2016 Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout

Top karters from all over the world are gathered to compete in the annual Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout for scholarships toward the Skip Barber Race Series.

You can download the application here: Karts to Cars Scholarship Application

You can download the rulebook here: Karts to Cars Rule Book

Introducing the 2015 Karts to Cars Winners:

  • 1st place: Bayley Mickler
  • 2nd place: Sting Ray Robb
  • 3rd place: Andre Castro

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All accepted entrants must meet the following requirements:

Minimum eligibility:

1. Current outdoor or indoor karting experience

2.One Skip Barber 3 Day Racing School

3. Participants must be at least 13 years old

These experiences must be completed prior to the days prior to the Shootout. Indoor experience must be approved by instructors/race series staff. 

Maximum eligibility:

1. No car racing racing experience (club OR professional)
2.Maximum of 2 Race Weekends in the Skip Barber Race Series

3. Participants must be at least 13 years old
4. Maximum of 12 advanced activity days from the 2015 to 2016 Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout

Already Competed in a Previous Karts to Cars Scholarship? 

For Applicants who have already completed a Skip Barber 3-Day Racing School or who have already participated in a prior Skip Barber Racing School Karts to Cars Shootout, they are still eligible if they also complete either an Advanced 2-Day Racing School OR 2 Lapping Days. These programs must be completed prior to event day.

2016 Shootout Date & Location: Palm Beach International Raceway, 1/22/2017 – 1/23/2017

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 MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder–a fully integrated motorsports ladder comprised of the Skip Barber Racing School Summer and Winter Series, USF2000, and Star Mazda.

2016 Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout Awards:

The awards for this year’s competition are as follows:

  • 1st Place: Full Season in the 2017 – 2018 Skip Barber Winter OR Championship Race Series
  • 2nd Place: $15,000 Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
  • 3rd Place: $10,000 Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship

How does the Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout work?

All Shootout sessions are conducted in equally prepared Formula Skip Barber race cars, set up as they are used in our Race Series (please note that karts are not utilized during the Shootout). Preparation is vital, so entrants are allowed to enroll in Skip Barber Racing School Advanced Activities programs prior to the Shootout, but can only participate in a maximum of 12 days to remain eligible for this event.

Media and sponsor relations training are also including during the event. Over the course of the three day event, karters are evaluated for not only their on-track speed and consistency, but also how they receive and apply feedback and perform off-track.

Even if you don’t win a scholarship, you will come away from the K2C Shootout with an incredibly valuable experience. You’ll learn what it takes to be fast in a race car and build a plan for a career in the motorsports industry. Nowhere in the world – except at Skip Barber Racing School – will you find three days of fully coached seat time in a winged, open-wheel sequential gearbox race car for only $3,000.

Bryan Herta Career Enhancement Scholarship

Skip Barber alumnus and IndyCar Team owner Bryan Herta supports the Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship event with the extension of the Bryan Herta Career Enhancement Scholarship Award. Herta chooses a deserving driver who he finds to be the most passionate, driven, and talented. For more information click here

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