(Mar. 28). With the 59th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier in the
month and the Formula One and INDYCAR season openers over the weekend, the
2011 race season has officially begun, and already Skip Barber Racing School
and Skip Barber National alumni are tearing up the charts and dominating the
podiums. A part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder, Skip Barber
remains dedicated to training champions as they climb to higher levels of
winning the 2009 Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout and
competing in the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda,
2010 champion Spencer Pigot
continues to turn heads. In only his third career start in the Cooper Tires
Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda, Pigot started on
the pole position and went on to lead all 21 laps of the 1.8-mile street
circuit. In Round Four, the 17 year-old Florida native finished second, his fourth
time on the podium this season. Pigot now sits second in the championship
standings, just two points behind Petri Suvanto. (Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Skip Barber
Barber Racing Sch0ool alumni Matthew
Di Leo joined forces with Brian Stewart Racing at the start
of the season. In Round Three, the 15 year-old started 10th and
impressively worked his way up to ultimately finish fourth in his third
USF200 event. Di Leo is currently sixth in the championship standings.
In 2008, Connor De Phillippi
won the Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout and went on to
clinch 2009 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda championship.
In 2010, he earned the Rookie of the Year title and also finished third in
the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. This year, De
Phillippi returned to compete in the Star Mazda Championship, and claimed the
first win of the season in Round 1 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
He currently holds a four-point championship lead over Martin Scuncio.
Firestone Indy Lights:
2008 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber
National presented by Mazda competitor Josef
Newgarden claimed the first win of the 2011 Firestone
IndyLights season, his career first start with the series. Sam Schmidt
Motorsports teammate and 2008 Skip Barber National champion (as well as 2010
Star Mazda Series champion) Conor
Daly gave the team the second podium of the weekend,
finishing in second, just 0.9552 seconds behind Newgarden. Newgarden leads
Daly in the championship points with a 12 point lead. Daly will also compete
this season in select GP3 events. (Photo: LAT photo)
2003 Skip Barber National champion Raphael
Matos improved nine positions to finish seventh in the
IZOD IndyCar Series season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Skip Barber
graduate Tony Kanaan
battled hard with Simona de Silvestro throughout the second half of the event
to finish third on the podium.
2006 Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout winner Gabby Chaves announced over the
weekend he will be running with the Addax Team in the 2011 GP3 series,
further pursuing his dream to compete in Formula One. March 29-31 Chaves will
have an official three day series test at the Silverstone Circuit in England to prepare for the season opener
double header May 7-8 at Istanbul
Park as part of the
Turkish Grand Prix.
For 35 years, Skip Barber Racing School LLC, the leader in high performance
driving and racing education has operated a fully integrated system of racing
schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and OEM
events across North America. Skip Barber Racing
School is offered at more than 20 of
most prestigious race tracks.