Over the course of six weekends from November to April, the Formula Skip Barber 2000 drivers will compete for $162,500 in awards including coveted spots in the 2014 Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout, which boasts a major driver development scholarship through MAZDASPEED Motorsports.
Rounds 1 & 2 at Road Atlanta – November 14-17, 2013 Rounds 3 & 4 at Carolina Motorsports Park – December 5-7, 2013 Rounds 5 & 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Road Course – Jan. 15-19, 2014 Rounds 7 & 8 at Sebring International Raceway – February 12-16, 2014 Rounds 9 & 10 at NOLA Motorsports Park – March 7-9, 2014
Rounds 11 & 12 at Sebring International Raceway – April 1-5, 2014
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.
Jake Eidson wrapped up his third consecutive Skip Barber Racing Series Championship last weekend at Sebring International Raceway, concluding the season with 12 podiums and five-straight victories.
“I think most of it is just applying everything I’ve learned the year before and the year before and the year before,” Eidson said during his acceptance speech at the year-end banquet. “All that knowledge is priceless. The experience and all the help the Skip Barber guys have given is what makes this all possible.”
Aaron Telitz finished second in the championship, just 13 points shy of Eidson’s 338-point total. Skylar Robinson was third with 307, earning Rookie of the Year honors. Adrian Starrantino (300) was fourth with Jose Armida (295) rounding out the top-five in his first year of competition. Gus Doppes was the “Most Improved” driver of the season.
The top-five drivers in the championship qualified for the 2013 Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout, earning the chance to secure a $200,000 MAZDASPEED Driver Development scholarship for the 2014 USF2000 Series.
Indy Lights drivers just finished up their weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Take a tour of the 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course with Peter Dempsey, courtesy of EFCN’s Track Walk. In the race, Carlos Munoz avoided a repeat of St. Pete; this time earning a wire-to-wire victory after dominating practice and qualifying. The margin of victory stood at 5.0684 seconds with Jack Hawksworth finishing runner-up and Gabby Chaves completing the podium. The real action was the battle for fourth between Sage Karam (who held the spot),Peter Dempsey (6th), Jorge Goncalvez (5th), and Juan Pablo Garcia (8th). Garcia, who ended up with a drive-through penalty resulting from contact with Karam, had a stellar race conserving his tires until the end of the 40-lap event. Check out the rest of the results and the full box score here.
After three days of competition and evaluation at Road Atlanta, Peter Portante was announced the winner of the 2012 Skip Barber Championship Shootout earning a USF2000 National Championship ride in 2013 (courtesy of MAZDASPEED), $20,000 cash from California Scents, and an Indy Lights test with Bryan Herta Autosport.
The competition was anything but easy, however, as the top-four drivers were separated by a mere 3.3 points following five race events, a fitness test, a media evaluation, and a business proposal review.
Final Skip Barber Championship Shootout Awards are listed below.
2012 Skip Barber Race Series Champion Shootout Awards:
Peter Portante – 1st place: $200,000 MAZDASPEED USF2000 Scholarship presented by Mazda for the 2013 season; $20,000 cash from California Scents; IndyLights Test with Bryan Herta Autosport
Jake Eidson – 2nd place: $25,000 Race Series Scholarship
Danilo Estrela – 3rd place: $20,000 Race Series Scholarship
Tristan DeGrand – 4th place: $15,000 Race Series Scholarship
Aaron Telitz – 5th place: $10,000 Race Series Scholarship
After winning the Skip Barber Winter and Summer Series, Jake Eidson was awarded a USF2000 test with Belardi Auto Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (photo: IndyCar.com)
Jake Eidson may not be a well-known racer yet, but he will be.
The 17-year-old Colorado native is coming off an astounding year in Skip Barber competition in which he won both the Skip Barber Summer and Winter championships. Now, looking to make the move into USF2000, Eidson recently discussed his past season and his future racing goals with JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com.
Make the jump to read the full interview with Jake Eidson.
The 2012 Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout will be held Dec. 14-16 at Road Atlanta.
The top-10 competitors from the Skip Barber winter and summer series will be allowed to enter at no-cost. The drivers will be evaluated over three days with the opportunity to win the top prize of a $200,000 USF2000 scholarship, an Indy Lights test with Bryan Herta Autosport, and $20,000 cash from California Scents.
2012 Skip Barber Race Series Champion Shootout Awards:
1st place: $200,000 MAZDASPEED USF2000 Scholarship presented by Mazda for the 2013 season; $20,000 cash from California Scents; IndyLights Test with Bryan Herta Autosport
2nd place: $25,000 Race Series Scholarship
3rd place: $20,000 Race Series Scholarship
4th place: $15,000 Race Series Scholarship
5th place: $10,000 Race Series Scholarship
2012Skip Barber Race Series Champion Shootout requirements
1) Four (4) Skip Barber Racing School race weekends in the 2012 race calendar leading up to the shootout.
1) No professional racing experience above an equivalent junior series
2) Cost: Free for Top-10 finishers in the Winter and Summer Race Series. Limited seats available for purchase.
2) Participants have to be 25 years old or younger at date of the Shootout
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.