Skip Barber Racing School Congratulates Alexander Rossi on victory in the 100th running of the Indy 500
BRASELTON, Ga. (May 31, 2016) – Skip Barber Racing School is pleased to congratulate Alexander Rossi on his victory in the 100th running of the Indy 500. Rossi was one of 15 Skip Barber Racing School graduates participating in the historic event. Andretti Herta Autosport and Rossi made a strategic decision on fuel that proved critical to the win. The mastermind behind the fuel strategy was none other than Skip Barber Racing School graduate Bryan Herta.
100th Indianapolis 500 Highlights:
- Alexander Rossi wins the 100th Indy 500 racing for Andretti Herta Autosport
- Rossi, Herta and Andretti are Skip Barber Racing School Alumni
- Skip Barber Racing School alumni took 4 of the top 5 finishing positions in Indianapolis this past weekend with Rossi leading the charge
- Rossi is the fourth consecutive Skip Barber Racing School alumnus to win the Indy 500
Rossi came to Skip Barber Racing School in 2006 to compete in the Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout. He won the Scholarship Shootout which afforded him a ride into the National Series.
The National Series, which today is called the Championship Series, is the one of the most important events in grassroots MotorSports. Racers from around the globe come to the Series to learn to race and to earn a chance to win a $200,000 scholarship which will help launch a professional career.
“The reason Skip Barber Racing School was so helpful for me involves the driver coaches that were on every corner of the track,” recalls Rossi at a FIA conference panel discussion in 2015. “They would watch and after each session, they would give you feedback. I think that was a big step for me because there’s an element of trial and error and if you have someone watching in real time, then the rate of progression for you as a driver is exponential.”
The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was a showcase for many other Skip Barber Racing School Graduates – all of the top three finishers got their start at the School, and 5 of the top ten. Skip Barber Racing School continues to be the preeminent choice for future champions in the world of racing.
About the Skip Barber Racing School
Since 1975, Skip Barber Racing School operates a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and special projects across North America. No other organization delivers such a combination of high quality instruction, equipment, facilities and memorable experiences. Skip Barber Racing School is the leader in training motorsport legends of the future through entry-level, equal car championships. The athletes are given media exposure, expert coaching, on-track arrive-and-drive experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Josef Newgarden, Spencer Pigot and many more.
About the Skip Barber Championship Series
The Skip Barber Racing School Formula Championship (formerly “Summer”) Series is a continuation to this pledge to train the next generation of professional racers. With the series offering the most lucrative purse seen in its history, a $200,000 scholarship, the season promises to be competitive with racers traveling the globe to compete. Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Josef Newgarden, Spencer Pigot and many more.
About the Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout
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.