Pete was chief instructor at the Brands Hatch Racing School in England for 11 years. A one-time British Formula Ford champion, as a factory FFord driver for Royale he set a lap record at Hockenheimring in the European championship and won the ‘‘Kentagon’’ FF title based at Brands Hatch… In the U.S., Pete won the IMSA Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in a Porsche, and in Grand-Am set a track record at Homestead and won at Watkins Glen… In 2007, he’s entered into the Grand-Am Koni Challenge series with Regional Race Series stand-out Tim George, Jr. … Pete’s father Cameron Argetsinger was founder of road racing at Watkins Glen (1948) and first brought the U.S.G.P. there in 1961.
Pronounced “STEFF-on ba-STRICK-ee”… A Skip Barber instructor since 1995, Stephan’s also taught for Saab, Bentley, Volvo, Chevy, Jaguar, BMW, the Alfa Owner’s Club and Ford… Like many of our instructors, he’s done a bunch of TV and film work: Stunt driver for Nickelodeon television shows and NESN’s Wait ‘Til This Year movie about the Red Sox… From 2000 to 2003 Stephan raced in SCCA World Challenge and was noted as the fastest qualifier of all the Honda drivers. Before that he was a race winner and two-time championship runner-up in SCCA IT and S Showroom Stock.
Rich has been racing successfully since 1983 and won the GT4 championship in SCCA Regional competition twice in three years. Also raced professionally for two years in what’s now called the SPEED World Challenge.
Still successfully climbing the motorsports ladder, Joe started out by winning the 2003 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out, then immediately impressed by winning the Skip Barber Southern Series championship (seven wins in 12 starts)… Moved into the National and was quickly a top-five finisher. After Joe won another Skip Barber scholarship, he graduated to British and European Formula Ford; in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival, he scored one of the best finishes for an American in the long history of the event, fourth in the final… With all his race wins overseas (including Formula Renault), Joe went into Champ Car Atlantic in 2006 and scored six top-10 finishes and set a lap record at Portland.
A lifelong student of racing, ‘‘Stevie D.’’ entered his first SCCA race in Wentzville, Mo., 1963 A.D. More than 30 years behind the wheel, more like 40 if you count stealing the keys at night. First “legit” competition was in 1976, with his killer ’69 Datsun 510… Two-time SCCA Midwest Division Champion in GT-4 and GT-5… Met Chief Instructor Terry Lee Earwood when co-driving with Dorsey Schroeder in the IMSA Firehawk street-stock wars in the mid-80s. The rest as they say, is history. ”I’ve been sliding down that long slippery slope ever since!” … Won a bunch of Firehawk races, but one of the best was in 1988 when, co-driving with Earwood in a Dodge Daytona – the first time that model was raced — they beat everyone despite starting DFL (engine management issues in qualifying). Dodge ran a full page ad in USA Today: ‘‘First Race, First Place.’’
Rick was an autocrosser of note before enrolling in a Skip Barber Three Day in 1987… He was a regional SCCA GT-1 champion in 1989, the 1993 American Sedan champion, a veteran of three Rolex Daytona 24 Hours (third in GT in 2000), and raced for nearly a decade in SPEED World Challenge, where 40 percent of his finishes were in the top 10… Rick has done a bunch of TV stunt work, including SPEED TV’s ‘‘Test Drive with Tommy Kendall.’’
Chief Instructor, Southern Region… Terry is the winningest driver in the history of the Firestone Firehawk Endurance Series (which became Grand-Am Cup/Koni Challenge)… 1996 Touring National Champion… It was Terry Lee who brought Driving School curriculum to Skip Barber in 1984, based on a curriculum he designed for the Georgia State Police… He started racing years ago, but it wasn’t road racing — it was drag racing. He was the 1973 NHRA Super Stock National Champion (in an SS/EA 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda)… Numerous Drag Racing National and Regional event wins, three Regional autocross championships… Inducted in the NHRA Southeastern Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1996 and the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame, in 2002.
Tommy, brother of Jon Fogarty, the two-time (’02 and ’04) Formula Atlantic champion, is a great teacher who’s been racing and winning in karts, sedans and open-wheel since the early 1990s, including campaigns in pro Super Vee, Star Mazda and Barber Dodge… Ask him what he knows about aircraft – and wine.
A long time instructor at Road Atlanta, Joe joined the Skip Barber corps in . He has experience in everything from karts and formula cars to Daytona Prototypes, and is currently a star driver in Koni Challenge.
Matt is another of a big handful of Skip Barber instructors who started their racing careers in the Regional Race Series and then, thanks to their speed, experience and teaching ability, joined the company as invaluable assets… ‘‘HazMatt,’’ owner of a successful wholesale and retail auto parts business, has always been the one to beat in any Race Series event he’s in.
Bryan started out karting and was a two-time IKF 4-stroke Junior Class Champion… Twice he won the track championship at Lakeport Speedway in California… By 1990, Bryan was NASCAR Southwest Tour Rookie of the Year – and won the Southwest Tour championship in 1997 (Bryan still holds three NASCAR Southwest Tour records)… One of the biggest races every year out West is the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International; Bryan won the Southwest Tour race there, in 2003, passing Kenny Schrader with less than 20 to go.
Bob Green is a twenty-year veteran with Skip Barber Racing School on manufacturer, dealership, driving and racing school programs, which he considers his greatest racing accomplishment. He won the first race he entered on a frozen lake, crewed for a decade on dirt oval, Sprint car and Modified teams, raced in the SCCA and now shares his SBRS duties with Lime Rock Park as pace car driver. Bob is director of the not-for-profit, ‘SurvivetheDrive’ organization and has presented assemblies to 120,000 high school students. He is an SAE member and has presented at MIT, in Vienna, Austria, museums and other conferences.
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‘‘MHP’’ has a wealth of open-wheel racing experience, mainly in the cutthroat racing wars of Europe… Mark was England’s Formula Vauxhall-Lotus Wheatcroft Challenge champion in 1990 and the following year, he was the top American in the British Formula Vauxhall-Lotus championship… Racing in the Formula Ford 2000 series in Canada in 1992, he was again the leading American driver… MHP races a wide variety of cars in vintage racing, too.
Chief Instructor, Eastern Region… Jason, a British-Canadian, was starring in karts at age 9 and as a teen won the Canadian Senior National Championship, among a host of other karting titles… Moved up to the exciting 250cc superkarts before heading to Formula Fords, then Formula Atlantic. By the late 1980s Jason was racing in the professional Atlantic Series in the U.S. and consistently finished races in the top 10 despite limited campaigns. Also has some NASCAR Busch East race experience.
Bruce was one of the most accomplished Formula Ford racers ever. He was a two-time pro FF champion, and was twice named Formula Magazine’s ‘‘Driver of the Year’’… At one point, Bruce held 18 track records… Bruce famously won the wet and wild Can-Am race at Lime Rock Park in 1985… He’s also a three-time winner of the notoriously tough ‘‘Longest Day at Nelson Ledges’’ race… A great teacher, Bruce has taught and nurtured an incredible amount of racing talent in his long service with Skip Barber… He’s a whiz at creating one-off engineering marvels, and is a light airplane pilot of considerable skill.
Thomas won his first kart title in 1998 when he was just 11, and took six straight. At 16, he won his first regional championship — making it back to back the next year. To top that off, he went on to take back-to-back national titles in 2005 and 2006. 2006 and 2007 were spent racing formula cars in SCCA and the Pacific F2000. Thomas clinched the Rookie of the Year award as well as 3 pole positions, 2 wins, second in the championship in his first and only season with the F2000 championship. In 2008, he made the transition to Grand Am with PR1 Motorsports, campaigning a Pontiac GXP.R in the GT class. In 2010, he made his second appearance at the 24 Hours of Daytona, again with PR1, for Dinan BMW in an M6. Thomas has been instructing and driver coaching since 2005.
Benny began racing at 10, winning numerous karting championships in his early years, and at the 2004 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out, Benny was awarded the biggest prize, a paid season in the Skip Barber National. That year he won four SBN races – three more than champion Marco Andretti… Benny has an extensive background in racing Formula Ford, Formula Mazda, Formula Renault, Ford Focus Midgets and even stock cars. In 2007 Benny raced Late Model Stock Cars at the All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., for Bill McAnally Racing.
Cassius has been teaching at Skip Barber since 1991 and like most racers, he ran karts as a kid, mostly on dirt tracks such as Williams Grove, the racing hotbed west of Philadelphia. Cassius was the local champion twice in three years, in fact… In his first race car event, a Showroom Stock race at Lime Rock, Cassius finished third. Soon he won the SCCA Mid-Atlantic SSC title, and also went on to win in Formula Ford and qualified more than a few times for the National Run-off… Cassius has been wrenching since he was 16 and so it’s no surprise he owns a 10-bay Bosch Service Center.
John is not only a NASCAR Busch East competitor, but was also a National SCCA Atlantic race winner and champion… John was also the SCCA Northeast Regional champion in Formula Continental in the late 1990s.
Jim’s racing C.V. is particularly impressive… He’s won the Daytona 24 Hours twice – once Overall (GTP) and once in class (GTU)… He’s also twice won the Sebring 12 Hour: Overall in GTP and also in Camel Lights… Jim was the 1994 IMSA GTU champion, and he’s raced at Le Mans… Jim was the Race Series Rookie of the Year in the late 1980s, and he also won races in the ultra-competitive Barber Pro Series.
Spencer went from a rookie in the Eastern Race Series to Daytona 24 competitor in three years and by 1999 he finished inside the top 10 in GT3… In 2006, Spencer and his co-drivers won the Daytona 24 Hour in GT – and was the 2006 championship runner-up in Grand-Am Cup, including a win at Phoenix.
Ray’s love for cars started with an auto mechanics class in high school. He got involved in motor sports in 1988 and has been racing, teaching, and providing instruction as well as facilitation since 1990. Ray has raced within the Skip Barber Race Series and the 24 Hours of Mexico. His best racing accomplishment is a last lap pass at Sebring 12 hour course going from 4th place to take the win. His passion for motorsports His passion for motorsports and training new drivers, both on and off track drew him to Skip Barber Racing School, and he has been an instructor with us since 1990.
Cliff was successfully racing in the Midwest Series in 1999 when he got a last-minute phone call to substitute for a suddenly ill Skip Barber instructor at an OEM event. And he’s been instructing ever since… Cliff moved into SCCA Formula Mazda after his multiple wins in SBRS competition and qualified for the 2003 Run-offs. In the race, he started DFL but rocketed up through the field and won the “Hard Charger” Award… For nearly his whole working life, Cliff’s been a ski instructor, too.
Rob is one of those instructing stars within the Skip Barber system who’s done it all: Race Series winning driver, mechanic, crew chief, school manager, regional chief instructor, computer car/data acquisition specialist – Rob’s done it all… In addition to Skip Barber cars, Rob’s raced IMSA showroom stock, Formula Ford, Formula Mazda, Mexico Super Formula. In 1994, he finished second in the SCCA PCRRC (Pacific Coast Road Racing Championship).
Everybody pronounces Rocket Boy’s last name ‘‘STEW – ing,’’ but it’s really ‘‘STEE – wing.’’ Regardless, R.B. is another SBRS superstar who’s done it all, from starting as a mechanic to winning the Eastern Series championship. R.B. has had everyone from Paul Newman and Tom Cruise to Tommy Lee and Meat Loaf as racing school students… He’s done stunt work for TV and movies, too.
Peter raced and won in a lot of Race Series events in the early 1990s… He and his two co-drivers won the infamous 24-hour ‘‘Longest Night’’ race at Moroso in the ITS-class a few years ago.
Born in the United States to a family with strong roots in Canada, René grew up in the U.S.A, Canada and France. Following his dream René started racing in 1987 when he attended the Spenard-David Racing School in Canada run by Richard Spenard – a popular and former teammate of Gilles Villeneuve in Formula Atlantic… Since then, René has raced a multitude of cars, from FF1600 and Barber Saab to F3, endurance touring cars and big-bomber Corvette C5-Rs – even Caterhams and million-dollar vintage Ferraris – all over the world… Helping to fund his racing in the early years, René was the stage- and production-manager for a number of Beach Boys tours.
Travis has been an SCCA sports car frontrunner for nearly 20 years, beginning with Solo II autocrossing in the early 1990s. By the mid-90s he was winning titles in D Sports Prepared and Improved Touring C. By the late 90s Travis was winning in Showroom Stock C and B (he holds the SSB record at Lime Rock). A couple years ago, he even tried his hand at SCCA and NASA rallying – and started winning immediately.
Keith has raced everything from late-model dirts and A.S.A. to Formula Fords and Barber-Reynards, and has won a lot of races in the Race Series… Keith is also a much-in-demand “driver for hire” in vintage sports car racing… He is often the pit lane coordinator, an extremely important job during Race Series weekends.
Beginning his racing life as a Jim Russell mechanic at the old Riverside Raceway, before long he was winning races… In 1988 Kris finished second in the Formula Mazda series – and was named Rookie of the Year. He won the Horizon Driver Search in 1993 which got him a paid ride in USAC/SCCA Formula Ford 2000. He finished fifth in the championship in 1993 and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors… By the mid-1990s he was in the Firehawk Showroom Stock series and in his first year, won five races (and yes, was named Rookie of the Year!)… Recently Kris has been racing ALMS and Grand-Am prototypes and since 2004 has been competing in Grand-Am Cup… Kris is noted as one of the test drivers for the Racing School and the Race Series.
Bob has been closely associated with Skip Barber Racing since, well, the very beginning! He won the first-ever Race Series event (Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway, 1976) and a look at his mantle would show not only an astounding 100+ wins but also an Overall Championship, three Masters titles, at least 15 years of race and championship finishes in the top three… Bob was the 1970 SCCA New England and NARCC Formula Ford Champion… Babson College Sports Car Club Driver of the Year, 1962-63… Bob took the pole at the SCCA Runoffs in 1967 in his MGA vs Bob Sharp and his factory-sponsored Datsun.