Skip Barber National Ready to Begin

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Lakeville, Conn. (Mar. 14). After a long winter season, the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda is set to begin Wednesday, March 16, at Sebring International Raceway in conjunction with the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring. The weekend will be host to the first two rounds of the 16 race season. The weekend will be host to the first two rounds of the 16 race season, comprised of eight double-headers.

Throughout the season, drivers will have the opportunity to receive price money as Parathyroid.com and California Scents will return this season as contingency sponsors. The “Parathyroid.com Winner’s Circle Award” will be awarded to the top three points earners at each race weekend; $500 going to the top points earner, $300 and $200 to second and third respectively. California Scents will continue to award $500 for the California Scents Pole Award and $500 for the California Scents Most Progressive Driver Award for each race.

The winner of the championship will receive a scholarship to compete in the full 2012 USF2000 National Championship, the next rung in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder. The champion will also receive an opportunity to test with Bryan Herta Autosport, an Indy Lights team dedicated to working with Skip Barber Racing School in identifying and aiding in the development of young racing drivers.

Entry list for Rounds 1 and 2
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Name, Age, Hometown

Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO
Franco Aragones, 14, Cancun, Mexico
Shelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN
Danilo Estrela, 17, Goiania, Brazil
Patrick Gallagher, 18, Thornville, OH
Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, NJ
Devon Jones, 17, Mooresville, NC
Brandon Newey, 18, Carmel, IN
Thomas McGregor, 19, Saskastoon, Canada
Sebastian Ordonez, 17, Deerfield Beach, FL
Remo Ruscitti, 17, Burnaby, Canada
Mukul Sud, 25, India

Schedule for Rounds 1 and 2
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
8:00-8:25AM Lapping Session #1
1:45-2:10PM Lapping Session #2

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
12:10-12:55PM Practice Session

Thursday, March 17, 2011
8:00-8:30AM Qualifying for Round 1 of 16
1:30-2:05PM Round 1 of 16, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda

Friday, March 18, 2011
8:00-8:30AM Qualifying for Round 2 of 16
12:45-1:20PM Round 2 of 16, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda

2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda schedule
Rounds 1 & 2: March 16-18 at the 12 Hours of Sebring with ALMS
Rounds 3 & 4: April 29-May 1 at Virginia International Raceway with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 5 & 6: May 27-30 at Lime Rock Park with GRAND-AM
Rounds 7 & 8: July 1-3 at Road America with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 9 & 10: July 21-23 at Road Atlanta with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 11 & 12: August 11-13 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 13 & 14: September 9-11 at Autobahn with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 15 & 16: Oct 6-8 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series

Follow the action all season long on twitter.com/SkipBarberNatl and on skipbarber.com

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.

About Parathyroid.com
Parathyroid.com is a multi-media educational website recognized as the leading authority on diseases of the parathyroid glands. Parathyroid tumors are small tumors located in the neck which affect one in 1000 people causing high blood calcium, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, depression, and kidney stones, among other conditions. www.parathyroid.com

About California Scents
California Scents is a manufacturer of high quality air freshening products and has provided consumers with over 17 years of long-lasting fresh scents from exciting and eco-friendly products. California Scents products are available at major retailers throughout North America and are also available in over 65 countries around the world through authorized distributors. Some of the company’s popular brands include; California Scents, Pet Scents, Cool Scents, California Car Scents and Cool Gel. From gels, non-aerosol sprays and fiber pads to car vent clips and odor eliminators, California Scents provides a variety of products to meet any air freshening need. www.CaliforniaScents.com.

About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) debuted in Firestone Indy Lights competition in 2009. Herta, an accomplished racer, garnered Skip Barber Formula Ford, Barber Saab and Firestone Indy Lights championship titles prior to graduating to IndyCar competition in 1994. Amongst his career highlights is a third-place finish in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Newey’s racing career spans over 20 years and includes design and race engineering positions in Formula One and winning the 1992 Champ Car World Series title as the race engineer for Bobby Rahal. He was also instrumental in assembling both the Patrick Racing and Mo Nunn Racing teams.

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