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Skip Barber National Championship

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The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda is an entry-level professional race series run by Skip Barber Racing School. Initially formed as the Formula Dodge National Championship, Since 2006 the Skip Barber National has been the initial open-wheel race series in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder, which includes the Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 National Championship and the Star Mazda Championship. The Skip Barber National has run in support of the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and A1GP and is designed to give young drivers transitioning from karting to race cars their first experience of professional level road racing.


Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER

The Skip Barber National was developed to fill the gap between the Skip Barber Regional Race Series and the Barber Dodge Pro Series. The first season was in fact a one-race shootout for top drivers from the four Regional Race Series. Held at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the race (and championship) was won by 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

For the first several years of its existence, the Skip Barber National schedule was made up of what were deemed to be the best tracks scheduled for each of the four Skip Barber Regional Race Series. The Skip Barber National was run as a separate run group within each race weekend, with a separate fleet of cars. The National made its professional support series debut at the 2003 12 Hours of Sebring. The Skip Barber National Champion during this era earned a $100,000 career enhancement award to help them pick up a ride in the next level of open-wheel racing.

BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda

When Mazda replaced Dodge as automotive partner with Skip Barber Racing School at the end of 2006, the Skip Barber National was renamed, with BFGoodrich taking over title sponsorship of the series. As part of this new partnership with Mazda, the Skip Barber National joined the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder, with the Skip Barber National Champion earning a fully funded season in the following year's Star Mazda Championship. The original ladder included the Skip Barber National, Star Mazda, and the Atlantic Championship. In 2010 this was changed with the replacement of the top of the ladder Atlantic Championship with the newly reformed U.S. F2000 Championship slotted between the Skip Barber National and the now top rung Star Mazda Championship. This overlaps with the Indy Racing League's new Road to Indy development ladder that includes U.S. F2000, Star Mazda, and Firestone Indy Lights.

Championship Format

Drivers in the Skip Barber National earn points in 14 races, held over seven double-race weekends, with their worst single result dropped. Drivers also receive a point for earning a pole position.

The Skip Barber Cup Championship is a separate class running with the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda. Named in honor of company founder and former owner Skip Barber, the Skip Barber Cup Championship is open to drivers aged 26 and older who would like to race against the younger drivers at the marquee events offered in the 2010 National schedule, but are not eligible for the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development system. Skip Barber Cup drivers will compete for a separate championship and prize fund.

Karting Shootout

Since 1998, every winter Skip Barber Racing School holds the Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout, where karters gather to compete for scholarships for the upcoming season of racing, courtesy of MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development and FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund. Competitors learn everyday driving skills, attend media and motorsports seminars, practice interview skills and perform a series of sessions on track in Formula Skip Barber Race Cars. In the 2010 Shootout, the prizes consisted two scholarships for the entire 2011 race season of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda, becoming MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Scholarship Drivers. Other prizes typically include one half season in the Skip Barber National, one full season and three half seasons in the Skip Barber Regional Race Series.

Upcoming/Current Season

The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda ran its final season during the summer of 2011. The final race was at Lime Rock Park, Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Noted Alumni

In addition to the Skip Barber National Champions, several drivers currently racing in higher levels of international motorsport have raced, and won, in the Skip Barber National:
  • A.J. Allmendinger (Champ Car race winner, NASCAR Sprint Cup, IndyCar Series)
  • Scott Speed (Formula One, NASCAR Sprint Cup)
  • Alexander Rossi (GP3 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Indycar Series, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner)
  • Gabriel Chaves (Italian Formula Three Championship, GP3 Series, Indy Lights, IndyCar Series)
  • E. J. Viso (Formula 3000, GP2 Series, IndyCar Series)
  • Josef Newgarden (GP3 Series, 2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion, IndyCar Series race winner)
  • References

    Skip Barber National Championship Wikipedia

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