castroneves
10. J.R. Hildebrand
12. Tony Kanaan
19. Charlie Kimball
20. James Jakes
22. Townsend Bell
25. Josef Newgarden
28. Tristan Vautier
31. Conor Daly

We are very proud of our talented and accomplished alumni! Good luck!

Interested in joing this elite group of accomplished alumni and competing for more than $800,000 in scholarship awards?

Learn more about our programs:

2013 INDYCAR Academy

2013 Skip Barber Race Series

2013 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout

About Skip Barber Racing School

For 38 years Skip Barber Racing School, the leader in high performance driving and racing education, has operated a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and OEM events across North America. Skip Barber Racing School provides entry-level, equal car championships. The athletes are given media exposure, expert coaching, on-track arrive and drive experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. The reason many people choose to race with Skip Barber Racing School is because they know it is the place where the stars of tomorrow begin their careers. The Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, Spencer Pigot, Josef Newgarden and many more.

For more information about how to start your journey on the Mazda Road to Indy, go to or call 800.221.1131.

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