LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Aug. 20) – Skip Barber Racing School will return to Sebring
International Raceway this December for the 13th edition of its annual Karting
Scholarship Shoot-out. The event, the largest and single most important event for karters
transitioning to race cars, is scheduled for Sunday, December 27 through Wednesday,
December 30, 2009 at the central Florida circuit.
Any karter intending to enter the Shoot-out must submit an application by October 31.
The application can be found by visiting www.skipbarber.com/kartingshootout. Please
note that submission of the application does not guarantee a seat in the Shoot-out.
Following four days of on- and off-track evaluations (all on-track activities will utilize
the Skip Barber Formula 2000 race car), a panel of judges will reward the most talented
karters with scholarships to race in the Skip Barber Regional Race Series and the
BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda. The biggest prize, courtesy of
the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder system, is a paid season in the 2010
Skip Barber National, valued at more than $52,000.
A fourth day has been added to the program and is dedicated to road and track safety
training as part of a grant from the FIA Motor Sport Safety Fund. Details on the road and
track safety training and additional scholarship opportunities will be announced in the
Over the years, Skip Barber Racing's ''star search'' system has unearthed and then
developed such talents as A.J. Allmendinger, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Michael Valiante,
Raphael Matos, Marco Di Leo, Ricky and Jordan Taylor and Gabby Chaves. Two of the
more recent champions of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda –
Jonathan Goring in 2006 and Joel Miller in 2007 – won scholarships at the Shoot-out.
Connor De Phillippi, the current points leader in this year's championship is also a past
Submit 2009-2010 Skip Barber Karting Shoot-out applications to Jim Altemus, Karting
Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 860.248.4547. You may also
call Jim at 860.435.4119 for more information.
About Skip Barber
For more than 30 years, Skip Barber Racing School LLC has operated a fully integrated
system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and
OEM events across North America.
The Skip Barber Racing School is held at more than 20 of the most prestigious race
tracks in North America, while the Skip Barber Driving School, utilizing Mazda's
performance sedans and sports cars, operates at five world-famous destination locations.
The Skip Barber Race Series is collectively five separate, equal-car racing championships
– the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge; two regional race series featuring race
prepared Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars, two regional open-wheel amateur series and an
entry level open-wheel pro series: the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by
Mazda, which awards a $350,000 title bonus All the series are part of Mazda's unique
MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder system. The Corporate Events unit
creates custom racing and driving programs for companies of any size that desire special,
exciting events to train, entertain, educate and reward. OEM Events provides unique,
specialized automotive-related training, analysis, evaluation, logistics and consultation.
Skip Barber recently launched the Skip Barber Superbike School powered by KTM.
Additional information is available at www.skipbarber.com or