Skip Barber National Preview – Barber Motorsports Park
Thursday, July 16, 2009 A month after racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park as a part of Mazda Formula X, the drivers and crew of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda head south to Leeds, Ala. and the beautiful and challenging Barber Motorsports Park, joining the Rolex Sport Car Series at the Porsche 250 Presented by Legacy Credit Union for the next rounds of the 2009 campaign.
Entering Rounds 7 & 8 in the championship, the man to beat is second-year National driver Connor DePhillippi. The San Clemente, Calif. driver holds a 21-point lead over second place driver Felipe Polehtto on the strength of four wins, including weekend sweeps at the season opener at Sebring International Raceway and at the most recent event, Mazda Formula X at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Polehtto, another second year Skip Barber National driver has one win so far this season, picking up a victory at VIR in April. Court Vernon hasn’t won yet this season but his consistent finishes have him third in the standings ahead of Brett Smrz, who like Polehtto picked up a win at VIR while splitting time between the Skip Barber National and the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup. Another driver splitting time between two series, Kyle Marcelli rounds out the top five in the standings with two second place finishes and a third while also competing in IMSA Lites. MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development drivers are making good progress this season, with Vernon in third, Dennis Trebing in seventh, Sage Karam in ninth and Jason Toft in 12th in the points.
The weekend kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with back-to-back 20-minute qualifying sessions starting a 4:20 PM and again at 4:40. Race 1 (30 minutes) goes green on Saturday at 1:50 with Race 2 set to get underway Sunday afternoon at 4:45 (all times Central).
Entry list, Rounds 7 & 8, 2009 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Julian Albaracin, 15, Bogota, Colombia
Thomas Bonatz, 21, Birmingham, Ala.
Connor DePhillippi, 16, San Clemente, Calif.
Ashley Freiberg, 17, Homer Glen, Ill.
Sage Karam, 14, Nazareth, Penn.
Robert La Rocca, 21, Delray Beach, Fla.
Isaac Lyons, 20, Hillsborough Down, Ireland
Kyle Marcelli, 19Barie, Ontario, Canada
Stevan McAleer, 24, Glasgow, Scotland
Felipe Polehtto, 20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sean Rayhall, 14, Austell, Ga.
Brett Smrz, 18, Coeur d’Alene, Id.
Dennis Trebing, 17, Cape Coral, Fla.
Court Vernon, 17, Key Biscayne, Fla.
Michael Vincec, 18, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada