Luke Gabin, Sam Adams Victorious As The 2014 Skip Barber Racing School Summer Series Comes To A CloseOct 20, 2014
Luke Gabin, Sam Adams Victorious As The 2014 Skip Barber Racing School Summer Series Comes To A Close
Braselton, Ga. (Oct. 20, 2014) – The 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series wrapped up a stellar season this past weekend at Lime Rock Park. A new generation of motorsports talent took to the track to prove they are well on their way to becoming professional race car drivers. Following in the footsteps of some of the of the most successful Skip Barber Racing School graduates today including Ryan Hunter-Reay, AJ Allmendinger, Spencer Pigot, and many others, this new group of racers showcased their skill development by racing in both dry and wet conditions.
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“This season showcased an amazing array of talented racers,” said Race Series Coordinator Jeff Lail. “The competition was top notch and we cannot wait to see these guys prove that they are some of the best racers in the world as they progress with their career.”
The top five Formula drivers will regroup in Atlanta for the Championship Shootout held in Braselton, GA. The champion will receive a $200,000 Mazda Developmental scholarship to move into USF2000.
Karts to Cars Scholarship winner and Australian driver Luke Gabin stood victorious for the Formula Skip Barber series. While in the MAZDASPEED Challenge, Rookie driver Sam Adams took the championship. In the Skip Barber Formula Master’s category, veteran racer Pat Daly won the top spot and in the MAZDASPEED Challenge Master’s category, Michael Auriemma also took home top honors.
The Formula Skip Barber championship points battle proved to be nothing short of exciting. Entering the weekend, only 7 points separated Shootout standouts Luke Gabin and Michai Stephens. Gabin, the champion for the 2013 Karts to Cars Shootout, and Stephens, the champion for the 2013 INDYCAR Academy, have proven to be formidable foes in the series exchanging wins at tracks across the country. However, due to Stephens success with this year’s TEAM USA Scholarship, he traveled to England to represent the USA and could not compete in the series finale.
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Despite Michai’s absence, Gabin faced tough competition with Ben Auriemma who entered the weekend third in the championship point standings. Auriemma knew the stakes of the weekend and did not disappoint. Auriemma would take second in Race One and third in Race Two of the weekend. Auriemma’s two podium finishes would secure his overall position in second for the season.
Other notable finishes in the Formula Skip Barber series included returning racer Nakita Lastochkin who took the third spot in the championship point standings. Jackie Ding also showcased his growth as a racer this past weekend nabbing a second place finish in Group 1, Race 2. His second place finish would secure his overall finish for the season at fourth place. Rookie and Mexican driver Jorge Herrera secured a top five finish in the series after finishing third in Group 1, Race 1.
On the MAZDASPEED Challenge side, Rookie Sam Adams continued his success taking a first place finish in Race One and a third place finish in Race Two. His strong showing at Lime Rock Park secured his championship finish in the season. Mac Korince also had an outstanding showing during the weekend taking second in both races. Other notable racers include Hamilton Smith who took third in the first race and followed that with a first place finish.
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In the Grand Masters competition, Pat Daly fought a tough battle moving from the back of the pack to win first. Bill Shields came in second, and Grand Master Gus Doppes finished in third place.
Results : Overall Championship Standings
Formula Skip Barber
- Luke Gabin – R
- Ben Auriemma
- Nikita Lastochkin
- Jackie Ding
- Jorge Herrera – R
- Sam Adams – R
- Mac Korince
- Jose DaSilva – R
- Michael Auriemma – M
- Brad Roudebush – M
The 2014-2015 Skip Barber Winter Series will kick off November 13 at Road Atlanta. Stay updated on the series at www.skipbarber.com.
About Skip Barber Racing School Race Series
For 40 years, Skip Barber Racing School has been the leader in training motorsports legends of the future through entry-level, equal car championships. The athletes are given media exposure, expert coaching, on-track arrive-and-drive experience, financial awards and motorsports scholarships. Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Josef Newgarden, Spencer Pigot and many more.
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