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Skip Barber Racing cars await drivers for the 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout at Virginia International Raceway. (photo: courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

Yago Cesario, a 16-year-old karter from Goiania, Brazil, leads the 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout after two days of evaluation at Virginia International Raceway.

Cesario is one of four Brazilians entered, most of whom reference Danilo Estrela (the 2010 scholarship winner) as their motivation for attendance aside from the actual scholarship money.

Nine of the 23 drivers enrolled in this year’s shootout (39.1-percent) represent Latin America. All 23 entrants are competing for a grand prize consisting of a fully-funded ride in the Skip Barber Winter or Summer Series. Details below.

Brennan Harrington, who punched his ticket to the shootout via scholarship following his performance at the Rock Island Grand Prix, is currently runner-up in the scoring followed by Leukemia survivor and up-and-coming talent Jonathan Sugianto. The drivers earn points by producing fast laps and maintaining a fast pace (average lap time) while rotating cars. Points are deducted for contact and/or spins.

One day of on-track activity remains in the 2012 shootout, so a lot can change in the overall standings. Hit the jump for a look at where the drivers stand following two-days of evaluation at VIR.

Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout
Driver standings after Day 2
1. Yago Cesario, 214.05
2. Brennan Harrington, 208.00
3. Jonathan Sugianto, 206.70
4. Olivier Cote, 203.50
5. Yuri Cesario, 201.00
6. Bryson Schutte, 191.15
7. Skylar Robinson, 190.40
8. Timothy Humphrey, 183.10
9. Stephen Abel, 182.50
10. Mitsui Duzanowski, 176.35
11. Nicolas Armien, 173.55
12. Esteban Garzon, 172.20
13. Javier Cantu, 170.50
14. Camilo Forero Vasquez, 160.30
15 Arthur Oliveira, 157.10
16. Jacob Parsons, 154.70
17. Santiago Castellanos, 154.30
18. Stefan Yasin, 149.00
19. Colton Herta, 141.05
20. Ethan Low, 140.00
21. Ruben Abadi, 138.50
22. Matheus Dionisio, 126.00
23. Tom Parry, 32.80
2012 Karting Scholarship Shootout Awards

  • 1st Place – A full season in the Skip Barber Racing School 2012-2013 Winter Race Series or Summer Race series
  • 2nd Place – $25,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
  • 3rd Place – $20,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
  • 4th Place – $15,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
  • 5th Place – $10,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
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