Announcing the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge class within the 2014 SCCA Pro-Racing MAZDA MX-5 Cup

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Braselton, GA (December 5, 2013) – Skip Racing Racing School is excited to the announce the schedule for the 2014 Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge. The Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge is a professional racing series designed to launch the career of talented sports car drivers. In its third season racing alongside the Mazda MX-5 Cup, a talented pool of Skip Barber Racing School graduates and Skip Barber Winter and Summer MAZDASPEED Challenge Race Series alumni will compete for take another step up the professional racing ladder to the Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Registration for the series is now open at 800.221.1131. The full season price starts at $65,000 with options available to limit a driver’s liability for crash damage. Single race seats are also available. Drivers will compete in equally prepared and maintained Skip Barber Mazda MX-5 Cup cars.

2014 MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Prizes

1st Place
$75,000 Scholarship from Mazda for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup
One (1) set of racing slicks per race
Entry Fees for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup

2nd Place
Full Season in 2015 MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge

3rd Place
Half a season in 2015 MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge

The 2014 MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Schedule

March 12-14 Rounds 1 & 2 Sebring International Raceway with Tudor United SportsCar Championship
May 2-4 Rounds 3 & 4 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Tudor United SportsCar Championship
June 27-29 Round 5 & 6 Grand Prix of Houston with IZOD IndyCar Series
July 11-13 Rounds 7 & 8 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with Tudor United SportsCar Championship
August 8-10 Round 9 & 10 Road America with Tudor United SportsCar Championship
October 1-3 Rounds 11 & 12 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta with Tudor United SportsCar Championship

Meet the 2013 Winner

kenton and the girls_cropKenton Koch, 19, from Glendora, California had a dominant season in the 2013 MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge. Pictured left with the Playboy girls after winning the final round of the season at Road Atlanta. Koch won 9 of the season’s 11 races.

“The year couldn’t have gone better, and the Skip Barber mechanics put together a great car,” said Koch after the final race. “I am so grateful to the Mazda team and Skip Barber Racing School for this opportunity to do what I love.”

Koch worked his way through the Skip Barber Racing School system starting in the Skip Barber Formula 2000 car. He moved from the 2010 Karting Scholarship Shootout over to the MAZDASPEED Challenge in 2012 using the scholarship system to its fullest.

About Skip Barber Racing School Race Series

For 38 years, Skip Barber Racing School LLC, has been the leader in training motorsport legends of the future through entry-level, equal car championships. The athletes are given media exposure, expert coaching, on-track arrive-and-drive experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Spencer Pigot and many more.

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