Scott Hargrove looks through the corner on his way to victory on the streets of St. Petersburg. (photo: John R. Hendrick)
Scott Hargrove could feel the lactic acid building in his muscles. Despite the pain, he continued to pedal his bike and maintain a high cadence in order to stay on the wheel and in the draft of his older brother Robert — a UCI licensed cyclist who regularly achieves an epic suffer score on Strava.com.
With his legs and lungs working at maximum capacity and heart rate spiked, Hargrove continues to push and chase. He knows the effort will pay off. Fitness is key for a race car driver and Scott’s has never been better; thanks in part to his brother Robert, who after suffering a severe knee injury during a 2011 ski cross race with the British Columbia team (BCSC), turned to bikes as a way to rehab.
“He likes to push my limits,” Scott said, when asked about training with his brother Robert. “The only real chance I have to keep up with him is after he has already done double this distance of me earlier in the day. He’s an Iron Man in my eyes and has turned into a true athlete. That, for sure, drives me to follow in his foot steps.
“The motivation carries through into whatever I am doing,” Scott continued, “whether it be schoolwork, training, or racing.”
The morning after pursuing his brother 60 kilometers (nearly 40-miles) at a strenuous pace, Hargrove turns his focus to school work and stuffs his backpack full of books, his laptop, gym clothes, and lunch. After strapping the nearly 50-pound bundle to his back, he climbs onto his late-90s dark-blue Specialized carbon road bike, equipped with fenders and rides to class, 15 km one way.
Yago Cesario proved to be the fastest and most consistent driver in the 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout at VIR. The 16-year-old Brazilian produced the fastest lap of the competition (1:18.057).
Heading into the final day of the 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout at Virginia International Raceway, Yago Cesario knew he needed to do one thing: Continue doing exactly what he had been doing the previous two days.
Drive fast and clean.
While the points spread was significantly reduced in the final day of competition, thanks to strong performances by runner-up Brennan Harrington, Cesario held on to win the grand prize — a fully-funded ride in the Skip Barber Summer or Winter Series. Harrington ended up just 0.25 points short in his quest for top honors but still ended up leaving VIR with a $25,000 prize.
Bryson Schutte was third. Yuri Cesario, Yago’s twin brother, finished fourth and Canadian Olivier Cote was fifth earning the final prize in the 2012 shootout. Full results can be found after the jump.
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.
Below is a list of the drivers participating in the 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout at Virginia International Raceway. The shootout competition — offering over $120,000 in Skip Barber Racing scholarships — began today and will conclude Thursday, Oct. 18. Stay tuned for updates.
The 2012-13 Skip Barber Winter Series will get underway Nov. 8-10 at Road Atlanta. (Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)
2012-2013 Skip Barber Winter Race Series presented by Mazda
· Rounds 1 & 2, November 8-10: Road Atlanta, Ga.
· Rounds 3 & 4, December 6-8: Mazda Raceway
· Rounds 5 & 6, January 18-20: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fla
· Rounds 7 & 8, February 12-17: Sebring International Raceway, Fla.
· Rounds 9 & 10, March 8-10: Mazda Raceway*
· Rounds 11 & 12, April 4-6: Sebring International Raceway, Fla.
Shootout and Scholarship
The top-five drivers in the championship points for the 2012-2013 Formula Skip Barber Winter Series will be invited to compete in the 3rd Annual Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout at the end of the year long with the 2013 Summer top five. The winner of that shootout will receive a scholarship to compete in a full season of the 2014 Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda.
The 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout will take place at Virginia International Raceway on October 15-18, 2012. Deadline for applications is 9/1/2012.
· 2012 Skip Barber Championship Shootout – scheduled for December 14-16, 2012 at Road Atlanta.
· 2012 Skip Barber IndyCar Academy – scheduled at Sebring International Raceway for January 25-27. Deadline for applications and completion of a 3 Day Racing School is December 15, 2012.
2012 Skip Barber Shootout Particpants at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Photo: Kelly Brouillet - Skip Barber Racing)
Editor’s Note: I’m trying something new this week. Prior to this year’s Skip Barber Karting Scholarship I asked friend and driver coach Steve Welk if he was heading to the shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and if he would be interested in writing a guest post on JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com. He gladly accepted the invitation and you can read his submission below. His piece starts out with a day-by-day description of the shootout and ends with some interesting thoughts on a few of the competitors. It should be noted that while Steve coached for Skip Barber Racing, he was not working for Skip Barber last weekend but was coaching eventual winner Tristan DeGrand and Andrew Hobbs — which he is up front about in his intro. Enjoy.
By:Steve Welk – President of Linear Sport Motorsports Management
A little background on myself / disclaimer, I have been involved in motorsport since the age of eight which puts me at the 20-year mark this year. In 2003 I began instructing with the Skip Barber Racing School then formed Linear Sport in 2005. I decided to end my own driving career in 2008 to focus solely on driver development. I work individually with drivers from karting through the upper levels of junior formula car racing and coached drivers Tristan DeGrand and Andrew Hobbs at this year’s Shootout.
The 2011 edition of the Skip Barber Scholarship Shootout was another very well run event that should be on any driver’s agenda if they plan on making the transition from karts to cars. Regardless if a driver comes away with a scholarship (sometimes even more so if you don’t), the knowledge gained about the realities of motorsport is invaluable.
Scholarship winners with Skip Barber Racing School CEO Michael Culver
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet)
Skip Barber Racing announced its 2011 scholarships Monday morning, following the 15th Annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For those who asked about prize specifics, here they are:
2011 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout
Full season in the Skip Barber presents
the Mazda Winter or Summer Race Series
2nd Place &
3rd Place TIE
Nick Neri & Adrian Starrantino
2011 Skip Barber Race Series Champion Shootout
Full season in the Skip Barber presents
the Mazda Winter or Summer Race Series
Drivers were introduced to the Skip Barber formula car on an infield autocross course prior to pedaling their way around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the 2011 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout. (Photo: Kelly Brouillet)
Tristan DeGrand topped 22 other karters to win the 2011 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout and Danilo Estrela bested the Skip Barber Race Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
After four days of seminars and observation — both in and out of the car — the drivers gathered in the Laguna Seca infield for the announcement.
The judges’ decision didn’t come quickly with several participants sparking their own Twitter trend by hashtagging #NerveRacking as they awaited the big announcement.
While only two were chosen for the top-prize in their respective competition, several other drivers qualified for a scholarship. Per the Skip Barber organization, 17 of the 30 participants will leave Montery with a scholarship.
DeGrand, 15, and Estrela, 18, are both guaranteed a funded season in a Skip Barber Race Series for 2012. The specifics on the remaining prizes will be released in an official statement by Skip Barber Racing tomorrow.