Six weeks, eight wins, two championships for Scott Anderson
April 26, 2011
Fort Collins, Colo. – Six weeks can be a long time between races, but Skip Barber National driver Scott Anderson made the most of the gap in the schedule with a month of racing on the Skip Barber Regional level. During a four week span the Fort Collins, Colo. driver competed in 12 races in two states in two different types of cars, taking three pole positions and eight wins on his way to two championships and a runner up, all while racking up copious frequent flier miles. Highlights of a very busy racing schedule included:
- March 26-27, Palm Beach International Raceway. After completing the opening weekend of the Skip Barber National at Sebring International Raceway, Anderson headed back to Fort Collins for a few days before jumping on a plane and heading back east to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Palm Beach International Raceway for the penultimate rounds of the 2010-2011 Skip Barber Southern Race Series for the open wheel racecars and MAZDASPEED Challenge for production-based Mazda MX-5 Cup racecars. In six races at PBIR, Anderson notched up a pole with a formula car track record time of 1:29.254 sec., two wins in the MX-5s and a win in Formula Skip Barber racecars.
- April 1-2, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After a couple of weeks in the Florida sun, it was time to jump on an airplane and head west to California and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Western Race Series finale, where he clinched the championship by 11 points over fellow Skip Barber National driver Thomas McGregor. The championship capped a season where Anderson picked up four wins and 10 podium finishes in 12 races.
- April 15-16, Sebring International Raceway. A month after the National opener Anderson returned to central Florida for another go on the 3.7 mile Sebring International Raceway for the Southern Series and MAZDASPEED Challenge finales. Anderson took pole for both race groups, including a Formula Skip Barber track record 2:28.744 sec. While a win in open-wheel wasn’t enough to top McGregor in the championship, a pair of wins in MAZDASPEED Challenge was enough to take that championship.
All told, Anderson finished the three winter race series with a staggering 19 poles, 19 wins and 39 podiums in 56 race starts to go along with his pair of championships and a runner-up.
With the winter racing series wrapped up, Anderson will next turn is attention back to the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, where he is sixth in points after the first two rounds of the season. The season picks up this weekend at Virginia International Raceway, where Anderson will compete in both the Skip Barber National and the opening rounds of the 2011 Skip Barber Summer Race Series.
Virginia International Raceway Just over the North Carolina border in the south central Virginia town of Alton, Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is nearly as long as Sebring International. While a long straight away provides for similar drafting opportunities to the Florida track, VIR presents its own challenges to those who race there.
“VIR is one of my top two or three favorite tracks. It is long and fast but with some tight sections and blind crests. Every corner is a gut check.
The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda visits Virginia International Raceway April 30-May 1 with the Skip Barber Summer Race Series for Rounds Three and Four of the 2011 season. Follow the action at www.twitter.com/altemus_prime.
Who is Scott Anderson? Scott Anderson, 22, enters his second season in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda with experience in karting and SCCA Spec Racer Ford. In addition to competing in the Skip Barber National, Anderson recently wrapped up the 2010-2011 Skip Barber Western Race Series MAZDASPEED Challenge Winter Tour championships and drove on the winning team at the 2010 National Auto Sport Association (NASA) 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Away from the track, Anderson resides and attends college in Fort Collins Colo. Learn more about Scott Anderson at www.scottandersonracing.com.
About the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda is an entry level professional racing championship that conducts 16 races (eight events) around North America. Drivers compete in equally prepared and randomly selected Formula Skip Barber racecars; single-seat open wheel racecars powered by a 150 horsepower engine.
As an integral step in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder, the Skip Barber National Champion will receive a scholarship to compete in a full season of the 2012 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. The winner of the USF2000 Championship in turn receives scholarships to compete in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, a part of the Mazda Road to Indy. 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 ten drivers in the Skip Barber National Series point standings will also receive prizes and awards to aid in the development of their motorsports careers.
Learn more about the Skip Barber National at www.skipbarber.com.
- Jim Altemus | www.altemusprime.com