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.