In a nod to the 35th anniversary of the company's founding, the Skip Barber Racing School today announced a separate championship to be run in conjunction with the 2010 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 to be announced later.
“There has been a longstanding interest by some of our more experienced sportsman drivers to compete against future racing stars on a National level,” said Todd Snyder, Vice President of Competition at Skip Barber Racing School. “The Skip Barber Cup gives those drivers an opportunity to race at a 12 Hours of Sebring or a Petit Le Mans against drivers of similar age and ability for their own championship.”
Barber, the long-time owner of Lime Rock Park and the newly created Lime Rock Drivers Club, added, “From the very beginning the Race Series catered to two distinct audiences; the young up-and-coming racer with career aspirations and the driver for whom racing is more of an avocation. The Skip Barber Cup continues that tradition; giving that second group the opportunity to compete on a national level in an arrive-and-drive series with professional coaching.”
The 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda season begins the weekend of March 5-7 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. For more information about the National Series, please visit www.skipbarber.com/raceseries.
2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber Cup Championship schedule (seven double-race weekends)
Spring Training, January 28-29, Sebring International Raceway
Rounds 1 & 2, March 5-7, Homestead-Miami Speedway with Grand-Am
Rounds 3 & 4, March 16-19, Sebring International Raceway with American Le Mans Series
Rounds 5 & 6, April 22 - 25, Virginia International Raceway with Grand-Am
Rounds 7 & 8, May 28-June 1, Lime Rock Park with Grand-Am
Rounds 9 & 10, July 15-17, New Jersey Motorsports Park with Grand-Am
Rounds 11 & 12, August 20-22, Road America with American Le Mans Series
Rounds 13 & 14, September 28-October 1, Road Atlanta with American Le Mans Series