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Skip Barber Racing to create IndyCar Academy

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted March 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm Skip Barber

Danilo Estrela leads the field at Sebring International Raceway (Photo by Debbie Ebalobo | skipbarber.com)

Skip Barber Racing has joined forces with IndyCar to diversify the Mazda Road to Indy driver development ladder by creating the Skip Barber IndyCar Academy.

The new program is designed to give drivers who have no professional racing experience, including karting, a chance to race professionally. Don’t worry karters, Skip Barber Racing will still host the annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout.

How does the academy work? It’s pretty simple, actually.

Anyone who attends a Skip Barber Racing 3-day school in 2012 is eligible to become part of the academy (assuming they have no professional racing background or karting experience). School instructors will nominate students whose natural ability stands apart from the rest of his/her classmates. Annually 33 drivers will be chosen to compete in a year-end shootout where they will receive additional coaching. The shootout winner will receive a funded ride in the Skip Barber Summer or Winter Series.

The new program begins in April and will run through Sept. 28, 2012, for its inaugural year. The top driver will receive a funded ride in 2013 to officially kick off the new program.



  1. Jack Evans on March 28, 2012 8:28 pm

    What if one attends a 3 day racing school in late March? Say, tomorrow?

  2. Ryan on March 28, 2012 9:15 pm

    Hi Jack.

    I wish I had an answer for you. Unfortunately, that sounds like a good question for the folks at Skip Barber Racing. If the 3-day starts tomorrow and runs until the 31st, I would hope a one-day exception could be made but it’s not my call. Good luck.

    Either way, enjoy your school.

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