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Skip Barber Karting Shoot-Out: 2009 Entry List

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted December 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm Karting, Karting Scholarship, Skip Barber

Skip Barber released their 2009 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-Out entry list today at the PRI show in Orlando, Florida.  The list is comprised of 37 drivers.

The shoot-out will take place on December 27-30, 2009 at Sebring International Raceway.  The entrants will be competing for $255,000 worth of seat time in various Skip Barber Racing Series.  The top prize, presented by the MazdaSPEED Development Ladder and the FIA Motorsport Safety Development Fund, will be a pair of fully-funded rides in the 2010 Skip Barber National Championship.  A fully-funded ride in the SBN championship is valued at approximately $52,000.

As noted above, their will be 37 drivers in attendance for this year’s shoot-out.  The entry numbers are down in comparison to years past, but I suppose that was to be expected considering the current economic climate.

Last year, I wrote a piece about the number of drivers who are 15 years of age or younger and competing for the prestigious Skip Barber Karting Scholarship.  It seems the average age of the entrants continues to drop every year as competitors are getting younger and younger.  Last year there were ten drivers who were 15 years of age or younger in the shoot-out.  This year, there are thirteen drivers who are 15 years of age or younger.

Here is a closer look at some actual numbers…

Percentage of Drivers Age 15 or Younger

2009- 35.14% (13 drivers) with the youngest being 13 years of age.
2008- 20.00% (10 drivers) with the youngest being 13 years of age.
2007- 29.41% (15 drivers) with the youngest being 12 years of age.
2006- 24.49% (12 drivers) with the youngest being 13 years of age.
2005- 17.02% (8 drivers) with the youngest being 13 years of age.

As noted last season, with these stats, it’s impossible to argue against the fact that drivers are attempting to move from karts to cars at a younger age every year.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again… It’s great to see these young drivers gaining experience in cars but it’s a shame to see so many rushed into cars.  A drivers karting years are so important to their overall development as a race car driver that pushing kids into cars at such a young age can be detrimental to their overall success.

I know that a lot of these drivers will continue karting along with their car programs… which is great to see.  The more seat time the better whether it be in cars or karts, but it’s always great to see drivers diversifying their skills.

Make the jump to see the full 2009 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-Out Entry List…

2009 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-Out Entry List

Driver/Age/Hometown
Abdul Ahmed 25, Andover, Kan.
Neil Alberico 17, Monte Sereno, Calif.
Gianni Alessandria 19, Panama City, Panama
Nick Andries 19, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Darrick Antell 19, Greenwich, Ct.
Thomas Bonatz 21,Birmingham, Ala.
Kyle Books 17, Houston, Tex.
Dylan Byrnside 22, Ardley, Ala.
Dore Chaponick 13, Miami, Fla.
Mackenzie Clare 14,Barrie, Ont., Canada
Ian Costa 20, Danville, Calif.
Nicolas Costa 18, Barra da Tijuca, Brazil
Tristan DeGrand 15, Eureka, Mo.
Luis Michael Dörrbecker 16, Queretaro, Mexico
Mark Draghicescu 17, Beaverton, Ore.
R.C. Enerson 13, New Port Richey, Fla.
Connor Ford 13, Carson City, Nev.
Brady Halbasch 22, Reno, Nev.
Trent Hindman 14, Wayside, N.J.
Kyle Kaiser 13, Santa Clara, Calif.
Kenton Koch 15, Glendora, Calif.
Dillon Kranz 23, Columbus, Wis.
Kyle Kuntze 20, Poway, Calif.
Corey Lewis 18, Nazareth, Penn
Corey Neveau 15, San Clemente, Calif.
Brandon Newey 17, Carmel, Ind.
Tristan Nunez 14, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sebastian Ordonez 15, Aventura, Fla.
Spencer Pigot  16, Windermere, Fla.
Jesus Rios 15, Miami Beach, Fla.
Cody Robinson 17, Kettering, Ohio
Tomas Saldana 20, Madrid, Spain
Felix Serralles 17, Haines City, Fla.
Mukul Sud 24, Emeryville, Calif.
Colin Thompson 15, Perkasie, Penn.
Dexter Tuttle 20, Charlotte, N.C.
Matt Zeis 22, Colombia, Mo.

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One Comment

  1. ingo strackerjan on December 14, 2009 2:53 am

    In regards to your article and your sentiments that too many young drivers leave the karting scene too early;

    I think this is only due to the fact that all the “advanced” Formula series have been all too eager accepting 17 to 20 year old drivers and making heros out of them. A 20 year old driver these days has really no place anymore in Formula BMW, Skip or other Junior series as it will take him another 3 years, if he is so lucky, to be a contestant for a GP2 or F1 seat. Now having said that – there is naturally also the money making, speak sponsorship one brings to their table, avenue for the more “afluent” financially secure and mature driver. As we all know some of the talent can be bought with money-see the 2009 list of front runners in all classes and we all know which one is natural and which ones are not.
    Can we return to the more mature, speak older, driver cadre and what will be then the reason to do so? I personally can’t see any valid reason why we should as there is no reason why a young kid should not be on the track unless of course one belongs to the junior racing industry and has financial interests in keeping young drivers for a little bit longer. In today’s economic climate this is hardly possible as funding is scarce and very limited to already too few drivers.

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