Skip Barber Summer Series – Road America
There were two races that weekend. You only qualify once and that’s where you start Race #1. Your finish in Race #1 determines where you start in Race #2. I qualified 2nd out of 16 drivers which seemed pretty respectable for my first time. There are many different kinds of people who race in this series – older gentlemen who just want to have a good time doing something they’ve always wished they could do; teenagers like me who are still racing karts; and guys who are in their early 20’s who are hoping to race the National series eventually. It is a cool mix of drivers and everybody treated me so well!
In Race #1, which was a ten lap race on the historic Road America circuit, I got the jump on the outside to take the lead into turn one. I got passed into turn 5 and then I made a gigantic mistake when I locked up both front tires. I went straight off the track into the grass. The rule in Skip Barber is that if you go “four off”, you have to pit for a safety check as you watch all the competition blow by you. I got back on track in dead last and through a hard fought race, worked all the way up to a 5th place finish! It was awesome and I received the award for “Race Rookie of the Weekend” which was pretty cool. Steve seemed to be pretty satisfied with my first race.
In Race #2, I started P5 and got up to 3rd in the first turn. I spent the next 10 laps battling with the top two drivers who were really good. I made a couple of mistakes which caused me to fall back a bit but was still able to hang on to 3rd for my first podium finish! Racing formula cars is awesome and karting definitely help prepare you for that. I had so much fun all weekend. I still have a lot to learn but I plan on continuing karting as well as doing some more Skippy races. Thank you very much to Steve for everything he is doing to help me become the best driver I can be. I hope I’m not driving him too crazy though.