2007 Skip Barber National Schedule Published

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Major new award for series champion
12 of 14 races to support notable motorsports events
Introduction of Masters Division championship-within-a-championship
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Skip Barber National series has released its 2007 schedule, a seven-weekend, 14-race championship that opens mid-March at the Mobil 1 12-Hours of Sebring. Six of the seven National events – there are two 30-minute races per weekend – are in support of big spectator shows: one with Champ Car, two with Grand-Am, one with ALMS, a NASCAR Busch East round and one with the emergent NASA street stock series.

Also, as part of the just-announced long term partnership between Skip Barber Racing and Mazda North American Operations, the 2007 champion of the Skip Barber National will be awarded a full season in the 2008 Star Mazda Championship – a significant increase in value from the $100,000 Career Enhancement Award of years past. And arguably the single most valuable reward offered by any development series in the world.

Todd Snyder, vice president of racing for Skip Barber, said, ‘‘The National already has a solid reputation for introducing and developing star talent to the racing world,’’ citing A.J. Allmendinger, Scott Speed and Marco Andretti as the most recent proof. ‘‘Drivers succeeding on the Mazda ladder that now starts with Skip Barber, stepping up to Star Mazda and then the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, is an incredibly efficient, not to mention exciting, system for developing the next generation of racing stars.’’

In addition, for the first time in the National’s nine-year history, there will be a separately scored Masters championship for drivers 40 and older (similar to the Star Mazda system). Details on the Masters Division title bonus and prize fund will be published soon.

Soon: Further announcements from the Skip Barber National regarding a new series sponsor and season-end prize funds.

2007 Skip Barber National schedule
Seven double-race weekends

Rounds 1 & 2, March 14-16, Sebring International Raceway with American Le Mans Series
Rounds 3 & 4, April 26-29, Virginia International Raceway with Grand-Am
Rounds 5 & 6, June 22-24, Cleveland Grand Prix with Champ Car World Series
Rounds 7 & 8, August 3-5, Road America with National Auto Sports Association
Rounds 9 & 10, August 16-18, Lime Rock Park with NASCAR Busch East
Rounds 11 & 12, September 14-16, Miller Motorsports Park with Grand-Am
Rounds 13 & 14, TBA

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A.J. Allmendinger, a Champ Car star — and soon to be a Nextel Cup standout — has said his choice of entering the Skip Barber National in 2001 was critical to his success.

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Marco Andretti (c.), John Edwards (r.) and Jonathan Summerton (l.) on the podium after a Skip Barber race in February 2003. All three are in various stages of rising stardom.

Rick Roso

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