Perez wins in Monaco, Alumni on the Podium in NASCAR and more!Jun 01, 2022
One of the most incredible weekends for auto racing is Memorial Day weekend as it hosts F1’s Monaco Grand Prix, IndyCar’s INDY 500, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, and Skip Barber Graduates placed at the front of the field in all of them!
Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been widely considered one of the most important and prestigious races in the world. After a delayed start and a wet-to-dry race, Sergio Perez claimed his first win this season, first win at Monaco, and third win of his F1 career. Perez competed in the Skip Barber National Championship in 2004.
One-third of the starting field of the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 were Skip Barber trained drivers. The highest finisher out of the Skip Barber graduates was the winner of the 100th running, Alexander Rossi. Although the race winner Marcus Ericcson is not a Skip Barber trained driver, there was still Skip Barber magic that led to his big win. The chief engineer for the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Honda, Brad Goldberg, graduated from the Skip Barber Racing School Mechanic Training Program in the mid-1990s.
In NASCAR’s longest race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Skip Barber alum Kyle Busch narrowly missed out on his second Coca-Cola 600 victory, losing to his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin by 0.119 seconds. The driver of the No. 18 Camry kept his car in contention in a caution-filled race and claimed his fifth Top 5 finish this year. When it was time for the NASCAR Cup Series to tackle the 20-turn road course of Circuit of the Americas, Busch visited the Skip Barber Racing School to learn the track and touch upon his road racing skills.
Skip Barber alumni locked out the Top 4 finishes spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In a race that went into a second overtime, the Watermelon Man Ross Chastain claimed the win over fellow grad Grant Enfinger by a tight margin of 0.102 seconds. John Hunter Nemechek grabbed the final step on the podium but not far behind the Top 2, only back 0.413 behind Chastain. Christian Eckes rounded out the lock-out by ending the day in fourth.
Weather played a heavy role in the Trans Am Series event at Lime Rock Park, resulting in varying tire strategies, advantages, and disadvantages for competitors in the Memorial Day Classic. Ultimately, it was Skip Barber graduate Thomas Merrill who came out ahead, running the entire 68 laps on the same set of rain tires and leaving the field in his mist. 2021 Lime Rock Park winner and fellow grad Mike Skeen in the No. 89 3Dimensional Services Group Mustang led the field to green after earning his second Motul Pole Award of the season, but Merrill came from third to overtake both Goikhberg and Skeen in his No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Mustang.