2014 Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout runner-up Dakota Dickerson and 2013 Skip Barber Racing Academy Champion Michai Stephens named as winners of 2015 Team USA Scholarships
In the 25th iteration of the iconic TEAM USA Scholarship, two Skip Barber Racing School alumni have been chosen to represent the United States in the famed Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, driving Ray chassis prepared by Cliff Dempsey Racing and boasting the scholarship’s distinctive and traditional red-white-and-blue colors.
2014 Skip Barber Racing School Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout runner-up Dakota Dickerson, from San Diego, Calif. and 2013 Skip Barber Racing Academy Champion Michai Stephens from Evanston, Ill., were named as winners of 2015 Team USA Scholarships. Following in the footsteps of accomplished Skip Barber Racing School alumni who’ve won the iconic scholarship including Bryan Herta, Spencer Pigot, A.J. Allmendinger, Josef Newgarden and many others, the pair will travel to England this month to further their fledgling racing careers.
“The Team USA Scholarship is an honor, privilege and recognition of what the future might hold,” said Stephens, 23, who returns for a second year after also winning a scholarship in 2014. “Pure passion, an open mind and desire to stand for something greater define what this opportunity has meant to me. Being selected for the 2015 scholarship has put me back in the driver’s seat – a place of developing comfort that has taught me some of life’s greatest lessons. It has and will once again give me the chance to test my mind, body and soul. This experience has yet to compare to anything else in life by developing and refining my belief of the future. Becoming a racing driver is an honest part of my life now . . . A dream come reality!”
Dickerson and Stephens earned their selection following a shootout last month at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to represent the Team USA Scholarship,” added Dickerson,18, who remains in contention for the Skip Barber Racing Summer Series championship after claiming a pair of wins last week at VIRginia International Raceway. “For 25 years now the Team USA Scholarship has helped advance many young drivers’ careers, and to become one of those drivers is an indescribable feeling. I look forward to representing the United States overseas and learning from this great experience. I can’t thank Jeremy Shaw, the RRDC, SAFEisFAST, Doug Mockett, Cooper Tires and all of the supporters of the Team USA Scholarship enough for making this opportunity possible.”
The Team USA Scholarship in 2015 is celebrating 25 years of providing opportunities for American race car drivers.
“This is a big year for our program and I couldn’t be happier with our selections,” said Team USA Scholarship founder and noted auto racing writer/broadcaster Jeremy Shaw. “Even though Michai has raced only infrequently in 2015, he has continued to work hard on establishing the connections that will allow him to flourish in the future. The standard at the shootout was high, as usual, but Dakota and Michai were especially impressive in every aspect.”
About the Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout
The Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout is the largest and single most important event for karters transitioning into race cars. Past winners of Shoot-out awards include A.J. Allmendinger, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ricky Taylor, Jonathan Goring, and Joel Miller. Scholarships are courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development. The Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout is a critical component of the MAZDASPEEDMotorsports Development ladder–a fully integrated motorsports ladder comprised of the Skip Barber Racing School Summer and Winter Series, USF2000, and Star Mazda.