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Skip Barber National: Rnd 3&4 Virginia International Raceway

Internet willing, I'll be keeping you all posted here with the National happenings this week at VIR! But for LIVE updates, go to twitter.com/skipbarber.natl. You do NOT need a twitter to follow (but creating one and following shows support for the series )

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Rounds 3 & 4 Preview: Skip Barber National at Virginia International Raceway

Lakeville, Conn. (Apr. 26). Last month, the 14th season of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda kicked off at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring in March with a new generation of young racers. Following the racing line of drivers like Ryan Hunter-Reay, A.J. Allmendiner, Scott Speed and Raphael Matos, the twelve young Skip Barber National competitors raced hard and clean throughout the double-header weekend. Nineteen year old Thomas McGregor and eighteen year old Brandon Newey were the winners of the weekend, with Newey currently leading the championship by two points.

Now the series heads to Virginia International Raceway for Rounds 3 and 4. Also racing this weekend at VIR will be the Skip Barber Formula Summer Series and Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge. Session times will not be time certain, so keep up with all the action on twitter.com/skipbarbernatl. The first lapping session will take place Thursday, April 28th, and the first official practice session will be Friday, April 29th.

Entry list for Rounds 3 and 4 at Virginia International Raceway, April 29-May 1
Virginia International Raceway, 3.27-mile, 20-turn road course

Name, Age, Hometown, Sponsors
Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO, Laser Nail Centers/Neuropathy Testing Centers
Franco Aragones, 14, Cancun, Mexico
Shelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN, Starstruck Entertainment
Brian Cook, 41, Northhampton, MA
Danilo Estrela, 17, Goiania, Brazil, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Skip Barber Racing School
Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, NJ, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Skip Barber Racing School/Sparco/Racelite Protection/Premier Woodcraft
Devin Jones, 17, Mooresville, NC, Social Distortion/Impact Racing/Racing Electronics
Brandon Newey, 18, Carmel, IN, Bryan Herta Autosport/Sparco/Bell
Thomas McGregor, 19, Saskastoon, Canada, Exclusive Management, Inc./Dairy Queen
Sebastian Ordonez, 17, Deerfield Beach, FL, RDD Motorsports/John Pew/Micheal Auriema/Auto Craze/Oakley
Remo Ruscitti, 17, Burnaby, Canada
Greg Strelzoff, 41, Playa Vista, CA




Championship Point Standings after 2 of 16 Rounds
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
1. 67 pts. Brandon Newey (1 Win, 2 Podiums)
2. 65 Thomas McGregor (1 Win, 2 Podiums)
3. 56 Sebastian Ordonez (1 Podium)
4. 54 Danilo Estrela (1 Podium)
5. 53 Trent Hindman (1 Pole)
6. 51 Scott Anderson (1 Pole)
7. 50 Shelby Blackstock
8. 45 Mukul Sud
9. 43 Remo Ruscitti
10. 43 Franco Aragones
11. 41 Patrick Gallagher
12. 40 Devin Jones


Remaining Schedule
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda

Rounds 3 & 4:
April 29-May 1 at Virginia International Raceway with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 5 & 6:
May 27-30 at Lime Rock Park with GRAND-AM
Rounds 7 & 8:
July 1-3 at Road America with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 9 & 10:
July 21-23 at Road Atlanta with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 11 & 12:
August 11-13 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 13 & 14
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September 9-11 at Autobahn with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 15 & 16:
Oct 6-8 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series

About the Skip Barber National Series
Dedicated to the development of aspiring race car drivers, the Skip Barber National is an open wheel, entry-level, equal car championship that provides the athletes with media exposure, expert coaching, on-track experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. The Skip Barber National is the series that launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos and many more. The top 10 drivers in the Skip Barber National Series point standings will also receive prizes and awards to aid in the development of their motorsports careers.The top 10 drivers in the Skip Barber National Series point standings will also receive prizes and awards to aid in the development of their motorsports careers. The winner of the 2011 championship will receive an Indy Lights test with Bryan Herta Autosport as well as funding to complete in the entire 2012 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda.

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Round 3: Sebastian Ordonez Earns Pole at
Virginia International Raceway

Danville, VA. (Apr. 29). After finishing second in the practice session at Virginia International Raceway this morning, sixteen year old Sebastian Ordonez earned his first California Scents pole position of the season. Ordonez will be leading the field to the green flag tomorrow morning for Round 3 of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda. Scott Anderson will start in second with MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman in third. Current championship points leader Brandon Newey will start in fifth.


Round Three Pole Sitter Sebastian Ordonez
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

UNOFFICIAL Starting Positions for Round 3 of 16
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Virginia International Raceway


1.Sebastian Ordonez (Best time 2:06.462)
2.
Scott Anderson (2:06.996)
3.
Trent Hindman (2:07.173)
4.
Remo Ruscitti (2:07.823)
5.
Brandon Newey (2:07.892)
6.
Franco Aragones (2:07.998)
7.
Danilo Estrela (2:08.017)
8.
Thomas McGregor (2:08.810)
9.
Brian Cook (2:09.137)
10.
Devin Jones (2:09.105)
11.
Shelby Blackstock (2:10.067)
12.
Greg Strelzoff (2:10.295)
Results will be official pending video review.

Follow the action all season long on twitter.com/SkipBarberNatl.

Up Next:
Round 3 of 16, BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by MazdaSaturday, April 30, 2011

About the Skip Barber National Series
Dedicated to the development of aspiring race car drivers, the Skip Barber National is an open wheel, entry-level, equal car championship that provides the athletes with media exposure, expert coaching, on-track experience, financial awards and motorsport scholarships. The Skip Barber National is the series that launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos and many more. The top 10 drivers in the Skip Barber National Series point standings will also receive prizes and awards to aid in the development of their motorsports careers.

About Parathyroid.com
Parathyroid.com is a multi-media educational website recognized as the leading authority on diseases of the parathyroid glands. Parathyroid tumors are small tumors located in the neck which affect one in 1000 people causing high blood calcium, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, depression, and kidney stones, among other conditions. www.parathyroid.com

About California Scents
California Scents is a manufacturer of high quality air freshening products and has provided consumers with over 17 years of long-lasting fresh scents from exciting and eco-friendly products. California Scents products are available at major retailers throughout North America and are also available in over 65 countries around the world through authorized distributors. Some of the company’s popular brands include; California Scents, Pet Scents, Cool Scents, California Car Scents and Cool Gel. From gels, non-aerosol sprays and fiber pads to car vent clips and odor eliminators, California Scents provides a variety of products to meet any air freshening need. www.CaliforniaScents.com.

Follow the action all season long on twitter.com/SkipBarberNatl and on skipbarber.com.
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Thanks Paul! Here's the qual report for Round 4

Round 4: Scott Anderson Grabs Second Pole at
Virginia International Raceway


Danville, VA. (Apr. 30). Sophomore racer Scott Anderson earned his second California Scents pole of the season in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda. Anderson will be leading the field to green tomorrow for Round 4 with championship points leader Brandon Newey starting second and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman in third.

Anderson held the fastest last time for the majority of the qualifying session, in which the rest of the field spread out, running in small groups and working the draft on the 3.27 mile, 20 turn road course. Round 4 will take place tomorrow morning, Sunday, May 1st. Session times are not time certain.

This afternoon, drivers will go green for Round 3 at Virginia International Raceway with Sebastian Ordonez leading the field. Both Ordonez and Anderson earn a championship point for winning the California Scents Pole Award.

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Round Four Pole-sitter Scott Anderson
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

UNOFFICIAL Starting Positions for Round 4 of 16
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Virginia International Raceway


1.Scott Anderson (Best time 2:06.147)
2.
Brandon Newey (2:06.540)
3.
Trent Hindman (2:07.798)
4.
Franco Aragones (2:07.991)
5.
Shelby Blackstock (2:07.179)
6.
Thomas McGregor (2:07.263)
7.
Devin Jones (2:08.277)
8.
Sebastian Ordonez (2:08.445)
9.
Remo Ruscitti (2:09.463)
10.
Danilo Estrela (2:09.494)
11.
Greg Strelzoff (2:10.835)
12.
Brian Cook (2:10.867)
13. Pat Daly (2:09.118)
Results will be official pending video review.

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Up Next:
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Hey guys, here's the report for Round 3. It was a pretty crazy race. I'll go into more detail in the full weekend report, but basically there were a few yellow flags and we checkered the flag early. Both Greg and Pat had some pretty bad contact, but both are ok.

Round 3: Anderson Wins at VIR (Unofficial)
Danville, VA. (Apr. 30). After a chaotic race for Round 3 of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda, Scott Anderson won his first National event today at Virginia International Raceway. Lap one resulted in an incident and a black flag for all stations as the drivers headed to the green, taking Skip Barber Cup drivers Greg Strelzoff and Pat Daly out of the race. California Scents Pole-sitter Sebastian Ordonez led on the restart, but Anderson quickly grabbed the lead. Ordonez and Anderson continued to battle over the top position throughout the race, and several more incidents caused for the event to have an early end.

The win marked Anderson’s first podium of the season, with Sebastian Ordonez finishing in second, his second podium of the season. MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver Danilo Estrela finished third, his second time on the podium this season as well.
Full race report will to follow after the conclusion of the weekend in the Round 3 & 4 weekend wrap up.



Scott Anderson leads the field into turn three
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

UNOFFICIAL Results for Round 1 at Sebring International Raceway
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda


1. (2) Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO
2. (1) Sebastian Ordonez, 16, Deerfield Beach, FL
3. (7)
Danilo Estrela, 17, Goiania, Brazil
4. (3) Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, NJ
5. (11)
Shelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN
6. (10)
Devin Jones, 16, Mooresville, NC
7. (6) Franco Aragones, 14, Cancun, Mexico
8. (5)
Brandon Newey, 18, Indianapolis, IN
9. (9) Brian Cook, 41 Northampton, MA
10. (8) Thomas McGregor, 19, Saskastoon, Canada
11. (4) Remo Ruscitti, 17, Burnaby, Canada
12. (12) Greg Strelzoff, 41, Playa Vista, CA
13. (13) Pat Daly (late addition)

Fastest Lap: Shelby Blackstock (2:07.603/ 92.255)
Track Conditions: Warm and sunny

Results will be official pending video review.
Next Up:
Round 4 of 16 of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda tomorrow afternoon.

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Correction. Those results are for round 3 at Virginia International Raceway, not sebring. Serves me right for multitasking.
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Ted, here's the correct address: http://twitter.com/#!/SkipBarberNatl
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Round 4: McGregor Claims Second Win of Season at VIR (Unofficial)


Danville, VA. (May 1). After suffering from contact and not being able to finish Round 3 of the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda, Thomas McGregor returned to take the win for Round 4 at Virginia International Raceway. The twelve lap race started with Scott Anderson in the California Scents Pole Position, but after a short time, McGregor became a serious contender for the lead. The pair, along with Sebastian Ordonez and Brandon Newey fought hard and worked the draft to exchange the lead several times throughout the event.
Pole sitter Scott Anderson finished second, 0.025 seconds behind McGregor and Brandon Newey finished out the podium. Round 4 marked the third Skip Barber National podium for both McGregor and Newey, and the second podium for Anderson this season.
Results will be official pending video review. Full race report will to follow after the conclusion of the weekend in the Round 3 & 4 weekend wrap up. Stay tuned to twitter.com/skipbarbernatl for minute-by-minute updates.



Thomas McGregor
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)


UNOFFICIAL Results for Round 4 at Virginia International Raceway
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda

1. (6) Thomas McGregor, 19, Saskastoon, Canada
2. (1) Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO
3. (2)
Brandon Newey, 18, Indianapolis, IN
4. (8)
Remo Ruscitti, 17, Burnaby, Canada
5. (3)
Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, NJ
6. (10)
Sebastian Ordonez, 16, Deerfield Beach, FL
7. (5)
Shelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN
8. (4)
Franco Aragones, 14, Cancun, Mexico
9. (7) Devin Jones, 16, Mooresville, NC
10. (9) Danilo Estrela, 17, Goiania, Brazil
11. (12) Brian Cook, 41 Northampton, MA
12. (11) Greg Strelzoff, 41, Playa Vista, CA

Fastest Lap: Franco Aragones (2:06.741/ 92.882)
Track Conditions: Warm, dry and cloudy



Remaining Schedule
2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda

Rounds 5 & 6: May 27-30 at Lime Rock Park with GRAND-AM
Rounds 7 & 8: July 1-3 at Road America with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 9 & 10: July 21-23 at Road Atlanta with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 11 & 12: August 11-13 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 13 & 14
: September 9-11 at Autobahn with Skip Barber Regional Series
Rounds 15 & 16: Oct 6-8 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series
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Hey Paul,

I can and will do that but have to leave within the hour to Boston for the next three days so I'll have to delay my crushing word count.

In a nut shell my first regional race I started ninth and was working with Brian Cook to stay with the lead pack of kids when my engine went south or the throttle cable stretched and I didn't have full song. This happened two thirds of the way through the race and I had enough pace to maintain my position to the finish. I was given a gift at the end when I believe Franco A. knocked Greg S. off track so I finished 7th instead of 9th.

Instead of doubling I jumped into the back of the national race and came down the hill with the field and saw what looked and sounded like the same kind of start I'd experienced an hour earlier in the regional. Pace car pulled in and we all went to full power. What I didn't anticipate was the front row suddenly slowing to a crawl that quickly packed up the field in front of me. People were slowing and popping right and left to avoid contact but I was seeing the pops as normal race start maneuvering so I kept my foot in it. Like a line drive hit right at a center fielder, it was hard to perceive the speed changes happening as the field stacked up.

By the time I perceived trouble and locked up the brakes Greg was already slowed trying to avoid the guy in front of him and my left front hit Greg's right rear. I was going 83mph and Greg was down to 40mph. My left front flew off and forward bouncing off of Brian Cook's roll bar. My car then mounted and launched over the back of Greg's getting big air while turning sideways to the right and landing hard on it's left side knocking me unconscious then barrel rolling high enough not to knock off Mike Marino's roll bar camera. My car disassembled itself magnificently and the video reveals I came to rest right side up pointing at the end of the garage's with me unconscious and right foot on full throttle with the engine bouncing off the rev limiter. Greg jumped out and ran up waving for help. About 40 seconds had now passed and Greg reached in and turned off the motor. Gerardo sprinted up removed the nose and disconnected the battery and checked my feet. The VIR medical people were also quickly on the scene where they removed my helmet and put me in a neck brace before removing me from the car. I was transported to the VIR medical center and then the hospital where I was given a cat scan and evaluation. Julia, MHP and Gerardo came to the hospital and could not have been more vigilant or supportive. After a few hours of observation I was released and returned to have a pleasant dinner with Jim Craige, Greg Strelzoff and Things one thru six at the Oak Tree Tavern

I have a concussion that will take a couple of weeks to recover from so I didn't participate in any other races this weekend...

The kids on the front row were talked to and penalized points for what happened. Obviously this is a teaching series and they weren't trying to create a dangerous situation but it happened. I got caught out because it didn't fit the pattern of any race starts I'd been involved with and the pattern of pops looked like race start pops, not emergency stop pops. No one put a hand up that might have tipped me off that something else was going on and I hadn't factored in the age and experience of the guys at the front.

I need to thank the VIR medical team, Julia, MHP, Gerardo the hospital doctor and staff and everyone (and I do mean everyone) at Skip Barber from mechanics to instructors and administrators who have expressed nothing but love and support through this unusual event.

I attended the drivers meeting for the 2nd National race where the event was discussed at length. We all had a group hug before the start where Bob Ziegel and I asked them to make us proud and I drove the pace car for the start. Race two was hard fought, nose to tail the whole time with brilliant driving that was thrilling to watch. They did indeed make us proud.

Wish I'd been battling with them but I will take credit for leading them to the start.

Looking forward to WGI!
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Hey Paul,

I can and will do that but have to leave within the hour to Boston for the next three days so I'll have to delay my crushing word count.

In a nut shell my first regional race I started ninth and was working with Brian Cook to stay with the lead pack of kids when my engine went south or the throttle cable stretched and I didn't have full song. This happened two thirds of the way through the race and I had enough pace to maintain my position to the finish. I was given a gift at the end when I believe Franco A. knocked Greg S. off track so I finished 7th instead of 9th.

Instead of doubling I jumped into the back of the national race and came down the hill with the field and saw what looked and sounded like the same kind of start I'd experienced an hour earlier in the regional. Pace car pulled in and we all went to full power. What I didn't anticipate was the front row suddenly slowing to a crawl that quickly packed up the field in front of me. People were slowing and popping right and left to avoid contact but I was seeing the pops as normal race start maneuvering so I kept my foot in it. Like a line drive hit right at a center fielder, it was hard to perceive the speed changes happening as the field stacked up.

By the time I perceived trouble and locked up the brakes Greg was already slowed trying to avoid the guy in front of him and my left front hit Greg's right rear. I was going 83mph and Greg was down to 40mph. My left front flew off and forward bouncing off of Brian Cook's roll bar. My car then mounted and launched over the back of Greg's getting big air while turning sideways to the right and landing hard on it's left side knocking me unconscious then barrel rolling high enough not to knock off Mike Marino's roll bar camera. My car disassembled itself magnificently and the video reveals I came to rest right side up pointing at the end of the garage's with me unconscious and right foot on full throttle with the engine bouncing off the rev limiter. Greg jumped out and ran up waving for help. About 40 seconds had now passed and Greg reached in and turned off the motor. Gerardo sprinted up removed the nose and disconnected the battery and checked my feet. The VIR medical people were also quickly on the scene where they removed my helmet and put me in a neck brace before removing me from the car. I was transported to the VIR medical center and then the hospital where I was given a cat scan and evaluation. Julia, MHP and Gerardo came to the hospital and could not have been more vigilant or supportive. After a few hours of observation I was released and returned to have a pleasant dinner with Jim Craige, Greg Strelzoff and Things one thru six at the Oak Tree Tavern

I have a concussion that will take a couple of weeks to recover from so I didn't participate in any other races this weekend...

The kids on the front row were talked to and penalized points for what happened. Obviously this is a teaching series and they weren't trying to create a dangerous situation but it happened. I got caught out because it didn't fit the pattern of any race starts I'd been involved with and the pattern of pops looked like race start pops, not emergency stop pops. No one put a hand up that might have tipped me off that something else was going on and I hadn't factored in the age and experience of the guys at the front.

I need to thank the VIR medical team, Julia, MHP, Gerardo the hospital doctor and staff and everyone (and I do mean everyone) at Skip Barber from mechanics to instructors and administrators who have expressed nothing but love and support through this unusual event.

I attended the drivers meeting for the 2nd National race where the event was discussed at length. We all had a group hug before the start where Bob Ziegel and I asked them to make us proud and I drove the pace car for the start. Race two was hard fought, nose to tail the whole time with brilliant driving that was thrilling to watch. They did indeed make us proud.

Wish I'd been battling with them but I will take credit for leading them to the start.

Looking forward to WGI!

Wow pat, first off, glad to hear you are doing okay and that no serious injuries occurred! This almost reminds me of the story you told me of your 1st big crash at Laguna a couple years ago! Glad to see you are well!!! I have live feed to my phone of the race from twitter and when i read before the race started there was a crash on the front straight and the race was black flagged... i had no idea what could of happened!!! Again, glad to see u are okay! Also, if u do have footage of the incident, it would be a great tool to show the many scenarios that can happened on the start of the race!!!
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Pat, so glad the outcome wasn't even more serious, but what you experienced was horrifying enough. Looking forward to seeing you at the Glen (where the young'uns can't play).

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Holy crap Pat, I didn't realize it was such a serious shunt. You are very fortunate to escape with a concussion. That being said, hopefully you have a substantive treatment plan in place and a good neurologist monitoring your case. I will acquiesce to my learned friends in the medical profession as to their thoughts in this regard, however having just had a niece work through a concussion from an auto accident, I know the road to complete recovery can be lengthy (not trying to alarm you, I am just concerned).

I am looking forward to your crushing word count from the weekend and to seeing you at the Glen. Be well my friend!!!!
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Pat, thanks for the summary of your harrowing experience, and I truly am glad that you are ok. Don't forget to add a new helmet to your list of Father's Day gifts. Yours is likely compromised from your VIR incident.
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"Iron Man DalyDuo tests extraordinary strength of Skippy Formula car frame at VIR." Even tough as nails, experienced drivers like Pat can have unusual events unfold in front of them. What Pat taught me from this event was that our safety gear is all important. From the car itself to all of our personal gear we should all remember to check and tighten, then check and tighten again before each race. Because of Pat's experience he did these things and I for one am SOOOO glad he did. Now I still have a very fast racer to continue to chase and continue to dream of catching. Glad your OK!!!
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Wow Pat, glad you are A OK. Sounds like a hairy "start". Your point about hands waving in the air I think is one that deserves highlighting. Something so simple can alert to those behind and really get them to broaden their sights and pick up on the danger. It's a great habit to get into and there are SOOOO many situations where it can really help to keep others safe. As racers we really need to help look out for one another out there. Again, glad you're well and recovering from your bell ringin Pat..
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Re: Skip Barber National: Rnd 3&4 Virginia International Raceway

Rounds 3 & 4: Skip Barber National at VIR Wrap Up





Lakeville, CT. (May 4). With Rounds 3 and 4 completed at Virginia International Raceway, this was the first time on the 3.27 mile track for several of the young drivers. Heading into the weekend, 18-year old Brandon Newey held a two point lead over 19-year old Thomas McGregor, but by the end of the weekend, McGregor advanced to claim the top position with a two point lead. After a difficult race in Round 3, the drivers returned to put on another great race event in Round 4 of 16. The series next races May 27-30 in conjunction with Grand-Am at Lime Rock Park.



Oak Tree Corner: (l. to r.) Danilo Estrela (80), Brian Cook (76), and Franco Aragonez (75)

(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

Round 3

Round 3 got off to an uneasy start as the field was finishing the pace lap. In an effort to find the right speed to start the race, the front of the field unexpectedly slowed, forcing the back of the field to check up. This caused Skip Barber Cup drivers Greg Strelzoff and Pat Daly to have contact, resulting in Daly launching over the back of Strelzoff’s car, rolling, then landing right side up. The race was immediately black-flagged and all the cars came to a stop on the back straight. Both drivers involved in the incident were unable to continue and inspected and cleared by medical staff at Virginia International Raceway.

The race officially started with ten laps to go, and after exiting turn one, Scott Anderson grabbed the lead from California Scents pole sitter Sebastian Ordonez. Anderson quickly increased his lead with Brandon Newey and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman fighting to stay close behind. Newey stayed close and grabbed the lead, while further back, Skip Barber Cup driver Brian Cook spun, went four wheels off track, and continued.

Heading into turn four, Newey and Hindman had slight contact, but both continued. In the next turn, Newey went off course, but again was able to continue back on track. Just a few turns later in the esses at VIR, Remo Ruscitti and Shelby Blackstock became involved in some close racing, resulting in Ruscitti going off course and the race going back to yellow.

For the third time in the session, Sebastian Ordonez led the field to the green flag, gaining a two car length lead. Scott Anderson wasted no time in making a pop for the lead, and Thomas McGregor followed, with Ordonez back in third and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Danilo Estrela in fourth. McGregor’s day came to an unfortunate end when he went four wheels off course into the wall at turn fifteen. This course of events caused the officials to black flag the race, ending the session early. At the wave of the checker flag, Scott Anderson held first position, with Sebastian Ordonez and Danilo Estrela rounding out the top three.



Ordonez and Anderson, Pre-Race Grid, Round 3

(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

OFFICIAL Results for Round 3 at Virginia International Raceway

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1. (2) Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO

2. (1) Sebastian Ordonez, 16, Deerfield Beach, FL

3. (7) Danilo Estrela, 17, Goiania, Brazil

4. (3) Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, NJ

5. (11) Shelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN

6. (10) Devin Jones, 16, Mooresville, NC

7. (6) Franco Aragones, 14, Cancun, Mexico

8. (5) Brandon Newey, 18, Indianapolis, IN

9. (9) Brian Cook, 41 Northampton, MA

10. (8) Thomas McGregor, 19, Saskastoon, Canada

11. (4) Remo Ruscitti, 17, Burnaby, Canada

12. (12) Greg Strelzoff, 41, Playa Vista, CA

13. (13) Pat Daly (late addition)

California Scents Pole Award: Sebastian Ordonez (2:06.462)

Fastest Lap: Shelby Blackstock (2:07.603/ 92.255)

Track Conditions: Warm and sunny

Race Length: 22:25.586

Margin of Victory: 0.028 seconds

Lap Leaders: Scott Anderson 1; Brandon Newey 2-3; Newey 4-6; Anderson 7-8

California Scents Most Progressive: Shelby Blackstock



Round 3 Podium: (l. to r.) Brian Cook - Master, P3 Estrela, P1 Anderson, P2 Ordonez

(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

Round 4

The second race of the weekend fared far better than the previous, starting with Round 3 race winner Scott Anderson leading the pack to the green flag. With the momentum of the previous day’s race win, Anderson swiftly created a five car length lead over Newey and the rest of the field. Starting third, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman worked his way up to battle side-by-side for second with Newey. Fellow MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Danilo Estrela and Brian Cook both went four wheels off course but avoided contact and continued.

Meanwhile, Thomas McGregor and Shelby Blackstock also battled for third position, a battle McGregor won. These battles allowed for Anderson to continue extending his lead. McGregor then made a pop on the front straight for second position over Newey. With the side by side battles over, McGregor, with Newey, Blackstock, Ordonez and Remo Ruscitti in tow, were able to creep back up on the race leader. McGregor, Ordonez and Anderson went three wide for the lead in turn one, resulting in Ordonez grabbing the top position. His lead was short lived, as shortly after in the lap, Anderson quickly regained the lead. For the next several laps, Anderson and McGregor traded the lead back and forth, battling hard and close.

Meanwhile, Newey and Hindman fought over third position. The top seven cars raced nose-to-tail as the white flag waved, with McGregor leading. McGregor held the lead to the checker, earning his second win of the season with Anderson and Newey finishing second and third.



Round 4: McGregor (59) and Ordonez (49) fighting for position

(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

OFFICIAL Results for Round 4 at Virginia International Raceway

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1. (6) Thomas McGregor, 19, Saskastoon, Canada

2. (1) Scott Anderson, 22, Fort Collins, CO

3. (2) Brandon Newey, 18, Indianapolis, IN

4. (8) Remo Ruscitti, 17, Burnaby, Canada

5. (3) Trent Hindman, 15, Wayside, NJ

6. (10) Sebastian Ordonez, 16, Deerfield Beach, FL

7. (5) Shelby Blackstock, 21, Nashville, TN

8. (4) Franco Aragones, 14, Cancun, Mexico

9. (7) Devin Jones, 16, Mooresville, NC

10. (9) Danilo Estrela, 17, Goiania, Brazil

11. (12) Brian Cook, 41 Northampton, MA

12. (11) Greg Strelzoff, 41, Playa Vista, CA

California Scents Pole Award: Scott Anderson (2:06.147)

Fastest Lap: Franco Aragones (2:06.741/ 92.882)

Track Conditions: Warm, dry and cloudy

Race Length: 25:48.719

Margin of Victory: 0.025 seconds

Lap Leaders: Scott Anderson 1-5; Sebastian Ordonez 6; Anderson 7-9

California Scents Most Progressive: Thomas McGregor



Round 4 Podium: (l. to r.) Brian Cook - Master, P3 Anderson, P1 McGregor, P2 Newey

(Photo: Kelly Brouillet, Courtesy of Skip Barber Racing School)

Parathyroid.com Most Cumulative Points Winners:

1. Scott Anderson

2. Sebastian Ordonez

3. Thomas McGregor

Championship Point Standings after 4 of 16 Rounds

2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda

1. 122 pts. Thomas McGregor
(2 Win, 3 Podiums) Exclusive Management, Inc./Dairy Queen

2. 120Brandon Newey (1 Win, 3 Podiums) Bryan Herta Autosport/Sparco/Bell

3. 119 Scott Anderson (1 Win, 2 Poles, 2 Podiums) Laser Nail Centers/Neuropathy Testing Centers

4. 114 Sebastian Ordonez (1 Pole, 2 Podiums) RDD Motorsports/John Pew/Micheal Auriema/Auto Craze/Oakley

5. 107 Trent Hindman (1 Pole) MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development/Sparco/Racelite Protection/Premier Woodcraft

6. 105 Danilo Estrela (2 Podiums) MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development

7. 100 Shelby Blackstock Starstruck Entertainment

8. 92 Remo Ruscitti9.90 Franco Aragones

10.87 Devin Jones Social Distortion/Impact Racing/Racing Electronics

11. 45 Mukul Sud

12. 41 Patrick Gallagher CTL Engineering/Promotion Driver Development

Skip Barber Cup

1. 70pts Brian Cook

2. 64 Greg Strelzoff

3. 30 Pat Daly





Remaining Schedule

2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Rounds 5 & 6: May 27-30 at Lime Rock Park with GRAND-AM

Rounds 7 & 8: July 1-3 at Road America with Skip Barber Regional Series

Rounds 9 & 10: July 21-23 at Road Atlanta with Skip Barber Regional Series

Rounds 11 & 12: August 11-13 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series

Rounds 13 & 14
: September 9-11 at Autobahn with Skip Barber Regional Series

Rounds 15 & 16: Oct 6-8 at Lime Rock Park with Skip Barber Regional Series






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