Skip Barber National Preview – Road America
Monday, August 16, 2010
After a one-year hiatus, the future stars of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National return to Road America in support of the American Le Mans Series and the Time Warner Cable Road Racing Showcase. This weekend, twenty-two drivers will be taking the field at the historic track in Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2010 championship.
Coming into the penultimate weekend of the 2010 season, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Spencer Pigot leads the points. With four poles, two wins and nine top-five finishes in ten races, the Windermere, Fla. driver holds a 21-point advantage over second place Isaac Lyons. Pigot also leads the rookie standings by 46 points over fellow MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Felix Serralles.
Second in points, Isaac Lyons looks to bounce back after a controversial penalty in the last race of the series. After taking the Round 10 victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park, race series officials assessed a 25-second time penalty on the Northern Ireland driver for blocking, taking the win and dropping him to ninth in the official results. With three wins and two poles and eight top-ten finishes, not to mention a victory on this track last year in the Skip Barber Summer Race Series, look for Lyons to be a factor all weekend.
Two drivers who will have fonder memories of The Garden State are Haines City, Florida driver Felix Serralles and Homer Glen, Illinois native Ashley Freiberg, who both scored their first career Skip Barber National victories at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After being the first female driver to win a Skip Barber Race Series overall championship this past winter, Freiberg became the first woman to win a BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Race at NJMP. The wins at New Jersey put both Freiberg in Serralles into a three-way tie for third in the championship with Cape Coral, Fla. driver Dennis Trebing, who picked up wins earlier in the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Sebring International Raceway.
Skip Barber Racing School recently welcomed California Scents and Parathyroid.com on board as contingency award sponsors for the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National. National driver will now compete for the $500 California Scents California Scents Pole Award and $500 California Scents Most Progressive Driver Award. Parathyroid.com stepped up at the beginning of the season with the “Parathyroid.com Winner’s Circle Award”, for the top three points earners at each race weekend; $500 going to the top points earner, $300 and $200 to second and third respectively.
Since 2006, Skip Barber National Champions have continued their racing careers through the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder. 2009 Skip Barber National Champion Connor De Phillippi will race for JDC Motorsports in this year’s Star Mazda Championship courtesy MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development. Other drivers with Skip Barber Racing School ties include current USF2000 championship leader Sage Karam, current Star Mazda championship leader Conor Daly, 2007 Atlantic champion and IZOD Indycar driver Raphael Matos and 2009 Atlantic champion and Rolex Sports Car Series driver John Edwards.
2010 Skip Barber National points standings after 10 of 14 rounds, top 10 drivers:
1. Spencer Pigot, Windermere, Fla., 317 pts
2. Isaac Lyons, Northern Ireland, 296
3. Dennis Trebing, Cape Coral, Fla., 271
-. Felix Serralles, Haines City, Fla., 271
– Ashley Freiberg, Homer Glen, Ill., 271
6. Nick Andries, Pinellas Park, Fla., 265
7. Scott Anderson, Fort Collins, Colo., 234
8. Brandon Newey, Indianapolis, Ind., 215
9. Mukul Sud, India, 210
10. Luis Michael Dцrrbecker, Mexico, 150
Entry list, Rounds 11 and 12, 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Scott Anderson, 21, Fort Collins, Colo.
Nicholas Andries, 19, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Luigi Biangardi, 14, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Pat Daly, 57, New York, NY
Ashley Freiberg, 18, Homer Glen, Ill.
Revere Greist, 36, Madison, WI
Peter Ludwig, 44, New Paltz, NY
Isaac Lyons, 20, Northern Ireland
John Mayes, 47, Austin, TX
Brandon Newey, 17, Carmel, Ind.
Jim Norman, 51, Tampa, FL
Scott Panzer, 52, New York, NY
Spencer Pigot, 16, Windermere, Fla.
PJ Rashidi, 36, Venice, Italy
Felix Serralles, 17, Haines City, Fla.
Bill Skinner, 60, Bear, DE
Brian Skiner, 33, New York, NY
Mukul Sud, 24, India
Matthew Thill, 35, Sheboygan, WI
Dennis Trebing, 17, Cape Coral, Fla.
Quentin Wahl, 64, Santa Barbara, CA
Chris Wilcox, 59, Bridgewater, NJ
Thursday, August 19
Lapping 1: 11:15-11:45am
Lapping 2: 5:10-5:40pm
Friday, August 20
Round 11 Qualifying: 12:00 – 12:30pm
Saturday, August 21
Round 11 of 14, 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, 6:55 – 7:25pm
Sunday, August 22
Round 12 Qualifying, 8:00-8:30am
Round 12 of 14, 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, 12:00 – 12:30pm
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