2009 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda – Sebring Preview

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009 SEBRING, Fla. (Mar. 17) – Final preparations are under way for the opening rounds of the 12-race, $350,000 2009 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, being held in support of the 57th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring. 24 drivers representing seven countries will take to the historic 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in central Florida for the first time when Practice opens Wednesday morning, March 18.

The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda is a 12-race professional open-wheel racing series which award its champion a fully funded seat in the following year’s Star Mazda Championship, a value of more than $350,000. The Skip Barber National is part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Open-wheel Ladder System, whose goal is to develop young aspiring race car drivers from karting and club racing, through the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, the Star Mazda Championship and ultimately to The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. 2008 Skip Barber National Champion Conor Daly will make his first start in the Star Mazda Championship this weekend at Sebring International Raceway, joining 2007 Skip Barber National Champion Joel Miller and several Skip Barber Racing School and Race Series alumni in that field. Past drivers in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda include IndyCar drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Raphael Matos and Marco Andretti, 2008 Star Mazda Champion John Edwards, and 2008 Formula BMW Americas Champion Alexander Rossi.

Entry list, Rounds 1 and 2 of 12, 2009 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda

Driver, Age, Hometown, Sponsors
Stevan McAleer, 22, Glasgow, Scotland, McAleer Racing, Tunnocks and Daddy Two Sid Racing
Victor Pedrosa, 21, Davie, Fla.
Felipe Polehtto, 18, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, OMP
Sean Rayhall , 13, Winston, Ga., 1st Action Services, Advanced Environmental, Comprent Motorsports, Motorsports America
Dom Bastien, 63, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Thiago Calvet, 23, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Arrie Maree, 16, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Ian Costa, 19, Danville, Calif., Fremont Bank
Julian Albarracin, 14, Bogota, Columbia AAIC, IDIME, ALBA RACING CAFE
Dennis Trebing, 16, Cape Coral, Fla., MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Trebing Tile
Isaac Lyons, 19, Hillsborough, Ireland Richard and Raymond Lyons
Felix Serralles, 16, Haines City, Fla.
Court Vernon, 16, Key Biscayne, Fla., MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development
Corey Lewis, 17, Nazareth, Penn., Gerhart Scales/Gas Technologies
Matthew Mair, 16, Miami, Fla., Capricorn Racing
Jason Toft, 21, Petaluma, Calif., MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development
Elliot Bachelart, 17, Indianapolis, Ind.
Michael Vincec, 17, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, 2009 Stars of Karting Scholarship Winner, The Decal Zone, Level Ten Communications
Sage Karam, 14, Nazareth, Penn., MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, OSO Fresh, Bell, Alpinestars, ORWIG, The Michael Flux Foundation
Kyle Marcelli, 18, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Brett Smrz, 18, Coeur d’ Alene, Id., Smrz Racing, In Touch Physical Therapy, Wagner Race Products
Ashley Freiberg, 17, Homer Glen, Ill., CDE Collision Damage Experts
Conner De Phillippi, 15, San Clemente, Calif., Oakley, S & K Vending, OC Mazda, Rock View Farms Olympic Powder Coating, Spectrum Collision, Sparco, Justice Brothers Car Care, Teen Road to Safety

Schedule (all times Eastern)
Practice, Wednesday, March 18, 11:55 AM – 12:20 PM
Qualifying, Race 1, Thursday, March 19, 8:00 – 8:25 AM
Race 1, 4:45 – 5:15 PM
Qualifying, Race 2, Friday, March 20, 8:00 – 8:25 AM
Race 2, 12:30 – 1:00 PM


Jim Altemus

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