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Two New Faces at the National Level

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm Skip Barber

The Skip Barber National Championship will be completing Round 7 & 8 of the 2010 championship this weekend at Lime Rock Park.  The entry list was released this morning and featured two rookies, each looking to make their Skip Barber National debut.

Scott Heckert, 16, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, will make his debut this weekend along with 14-year-old New Jersey resident Trent Hindman.  Both drivers have an extensive background in karting.

Heckert competes nationally with the World Karting Association and locally in the Norwalk Karting Association in the Briggs division- a low horsepower karting program that emphasizes finesse and smoothness behind the wheel.  I’m not real familiar with Heckert but I’ve heard some good things about him.  He has put together some real solid performances at the National karting level in the WKA Gold Cup.  The jump to Skip Barber National competition will be fairly large, but he should do relatively well as he becomes comfortable with the car.

Hindman has been competing both locally and nationally in karts for about five years now, focusing mostly on 2-cycle classes.  Last summer he started making the transition to cars through various Skip Barber regional programs.  The New Jersey native qualified second in his first-ever car race and finished fifth out of 16 drivers.  I expect Hindman to be pretty fast right out-of-the-box.  He has a lot of track time at Lime Rock and showcased his speed today by finishing P1 in the final lapping session ahead of several National Series’ regulars.


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