Karting Scholarship Shoot-out: Final Entry List
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The list of entrants for this weekend’s 10th annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out at Sebring International Raceway has been finalized. The 49 drivers include the 10 karters – eight of whom are Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by the IRL competitors – who already earned Three Day Racing School scholarships and an automatic invitation to the Shoot-out based on their karting accomplishments in 2006.
The 49 drivers are all vying for a piece of the more than $100,000 in Skip Barber sponsorship awarded to those showing the most talent and aptitude. Following three days of testing and assessment by a panel of hand-picked Skip Barber instructors, the winning drivers will be awarded scholarships to compete in one of the four Skip Barber Regional Race Series and/or the Skip Barber National, the leading pro development series noted for sending dozens of current racing stars up the motorsports ladder (Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger et al.).
These championships are the primary auto racing starting points for the Mazda-powered ladder system: Skip Barber, Star Mazda, then Champ Car Atlantic Powered by Mazda. In the U.S., more karters have made it to the professional auto racing ranks through Skip Barber than any other system.
The Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out, for which the Skip Barber crew is preparing 30 identical Skip Barber Formula 2000 wings-and-slicks race cars, is January 12-15 at Sebring International Raceway. Past Karting Shoot-out winners include A.J. Allmendinger, Scott Speed, Jonathan Goring (the 2006 Skip Barber National champion), Marco Di Leo, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay and a host of others.
Below is the complete 49-driver entry list in alphabetical order, with the 10 pre-nominated karters noted via bold:
Tony Aiello, 17, Revere, Mass.
Brandon Bealer, 17, Coal Valley, Ill.
Ryan Booth, 14, Coral Springs, Fla.
Kristin Braun, 18, Everett, Wash.
Jessica Brunelli, 13, Hayward, Calif.
Alejandro Capin, 15, Mexico City
Gabriel Chaves, 13, Weston, Fla.
Nick Darinzo, 16, Sherman, Conn.
Connor DePhillippi, 14, San Clemente, Calif.
Beau DeBard, 19, Verdi, Nev.
Michael Denino, 17, Gaithersburg, Md.
Tyler Dueck, 20, Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
Tomas Duenas, 19, Miami Beach, Fla.
Bobby Ellis, 15, Ashburn, Va.
Curtis Fox, 16, Bradford, Ont., Canada
Chris Friel, 17, Spring Hill, Fla.
Caleb Hallman, 15, Edmond, Okla.
Steve Hancsarik, 16, Johnston, R.I.
Austin Hopper, 18, Seminole, Fla.
Max Hyatt, 20, Sante Fe, N.M.
Matthew Jordan, 20, Punxsutawney, Pa.
Chris Keller, 18, Green Brook, N.J.
Dale Kistler-Collins, 16, Thornton, Colo.
Sundaresh Kumar, 21, Edison, N.J.
Julia Landauer, 15, Newton, N.J.
Chris Larson, 21, Trinity, Fla.
Kyle Longmore, 16, Camarillo, Calif.
Caleb Loniewski, 20, Michigan City, Ind.
Timmy Megenbier, 15, Melrose Park, Ill.
J.D. Mobley, 15, Castle Rock, Colo.
Jeremy Morales, 16, Glen Head, N.Y.
Eric Morrow, 17, Indianapolis, Ind.
Josef Newgarden, 16, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Jeff Oleen, 16, Bethesda, Md.
Rafael Silva Peres, 15, Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Mexico
Cory Pollock, 18, Murrieta, Calif.
Javier E. Relloso, 21, El Molinito, Cuajimalpa, Mexico
Greg Rempel, 16, Leamington, Ont., Canada
Adam Romito, 21, Opelika, Ala.
Corey Rossman, 16, Lakeland, Fla.
Ryan Rutzinski, 21, Waukesha, Wis.
Doug Schmidt, 16, Treasure Island, Fla.
Everett Sheble, 20, Martindale, Texas
Jordan Taylor, 15, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Nicholas Tonkin, 17, Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
Nolan Waak, 24, Lincoln, Neb.
Yuta Wada, 26, Daytona Beach, Fla.
A.J. Weick, 17, Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Mark Williams, 17, Orlando, Fla.