An Unforgettable Finish to an Exciting Season in the 2015 Skip Barber Summer SeriesNov 17, 2015
Timo Reger Secures Second Skip Barber Series Championship Overtaking Underdog Chase Owen. Jorge Herrera Secures Third Place.
Braselton, Ga (Nov. 16, 2015) — Good stories, the ones that move and inspire, often result in few victors and a slew of heartbroken characters. The Skip Barber Racing School Summer Series ended in dramatic fashion in one of the most unforgettable finishes in the season’s history. With many talented young racers vying for the coveted championship, emotions were heightened and the tension was thick. But every driver gained valuable knowledge that will help their careers.
Entering the weekend, there were four drivers in contention for the Championship. The clear underdog going into the season, Chase Owen, winner of the Skip Barber Academy Shootout and a new racer in the group, lead the Championship point standings, but hot-on his heels were two talented drivers, Timo Reger and Dakota Dickerson. In the first qualifying session of the weekend, Timo Reger came out with an undeniable determination to repeat his prior championship and nabbed the pole position, but like most things driven with passion, nothing comes easy.
Race 1 saw more than 10 lead changes by four drivers in the 14 lap race, but the underdog would prevail. Chase Owen (TOP MIDDLE) would take home the win and extend his lead in the Championship points. 2014 Karts to Cars Champion Daniel De La Calle (TOP LEFT) would take the second spot followed by Jorge Herra (TOP RIGHT) who would also nab the fastest lap for the group.
Reger would narrowly miss the the podium by .281 seconds and would finish in fourth. Dakota Dickerson’s session would fair worse than Reger as he would end the session in 14th place making his dreams of the coveted title too far to grasp. After the first day of races, Chase Owen would lead the championship point standings by 9 points. This would make it near impossible for Timo Reger to claim the championship.
Entering the second day of races, Reger (RIGHT) had hope and a vision. He calculated what he needed to do — grab the pole, win the race, get fastest lap time and Owen would have to finish in fourth or worse. The prior Champion had a mountain to climb. On the other hand, entering the second day of races, Owen also knew what his performance could mean. He would be the first Skip Barber Racing Academy Champion to win a season championship if he could keep the lead. Not even Michai Stephens had succeeded in conquering that task. Despite Owen’s lead, he understood there was more work to do.
In qualifying, with one lap to go, Owen would have the pole position, and Reger’s dreams of a repeat seemed far from his reach, but as he crossed the finish line on his last lap, he would come out on top. He would take the fastest lap of the session and more importantly, pole position. With Reger’s pole, Owen’s lead would shorten to 6 points. Owen, like a true competitor, shook off the pressure and focused on the race. In Race 2, Reger’s pole position would come in handy as he would extend his lead from the pack in remarkable fashion – he would end the race in first with a more than 7-second lead.
Despite Reger’s performance, Owen’s finish also mattered. Due to Reger’s first place finish, he couldn’t rely on the draft to nab the fastest lap of the race. Owen needed to take home 4th to tie the championship points.
Entering lap 2, Owen would maneuver himself to second but it wouldn’t stick as Daniel De La Calle would fight for the podium position and the two would go back and forth. Going into lap 10, another driver, Kyle Masson would also throw a wrench in Owen’s plans to take the title. Masson would make a move and Owen would drop to fourth. Owen refused to give up and would eventually move up two positions before the last lap of the race, but his grit and determination would fall short as he would drop out of the top four and finish in fifth.
Owen’s finish was bittersweet. He would lose the championship by a mere two points. Despite the loss, Owen’s run at the championship was nothing short of spectacular. As the underdog of the group and a new racer in the motorsports family, his performance in Road Atlanta and the season was fantastic.
Reger would take home the coveted title in grand fashion. His focus and drive would serve him well in the last race of the season. Jorge Herra also showcased his consistency moving from fourth to finish third in the season.
“The racing this season was unbelievably close,” comments Casey Carden, Director of Competition, “and it underscores the value and competitiveness the series brings to the ecosystem of motorsports. Less than 0.800 of a second separated the first and second place winner in the first race and 1.4 seconds separated positions 2 through 4 in the second race.”
Racers won’t have much rest as the group enters another shootout on Monday to win $200,000 presented by Mazda in the Championship Shootout.
About the Skip Barber Racing School
For 40 years, Skip Barber Racing School operates a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and special projects across North America. No other organization delivers such a combination of high quality instruction, equipment, facilities and memorable experiences. Skip Barber Racing School is the leader in training motorsport 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 motorsport 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.