Rounds 15 & 16 Preview With autumn looming in the distance, the competitors of the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda journey to the Northeast to Lime Rock Park for the final two rounds of the season. With a grand prize of a scholarship for the full 2012 season of the Cooper Tires Presents USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda, pressure will be at an all-time high for points leader and sophomore racer Scott Anderson, who currently holds a 10 point lead over MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman. Seven points behind Hindman sits Brandon Newey, another sophomore determined to win the title.
After a rocky season, Sebastian Ordonez will bring with him the momentum of a race win in the previous Round at Autobahn Country Club. He currently holds fourth in the championship in front of Shelby Blackstock, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Danilo Estrela and Franco Aragones.
To make the championship more equal, at the conclusion of the final Round, drivers will have their two worst finishes dropped from the total points calculations. As with every race weekend, to ensure a more equality, the cars are tested then tuned prior to each race weekend to perform within a specific performance window then weight-equalized to account for the size and build of each driver in the field.
The Skip Barber National racers will be racing in conjunction with the Skip Barber Summer Formula Series and the MAZDASPEED Challenge. Session times will not be time certain, so keep up with all the action on twitter.com/skipbarbernatl. The first practice session will take place Thursday morning, October 6th, 2011 at roughly 9:00am.
Entry list for Rounds 15 and 16 at Lime Rock Park Name, Age, Hometown, SponsorsScott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO, Laser Nail Centers, Neuropathy Testing Center of ColoradoFranco Aragones, 14, Cancun, MexicoShelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN, Starstruck EntertainmentBrian Cook, 41, Northampton, MADanilo Estrela, 18, Goiania, Brazil, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, FIAMotorsport Safety Development Fund, Skip Barber Racing School, Thomas Merrill MotorsportsTrent Hindman, 16, Wayside, NJ, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, FIAMotorsport Safety Development Fund, Skip Barber Racing School, Sparco, Racelite Brandon Newey, 18, Carmel, IN, Bryan Herta Autosport, Sparco, BellSebastian Ordonez, 16, Deerfield Beach, FL, RDD Motorsports, John Pew, Michael Auriema, Auto Craze, OakleyGreg Strelzoff, 41, Playa Vista, CA
Top 10, Championship Point Standings after 14 of 16 Rounds2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda1. 438pts Scott Anderson (4 Poles, 5 Wins, 10 Podiums)2. 428 Trent Hindman (5 Poles, 3 Wins, 8 Podiums)3. 421 Brandon Newey (1 Pole, 2 Wins, 10 Podiums) 4. 379 Sebastian Ordonez (4 Poles, 2 Win, 5 Podiums) 5. 367 Shelby Blackstock (2 Podiums)6. 354 Danilo Estrela (3 Podiums)7. 267 Thomas McGregor (2 Wins, 3 Podiums)8. 164 Franco Aragones 9. 135 Devin Jones10. 92 Remo Ruscitti
Championship Point Standings after 14 of 16 Rounds2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber Cup 1. 140pts Peter Ludwig2. 105 Brian Cook3. 64 Greg Strelzoff4. 30 Pat Daly