Two Very Special Skip Barber Races at the Glen

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Monday, June 06, 2005 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – More than 20 top drivers from the Skip Barber Race Series — plus last year’s Daytona Rolex 24 Hour race winner — are entered in two special “Skip Barber Invitational” races at Watkins Glen International this weekend (June 10-12) supporting the Rolex Sports Car Series/Grand-Am Cup ”Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.”

Twelve of the 23 drivers entered into the Watkins Glen Skip Barber events have won races in one or more of the six amateur and/or professional Skip Barber championships.

Also, in what is believed to be a U.S. open-wheel road racing first, a husband and wife — Michele Marden and Murray Marden, of St. Augustine, Fla. — will be competing against each other in both Skip Barber races.

The aforementioned 2004 Daytona 24 Hour winner is Forest Barber (no relation), who won with the no. 54 Kodak EasyShare – Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran Daytona Prototype. (That team is racing this weekend, with Terry Borcheller, Ralf Kelleners and Barber in the cockpit.) “Yep, I’m expecting to have a slice of humble pie,” Barber says with a laugh. “But I love the Glen and I like open-wheel cars [he owns and occasional races a Pro Mazda] so I’m really looking forward to this.”

The first of the two Skip Barber Invitational races at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen is scheduled for Friday, June 10 at 3:25 (qualifying is at 11:40 a.m.); the second is Saturday the 11th at 11:45 (qualifying is 8:20 a.m.).

The Skip Barber Races Series, first organized in 1976, is the leading self-sanctioned amateur open-wheel road racing championship in North America. Series drivers range from professional aspirants as young as 14 years old to amateur racers between the ages of 30 and 60+. Skip Barber Racing’s professional team of mechanics, engineers and staff builds, maintains and transports 65 identically prepared 130 mph Formula Dodge R/T 2000 race cars which the drivers, in essence, lease for each race weekend.

Graduates of the Skip Barber School and Series include about a third of the field in the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series (e.g., Butch Leitzinger, Milka Duno, Elliot Forbes-Robinson et al.), plus other name drivers such as Michael, John, Jeff and Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick, Scott Speed, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bryan Herta and hundreds of others.

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More than 20 of the top drivers from the Regional Series will be racing in front of a big crowd at Watkins Glen.

Entry List: “Skip Barber Invitational” at the Rolex Sports Car Series/Grand-Am Cup ”Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen,” June 9 – 11, 2005

Charles Anti, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sy Aryeh, Bedford, N.Y., Team Juicy Racing, Kensington Int’l
Forest Barber, Ft. Worth, Texas, Feeds the Need Racing
Dario Cioti, River Forest, Ill., DMAC Real Estate, LLC
Roger Cote, Putnam, Conn.
Duncan Ende, Los Angeles, Calif.
Keith Fisher, Hamburg, N.Y., The Fisher Group
Ari Gatoff, Woodmere, N.Y., Bellkey Maint., ARIG Mtrsprt, FMJ Mtsprt
Mike Gomez, Brownsville, Texas, Paul Zube Racing
Todd Hanson, Atlanta, Ga., ActionVideoCams.com
Eddie Hennessey, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dick Lippert, Wichita, Kan.
Keith Lorentzen, Weston, Conn.
Peter Ludwig, New Paltz, N.Y.
Michele Marden, St. Augustine, Fla.
Murray Marden, St. Augustine, Fla.
Alain Roger Matrat, Annapolis, Md., “Les Folies Brasserie” Restaurant
John Mayes, Dallas, Texas, MayesAir, LLC
Jeff Relic, Bainbridge, Ohio, Relic Racing
David Riddle, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Joe Trevino, Atlanta, Ga., Mechanical Jobbers, Protective Liner Systems
Robert Ward, Casselberry, Fla.
Henry Zogaib, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Headquartered in Lakeville, Conn., the Skip Barber Racing School is the world’s largest racing and driving school, operating at close to 30 race tracks across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the Racing School and the Dodge/Skip Barber Driving School, it also owns and operates six prestigious open-wheel racing championships: The Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER; the four Skip Barber Regional Race Series championships (East, West, South and Midwest); and the Skip Barber Masters National. Other components include the Corporate Events department and an innovative Special Projects Group, which as part of its responsibilities is active in the emerging youth/tuner/drifting market. Skip Barber Racing has long-term, synergistic partnerships with the Dodge Division of Daimler-Chrysler; BFGoodrich Tires; and Quaker State. More information is available by calling 860.435.1300, and at www.skipbarber.com.

Rick Roso

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