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Skip Barber National Championship

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Skip Barber National Championship
CategoryOpen Wheel Racing
CountryUnited States United States
Tyre suppliersBFGoodrich
Last Drivers' championUnited States Scott Anderson
Official websiteThe BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda Website

The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda was an entry-level professional race series run by Skip Barber Racing School. Initially formed as the Formula Dodge National Championship, From 2006 to 2011 the Skip Barber National was the initial open-wheel race series in the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development ladder, which includes the Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 National Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. The Skip Barber National has run in support of the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and A1GP and is designed to give young drivers transitioning from karting to race cars their first experience of professional level road racing.


Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER[edit]

The Skip Barber National was developed to fill the gap between the Skip Barber Regional Race Series and the Barber Dodge Pro Series. The first season was a one-race shootout for top drivers from the four regional race series. Held at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the race and the championship were won by 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

For the first several years of its existence, the Skip Barber National schedule was made up of what were deemed to be the best tracks scheduled for each of the four Skip Barber Regional Race Series. The Skip Barber National was run as a separate run group within each race weekend, with a separate fleet of cars. The National made its professional support series debut at the 2003 12 Hours of Sebring. The Skip Barber National champion during this era earned a $100,000 career enhancement award to help them pick up a ride in the next level of open-wheel racing.

BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda[edit]

When Mazda replaced Dodge as automotive partner with Skip Barber Racing School at the end of 2006, the Skip Barber National was renamed, with BFGoodrich taking over title sponsorship of the series. As part of this new partnership with Mazda, the Skip Barber National joined the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development ladder, with the Skip Barber National Champion earning a fully funded season in the following year's Star Mazda Championship. The original ladder included the Skip Barber National, Star Mazda, and the Atlantic Championship. In 2010 this was changed with the replacement of the top of the ladder Atlantic Championship with the newly reformed U.S. F2000 Championship slotted between the Skip Barber National and the now top-level Star Mazda Championship. This overlaps with the Indy Racing League's new Road to Indy development ladder that includes U.S. F2000, Star Mazda, and Indy Lights.

Championship format[edit]

Drivers in the Skip Barber National earned points in 14 races, held over seven double-race weekends, with their worst single result dropped. Drivers also received a point for earning a pole position.

The Skip Barber Cup Championship was a separate class running with the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda. Named in honor of company founder and former owner Skip Barber, the Skip Barber Cup Championship was open to drivers aged 26 and older who would like to race against the younger drivers at the marquee events offered in the 2010 National schedule, but were not eligible for the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development system. Skip Barber Cup drivers competed for a separate championship and prize fund.

Karting Shootout[edit]

Since 1998, every winter Skip Barber Racing School holds the Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout, where karters gather to compete for scholarships for the upcoming season of racing, courtesy of Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development and FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund. Competitors learn everyday driving skills, attend media and motorsports seminars, practice interview skills and perform a series of sessions on track in Formula Skip Barber Race Cars. In the 2010 Shootout, the prizes consisted two scholarships for the entire 2011 race season of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda, becoming MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Scholarship Drivers. Other prizes typically include one half season in the Skip Barber National, one full season and three half seasons in the Skip Barber Regional Race Series.

Shootout year Scholarship winners
1997 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Phil Giebler, Eric Jones, Michael Valiante
1998 Ryan Howe, Jason LaPoint, Patrick Long, Bryan Sellars
1999 Kevin Christensen, Michael Rossi, Jonathan Strohm, Landon Yee
2000 A. J. Allmendinger, Tommy Contino, James Gue, Ben Moore
2001 David Jurca, Craig Baltzer, Colin Fleming
2002 Joe D'Agostino
2003 Benny Moon, Jason Bowles, Mark Burt, Billy Johnson, Lorenzo Mandarino, Ron White
2004 Jordy Vorrath, Cole Nelson, Justin Moon, Chris Carmody, Chris Wehrheim,
2005 Alexander Rossi, Ricky Taylor, Marco Di Leo, Jonathan Goring, Joel Miller, Alex Ardoin
2006 Beau Debard, Gabby Chaves, Jordan Taylor, Timmy Megenbier, Kyle Longmore
2007 Connor De Phillippi, Brett Smrz, Fabio Orsolon, Michael Denino, Maverick Bartlett, Court Vernon
2008 Sage Karam, Court Vernon, Dennis Trebing, Nick Andries
2009 Spencer Pigot, Félix Serrallés, Nicolas Costa, Mukul Sud, Sebastian Ordonez, Jesus Rios
2010 Trent Hindman, Danilo Estrela, Scott Hargrove, Tristan Nunez, Stefan Rzadzinski, Kenton Koch, Kyle Kaiser
2011 Tristan DeGrand, Nick Neri, Adrian Starrantino, Aaron Telitz, Leonardo Jafet, Ayla Agren, Aiden Landuaer, Nicholas Silva, Nicolas Armien, Jack West
2012 Yago Cesario, Brennan Harrington, Bryson Schutte, Yuri Cesario, Olivier Cote

Upcoming/current season[edit]

The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda ran its final season during the summer of 2011. The final race was at Lime Rock Park, Saturday, October 8, 2011.


Skip Barber National champions[edit]

Year Champion Subsequent experience and honors
1999 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Atlantic Championship, Champ Car; sports cars, 2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and 2012 champion, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner
2000 Canada Anthony Simone NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
2001 Brazil Júlio Campos Formula Three Sudamericana, Stock Car Brasil
2002 United States Grant Maiman First winner of first Red Bull Formula One Driver Search, Formula Renault 2.0 Germany, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
2003 Brazil Raphael Matos 2005 Star Mazda Series champion, 2007 Atlantic champion, 2008 Indy Lights champion, A1 Grand Prix, American Le Mans, IndyCar Series
2004 United States Marco Andretti Star Mazda Series, Indy Pro Series, American Le Mans, A1 Grand Prix, IndyCar Series race winner
2005 Puerto Rico Gerardo Bonilla 2006 Star Mazda Series champion, 2007 IMSA Lites champion, American Le Mans
2006 United States Jonathan Goring Star Mazda Series, IMSA Lites
2007 United States Joel Miller Team USA Scholarship winner, Star Mazda Series, Indy Lights, 2008 Walter Hayes Formula Ford trophy winner, Weathertech Sportscar Championship
2008 United States Conor Daly 2008 Team USA Scholarship winner, 2009 Walter Hayes Formula Ford trophy winner, 2010 Star Mazda Series champion, Indy Lights, GP3 Series, GP2 Series, IndyCar Series
2009 United States Connor De Phillippi 2009 Team USA Scholarship winner, 2009 Walter Hayes Formula Ford trophy winner, 2010 Star Mazda Series Rookie of the Year, Porsche Junioren factory driver
2010 United States Spencer Pigot 2010 Team USA Scholarship winner, U.S. F2000 National Championship, Pro Mazda Championship, Indy Lights, IndyCar Series
2011 United States Scott Anderson U.S. F2000 National Championship, Pro Mazda Championship, Indy Lights

Noted Alumni[edit]

In addition to the Skip Barber National Champions, several drivers currently racing in higher levels of international motorsport have raced, and won, in the Skip Barber National:

  • A. J. Allmendinger (Champ Car race winner, NASCAR Sprint Cup, IndyCar Series)
  • Scott Speed (Formula One, NASCAR Sprint Cup)
  • Alexander Rossi (GP3 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Indycar Series, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner)
  • Gabriel Chaves (Italian Formula Three Championship, GP3 Series, Indy Lights champion, IndyCar Series)
  • E. J. Viso (Formula 3000, GP2 Series, IndyCar Series)
  • Josef Newgarden (GP3 Series, 2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion, IndyCar Series race winner and champion)

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