KART/BARBER: Karting Scholarship Nominees Announced

KART/BARBER: Karting Scholarship Nominees Announced

Post by pr.. » Thu, 05 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Skip Barber Announces Karting Scholarship Nominees

LAKEVILLE, Conn. - The Skip Barber Racing School has announced the
nominees for the 2nd Annual Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship
program.

        The $150,000 Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship is part of the
annual $1 million Skip Barber scholarship program that helps young,
talented drivers progress from Karting to the CART FedEx Championship
Series.  Karting scholarship recipients will receive a season of
competition (value of approximately $25,000) in the Skip Barber Formula
Dodge Race Series, the largest open-wheel amateur championship in North
America.

        The field of 16 drivers was nominated by the World Karting
Association (WKA) and the International Karting Association (IKF). The
nominees will go through a five-day evaluation process (a Three-Day Skip
Barber Racing School and two lapping days) to determine the winners of
four Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarships.

        The nominees for the Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarships are:
Phillip Carlson of Gallup, N.M.; Kevin Christensen of Castaic, Calif.;
Brian Conner of Martinez, Ga.; Shawn Gray of Putnam, Conn.; Joey Hand of
Sacramento, Calif.; Ryan Howe of Temecula, Calif.; Jason LaPoint of San
Francisco, Calif.; Patrick Long of Oak Park, Calif.; Jonathan Marcri of
Gormley, Ontario; Kyle Martin of Carrollton, Texas; Brandon Miller of
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Mike Rolison of West Linn, Ore.; Bryan Sellers of
Centerville, Ohio; Tophie Stewart of Carmichael, Calif.; Jonathan Strohm
of Wildwood, Mo.; and Chad Turner of Bakersfield, Calif.

        The Formula Dodge racecar utilized in the Skip Barber Formula
Dodge Race Series is ideal for developing driver skill. The Formula Dodge
can generate 1.2 g of cornering force and is powered by a four-cylinder
Dodge engine tuned to produce 130 horsepower.

        This year's recipients of the Skip Barber Racing Karting
Scholarships made a big impact in their first Formula Dodge Race Series
seasons. Michael Valiante of Vancouver, British Columbia recorded 11
victories in 14 starts and captured the Formula Dodge Midwest Series
championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay of Boca Raton, Fla. posted six victories
and finished fifth in the Eastern Series while Eric Jones of Granger, Iowa
(three victories) and Phil Giebler of Oxnard, Calif. (four victories)
finished eighth and ninth respectively in the Midwest Series.

        The Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship program is open to any
kart racer. For more information about the program please call Hollis
Brown at (702) 260-6355 or (805) 256-7223.