The 2011 racing season is finally underway and it opened with some exceptionally exciting races last weekend with both the Skip Barber National Championship and USF2000 National Championship opening their respective seasons at Sebring International Raceway.
Here’s a quick recap:
Skip Barber National Championship
The SBN Championship saw two first-time national winners over the weekend with Thomas McGregor picking up the win in Round 1 and Brandon Newey scoring the win in Round 2.
Danilo Estrela picked up five spots in the first race earning the hard-charger award. Shelby Blackstock drove from 10th to 6th in the second race, securing the second hard-charger title of the weekend.
Pole sitters were Scott Anderson in Round 1 and Trent Hindman in Round 2. By weekend’s end the top-three drivers in the point standings were Newey (67), McGregor (65) and Sebastian Ordonez (56).
Not surprisingly, it was a hard-fought battle for the lead all weekend long. If the competition level from this past weekend is any indication, we’re in for a thrilling season.
USF2000 National Championship
The USF2000 National Championship began with Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach scoring the flag-to-flag win at Sebring International Raceway. Veach also won the USF2000 WinterFest in January. Petri Suvanto showcased his speed right off the bat, wheeling his Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing No. 3 entry to second place. Spencer Pigot, driving the No. 8 Andretti Autosport car, finished third.
In Round 2 — which was packed full of action — Australia’s Luke Ellery emerged victorious in the No. 85 JDC MotorSports car. Pigot secured runner-up honors after starting fourth and Suvanto scored his second podium of the weekend with a third-place result.
The USF2000 National Championship will return to action this weekend at St. Petersburg, Fla.