Masters National at Daytona: Rounds Five & Six

Sunday, April 03, 2005 The Masters National drivers had a great weekend, and thanks to the exciting high banks of Daytona International Speedway, we saw tons of draft-passing at its best. Congrats to Chris Willcox on his back-to-back victories — Chris clearly had the field covered in the infield and showed why he is the reigning champ. The rest of

What We Do During the Winter

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Abhi (“Abby”) Ghatak, Senior V.P. of Operations for Skip Barber Racing, wanted to let the entire Skip Barber Racing family know that a lot of hard work is done during the winter, even above and beyond the running of our Western and Southern Series. Our terrific crews in Lakeville, Conn., Sebring, Fla., and Laguna Seca (Monterey),

Daytona: Sportsman Title Fight On Tap

Tuesday, March 29, 2005 As the Southern Series sets up camp at Daytona all this week for the Southern Series finale, yes, the Championship Class title is a done deal — again, congrats to Matt Varsha — but the battle for P2 should be hot and heavy. Especially on the high banks of “The World Center of Racing,” where the

SBRS on SPEED TV: (Go, Conrad!)

Monday, March 28, 2005 Drifting Emergency! is the title of a story thread that’s been airing on Sports Car Revolution, a very popular show on SPEED TV. DE! is fun and interesting, done in a ”bad Japanese movie” style. Here’s the best part: Skip Barber Racing has a significant role in this ”movie,” as instructor Conrad Grunewald, an accomplished drifter

This (this) is (is) not (not) an (an) Echo (Echo): Bonilla on Pole Again

Friday, March 18, 2005 SEBRING, Fla. – Rain or shine — or partly cloudy — Gerardo Bonilla can lap Sebring like you read about. After winning the opener yesterday in soaking conditions, in qualifying for today’s round two at Sebring International, on the pole he sits gain, having turned a 2:28.711, a full second clear of next-best Matt Varsha, who’s

Race Two To Bonilla Too

Friday, March 18, 2005 SEBRING, Fla. – Polesitter Gerardo Bonilla let Matt Varsha and Cole Nelson duke it out behind him as he took care of business up front to win his second race of the week in the Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER. The hairiest moment for Bonilla came within seconds of the start, a moment which

Race One: Short & Sweet for Bonilla

Thursday, March 17, 2005 SEBRING, Fla. – It what was the shortest Skip Barber National race in its six-year history, Gerardo Bonilla overcame very wet, slippery conditions at Sebring International Raceway to win round one of the 14-race championship. A first-lap red flag halted the proceedings (two different incidences), and with a time-certain schedule, there was no stopping the clock.

Qualifying for Race One, SBNC

Thursday, March 17, 2005 SEBRING, Fla. – It’s no shock that Sebring wizard Gerado Bonilla took pole position in wet conditions (2:46.292) this morning. Equally unsurprising is to find Matt Varsha third-quick (2:50.200). But Skip Barber National rookie Casey Neal’s best lap has him second on the grid for this afternoon’s season-opening Round One. Wet but not wild was Gerardo

SBNC: First Practice, Sebring

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 SEBRING, Fla. (March 16) – Gerardo Bonilla, the 2004 runner-up, put up the fastest time in today’s practice session for the Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER, followed by Garrett Zine and Lorenzo Mandarino. Twenty-five drivers put in a time, with qualifying for the first of two rounds here at Sebring scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday)

Tim Traver Takes Western Title

Monday, March 14, 2005 It was a foggy day at Laguna Seca but the sun was shining for Tim Traver who locked up the Western Championship almost six years to the day after completing his Three-Day School. Tim, who had been a contender for the Championship many times in the past, confirmed his strength by taking pole in both his

Rounds 3 & 4 of the Masters National

Monday, March 14, 2005 Round Three & Four of the Skip Barber Master’s National was held at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. In three short days these guys experienced a season’s worth of weather conditions, track conditions — and of course, racing. Friday’s practice sessions were held under beautiful clear blue skies and above normal temperatures (new record high of

My first race weekend! (actually followed by another 4,000 exclamation points)

Saturday, March 12, 2005 Almost nine years to the day after my first inquiry into Skip Barber race series I finished my first race weekend. Many if not most of my fellow readers have felt the exhilaration of crossing the finish line under the checkered flag. It’s a feeling so unbelievable that one must experience it for oneself to truly

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