Skip Barber Signs 15-Year Lease with Sebring

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006 LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Aug. 22) – Skip Barber Racing School LLC announced today the signing of a new, long-term lease agreement with Sebring International Raceway that will extend the company’s presence at the venerable racetrack.

The agreement runs through April, 2016, with an option for an additional five years. The company currently operates its popular Driving School, Racing School and Race Series at Sebring seven months out of each calendar year.

‘‘Sebring has been the Southern home of Skip Barber since 1985, and our new agreement with the Raceway is the longest we have ever negotiated,’’ said George Ayres, president and chief operating officer of Skip Barber Racing School LLC. ‘‘We are Sebring’s largest tenant in terms of track days booked and programs conducted, and are extremely pleased to be continuing this great relationship.’’

‘‘Skip Barber and Sebring are two names synonymous with motor racing worldwide,’’ stated Sebring President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. ‘‘This new agreement benefits both organizations and solidifies a successful relationship that goes back more than 20 years.’’

As part of the agreement Sebring will complete important facility improvements for Skip Barber customers and staff, including new classrooms and the renovation of approximately 20,000 feet of garage and shop space.

Skip Barber will also continue its tradition of conducting an open-wheel support race for the renowned Mobil 1 12-Hours of Sebring, which kicks off the 2007 American Le Mans Series season Saturday, March 17. The lease agreement sanctions a 10-year extension for the Skip Barber Race Series support race, which has run at Sebring since 1992. ‘‘To perform in front of the Sebring crowd during the 12-Hour weekend is pure excitement for our drivers,’’ said Ayres. ‘‘We are thrilled to continue our association with this prestigious event.’’

Headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut, Skip Barber Racing School LLC is the leader in motorsports education and entertainment, employing more than 200 team members in five base locations at Lime Rock Park, Conn.; Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.; Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.; and Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The racing and driving schools are offered at more than 20 tracks nationwide. A fleet of 150 racecars, 100 production vehicles and 12 transporters supports the retail schools, Corporate Events and OEM Events business units. For more information, visit or call 800-221-1131.www.skipbarber.com

Sebring International Raceway is America’s premier sports car racing facility. Located among the orange groves and cattle ranches of central Florida, it is the oldest permanent road racing track in North America, evolving from a World War II B-17 training base. Sebring is world famous for the annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, part of the prestigious American Le Mans Series. Sebring International Raceway is owned by the Panoz Motorsports Group, whose founder, Dr. Don Panoz, revived the famous Sebring circuit in 1999 by initiating a multi-million dollar enhancement program. The track is active 365 days a year with automotive testing, club events, race series, racing schools, corporate events and other activities. For more information, visit www.sebringraceway.com

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Among the multitude of programs Skip Barber conducts at famous Sebring is its annual Karting Scholarship Shoot-out. This is the January 2006 group that vied for more than $100,000 in racing sponsorship.

Dan Hubbard

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