From November 4 to 6, kart racers from around the world will travel to Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA for the annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout. The annual event invites kart racers to take part in three days of activity on and off track, all under the watchful eye of some of the sports most important, seeking the grand prize: a full season in Skip Barber competition.
Five Canadians on en route to Florida for the event including three drivers from the province of Alberta. Leading the charge, 2013 Western Canadian Rotax Senior Max Champion Skylar Dunning, of Edmonton, will make his car-racing debut. Dunning has had a stellar karting season thus far, and will cap it off after the Shootout when he represents Team Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
“I am very excited not only for the chance of winning a sponsored year in Skip Barber, but for the informative presentations by the Skip Barber staff and motor sport icons. I expect myself to place in the top-five with the ultimate goal of winning the first place prize. I also expect, in the three days, to learn the most out of my 10 years of racing.”
“This will be my third time in a Skip Barber car. I completed the three day racing school (Sebring) and two day advanced school (Road Atlanta) this past year.”
– Skylar Dunning
Also making the trip from Alberta will be Whitney Stevenson and Nolan Ryan, both who race at Stratotech Park.
The final Canadian taking part will be Oliver Cote from Windsor, Ontario. Cote also took part in the karting scholarship shootout last year, finishing fifth and earning $10,000 in Skip Barber money.
The event will put kart racers in equally prepared Skip Barber Racing School cars for a series of on-track sessions. Drivers will also work off track for media and sponsorship training with some industry experts. Over the course of the three day event, karters are evaluated for not only their on-track speed and consistency, but also how they receive and apply feedback and perform off-track.