Skip Barber National Driver Blog: Patrick Gallagher
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Skip Barber National Driver Blog: Patrick Gallagher Tactical Progression
As an aspiring race driver I’m going through the most important years of my career; auto racing is a tough sport, business, and lifestyle. Thankfully there are people out there who are willing to help show young drivers like myself how to progress through the sport. I can say that from my personal experiences that The Skip Barber Racing School is one of the best programs in the world at preparing and equipping young drivers with the skill set and tools to move to the level of competition they desire.
After racing Karts in the WKA I decided that at age 16 it was time to get into a race car full time. I raced some SCCA Club racing and had some good results with it, winning races and championships along the way. After looking at my options and my goals I quickly learned that I needed to make a move into another series in order to progress to where I wanted to be. The Skip Barber Racing School looked to be the best school and racing series to help accomplish my goals.
My first event with Skip Barber was the Karting Scholarship Shootout, it was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, karters came from all over the world to compete for the free racing that would be awarded. Right from the start I could tell that the Skip Barber staff and judges were there to help show us what we needed to improve on and how to do it. This event was a total success for me, I didn’t end up winning any of the scholarships but I learned more in those few days than I have ever learned in a racing weekend. I knew that racing was expensive, but at this event I realized that the Skip Barber Racing School is the best value for money in the motorsports world.
The next step I took with Skip Barber was the first BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda race of the season at Sebring International Raceway. This event was the biggest of my career so far, I went into the race weekend with the goal to progress and learn as much as I could. Through the whole weekend the Skip Barber staff gave me the tools and recourses to keep improving. In the end I didn’t come away with the results that I would have liked, but I gained so much knowledge from running the race weekend with Skip Barber that I now feel like I can compete in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda series and continue to progress towards the front.
I am hoping to secure the funding to do the second BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda weekend at VIR but as of now I am still looking for sponsorship.
The learning experience that Skip Barber has given me is one that I think every young aspiring driver should receive. Many people try to jump up the ladder too soon, I think that anyone who skips The Skip Barber Racing School is missing out on an important part of their training. The Skip Barber Racing School has shown me that they can give you the tools to progress, and be successful in any racing series that you choose.
About the Skip Barber National Series
Dedicated to the development of aspiring race car drivers, the Skip Barber National is an open wheel, entry-level, equal car championship that provides the athletes with media exposure, expert coaching, on-track experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. The Skip Barber National is the series that launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos and many more. The top 10 drivers in the Skip Barber National Series point standings will also receive prizes and awards to aid in the development of their motorsports careers.
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