First Class Graduates

When the Skip Barber Racing School completed the first-ever racing school at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 12 drivers who completed the Three Day Racing School repeated a tradition that has come to rank with the singing of “Back Home, Again, in Indiana,” wearing the laurel wreath and toasting victory with milk. They kissed the bricks.

It was an emotional moment. Never before had 12 novice drivers had the experience of buckling into the cockpits of race-prepared Formula 4 and high-performance Mustang GT’s and driving Indy. They were the first, and the legends live on!

Terry Earwood, the champion driver and long-time Chief Instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School summed it up when he met with IMS President Doug Boles and Racing School CEO Anthony DeMonte at the start/finish line and declared “I’ve been coaching race car drivers for 36 years. This was special.”

And, special it was and will be. Plans are already in place for the 2020 season at the Brickyard. Planning now would not be a bad idea. Seats will fill up fast.

Doug Boles celebrated the fact that the 12 were “the first road course graduates at the IMS in its 110-year history.” He then capped off the week by taking the wheel of a brand new Formula 4 and take a few laps at his home course. “Outstanding!” was his reaction.

The addition of Formula 4’s to the Skip Barber Racing School brings an exciting new chapter to the school’s legendary list of accomplishments. With the next open-wheel school scheduled for November 19-21 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, following the Formula 1 race, the chance for another class of drivers to experience what it’s like to be “number one” is still available.

Anthony DeMonte, CEO of the Skip Barber Racing School, reveled in every minute of the IMS school and congratulated the 12 graduates on their incredible experience. “You’re the first of many, but you’re the first. That’s something you can carry with you for the rest of your driving careers.”


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