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

Southern Series, Roebling Road

Thursday, March 10, 2005 In the great Peach State of Georgia is Roebling Road, where we went for rounds 11 & 12 of the Southern Series. As born-and-bred Southerner “TearLee” puts it, “Roebling has to be one of the all-time favorite locations to hold a Skippy weekend. The track produces some of the best battles we witness each year, plus


Monday, March 07, 2005 I would like to answer a couple of questions from the question box at Sebring. In the future I will post more questions and answers, as we get them. Please remember that you can also direct any Race Series questions to [email protected]. Question 1: “Why not run the Championship groups first in the day? It seems

Southern & Western at Sebring Full Course

Thursday, February 24, 2005 The combined Southern/Western Race Series weekend on Sebring’s 12-Hour full course was fantastic. Perfect weather, great racing and a big field (70+ drivers) — and the mechanics and crew did a stellar job of keeping things running smoothly. Read all about it! Lots of drivers, lots of fun; that was Sebring Western/Southern 2005! G1R1 (Sportsman) Jack

Masters National Championship: Willcox Wins One, and So Does Mayes

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Sebring International Raceway was the setting for the 2005 opener of the Skip Barber Master’s National Championship. The over-40-but-fast crowd got down and dirty and then some under clear blue skies and the perfect temperatures of wintertime Florida. Special note: The crew and mechanics did an especially tremendous job this weekend, getting race cars back onto

Jeff Gordon, 1990 Three-Day Grad, Grabs His Third Daytona 500

Monday, February 21, 2005 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ask Barry Waddell, lead instructor at the Road America SBRS three-day in 1990 that 19-year-old Jeff Gordon enrolled in, if he saw the huge talent that was ready to blossom. Well, in that school’s “dirt,” Waddell wrote: ”Get this guy into our pro series a.s.a.p.!” (Barry almost never uses exclamation points.) Gordon,

2005 Daytona 500 Grid: 30 Percent Are SBRS Guys

Friday, February 18, 2005 Of the 43 starters for Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 Presented by Skip Barber Racing, 13 (30%) are Skippy grads. I’ve taken the liberty of “asterisk-ing” those guys… Enjoy the race! Daytona 500 starting lineup: 1) Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford, 47.793sec/188.312mph 2) * Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, 47.829/188.170 3) Michael Waltrip, No. 15

Edwards Warrants Two-Page Spread in Autosport

Monday, February 14, 2005 … F1 someday? The February 10 issue of Autosport features a story (screenshot below) on John Edwards, a standard bearer for the proven system that all of us — especially you, the racer — are proud to be part of. Below the screenshot is the text of the article (much thanks to Dr. Michael Edwards, whom

$100,000 Award Set for 2005 Champion

Friday, February 11, 2005 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Skip Barber Racing will again award the champion of its Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER a cash prize of $100,000, a dollar amount designed to significantly assist the driver on his/her next career step, as 2004 Skip Barber National champion Marco Andretti has done. ”We are really pleased to continue the

Fast Masters

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 Over the 30 years that we’ve held our racing series, we learned that there are lots of very good race car drivers who do not have hard-core professional aspirations — in other words, they’re not trying to get themselves into an IRL, Champ Car or F1 seat as a career — but still want the experience

Take Advantage of Pre-pay Discounts for the Race Series

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 We’re ready to accept pre-pays for the upcoming Eastern, Midwestern, National and Masters National championships. In return, you’ll get a hefty — as much as a 15 percent — discount. The details are below. The discounts apply to all Practice and Race Weekend track sessions (Friday/Saturday/Sunday). Remember: You can also “mix-n-match” (e.g., apply the payment for

NASCAR Driver Tuned Up with Skip Barber

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 BRASELTON, Ga. – NASCAR Busch Series driver Ashton Lewis, Jr., drove his #25 Marines Ford Taurus to a fifth- and a third-place finish in the Skip Barber Southern Race Series event at Road Atlanta January 14-16. Okay, it wasn’t his Busch car, it was a Formula Dodge R/T 2000, but he’s confident that by going back

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