09.04.2012 - Skip Barber Racing School 2012 Karting Scholarship Shootout

skip barberWinner to Recieve a Full Season Scholarship with Skip Barber's Race Series

BRASELTON, Ga. – In 2011, karters from all over North America competed in the 16th annual Skip Barber Racing School  Karting Scholarship Shootout. This fall, October 15-17, the  17th Annual Karting Scholarship Shootout  travels to the historic Virginia International Raceway to showcase the world's most talented karters and help in the next step in their racing carreer.

For an entry fee of $3,000, the next generation of racecar drivers will have the opportunity  to learn about racing open-wheel formula cars, what it takes to be a complete  driver and to compete for scholarships for the 2013 Skip Barber Racing School race season. Observed by a panel of motorsports experts, fifty karters will be coached as they go through a series of tests both on and off the racetrack.

The expert panel will evaluate each driver on

                On-track Performance
                Off-Track Presentation & Business Plan
                Effective Listening and Ability to Apply Feedback

Participants will also take part in the following seminars:

                Media Training
                Driver Development
                Physical Fitness

 Competitors will also gain exposure from the event, with constant media coverage of the shootout.

The Karting Scholarship Shootout is exclusively for karters with no professional auto racing experience and no Skip Barber Racing School race event experience. Racers who do not meet the requirements below can elect to participate in the Skip Barber Racing School Summer or Winter Race Series to qualify for the Championship Shootout which will be held at Road Atlanta on December 14-16, 2012.

By limiting the field to strictly karters, Skip Barber Racing School returns to the core commitment of providing scholarship opportunities for karters to advance to professional racing via the Skip Barber Racing School ladder and also the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder. An integral part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder and the Mazda Road to Indy, Skip Barber Racing School allows racers to  advance through its system of race schools and race series with the possibility  of earning scholarships to move up to the next level at the conclusion of each championship.

The winner of the Karting Scholarship Shootout will receive a full scholarship to compete in the full 2013 Skip Barber Race Series of their choice. The other top four drivers will receive scholarship funds to compete in 2013 Skip Barber Race Series events. At the end of the year, competitors of the Race Series will have the opportunity to participate in the Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout, with the grand prize being a scholarship to compete in the full USF2000 race season funded by Mazda. The Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout is also open to all racers who have taken part in four (4) Skip Barber Racing School race weekends in the calendar year leading up to the shootout. The cost of entry is $8,500.

Karting Scholarship Shootout Awards:

1st place: Full Season in the 2012 or 2013 Skip Barber Winter or Summer Series presented by Mazda.

2nd place: $25,000 Race Series Scholarship
3rd place: $20,000 Race Series Scholarship
4th place: $15,000 Race Series Scholarship
5th place: $10,000 Race Series Scholarship

*All scholarships funds are spread out over each race event throughout the course of the 2013 season, and cannot be applied to only a few select events. Prizes are non-transferrable and the awards are subject to event rules, available on our website.

Minimum eligibility:


Maximum eligibility:

1) Current outdoor karting experience


1) No Professional racing experience

2) Skip Barber Racing School 3 Day Racing School, or two Advanced Activity days prior to Shootout.


2) No Skip Barber Racing School racing experience



3) Participants must be at least 13 years old and cannot be more than 25 years old at the date of the shootout



4) Maximum of 12 Advanced Activity days (not racing) from the 2011 to 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout

About Skip Barber Racing School
For 37 years, Skip Barber Racing School LLC, the leader in high performance driving and racing education has operated a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and OEM events across North America. Skip Barber Racing School is offered at more than 20 of America’s most prestigious racetracks. Skip Barber Racing School provides entry-level, equal car championships. The athletes are given media exposure, expert coaching, on-track arrive and drive experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. The reason many people choose to race with Skip Barber Racing is because they know it is the place where the stars of tomorrow begin their careers. The Skip Barber Racing School launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Jeff Gordon, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, Spencer Pigot and many more.

Skip Barber Racing School is the Official Racing School of the IZOD IndyCar Series.