The Skip Barber Racing Academy Enters Day 2 of Shootout


The Skip Barber Racing Academy takes to the track for the second day of the three-day shootout. In it’s fourth year, the Academy has a record-breaking 39 competitors vying for a coveted scholarship to pursue their racing dreams in the Skip Barber Race Series. This one-of-a-kind event gives aspiring drivers rare access to expert training, coaching and track time.

After the first day of sessions where drivers had two timed sessions, five competitors are tied for the top spot. They will have two more days of sessions to show why they deserve to be this year’s champion. In addition to garnering the fastest lap times and fastest average lap times, they will also need to showcase perfection. Each spin, four-off, or mistake, will result in point deductions. That said, whoever overcomes the pressure, will have an opportunity of a lifetime ahead.

Top 5

  1. Oscar Valenzuela—Odessaq, TX
  2. Bryan Saxe—Oregon, WI
  3. Matt Widner—Torrance, CA
  4. Nicolas Bakker—White Plains, NY
  5. Amin Rassaei—Tampa, FL


The 2013 Skip Barber Racing Academy champion, Michai Stephens, has shown that the event can transform lives. Stephens began his motorsports dreams searching Google – “How to become a racing driver?” The answers came up as Skip Barber Racing School and the Skip Barber Racing Academy, which was specifically aimed at drivers with no karting or other racing experience.

Stephens has turned his experience into a path to success. In the past two years, he has earned two TEAM USA Scholarship finalist spots. In 2015, RJB Motorsports and Metalloid Corporation announced that the “talented up-and-coming American Michai Stephens” will join as a full time driver with SCCA champion Clint McMahan in the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

The 2014 Skip Barber Racing Academy Champion, Chase Owen, returned to the event this year as a presenter. Chase’s experience since winning the coveted award includes garnering second in the competitive Skip Barber Summer Series. Chase narrowly missed the championship but returns this year in the Skip Barber Winter Series to build on his impressive display on the season past.

“This year’s Academy showcases the success of the program with more participants than any previous year,” said Casey Carden, Director of Competition, “these drivers are determined to pursue their dreams and their skillsets are evenly matched. It’s going to be an exciting next two days.”

Two more days remain in the event and the competition is fierce. Stay tuned for updates on

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 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.


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