Skip Barber National: Virginia is for Scott Anderson
May 5, 2011
Fort Collins, Colo. – After a winter of wins and championships in Skip Barber regional racing, Scott Anderson picked up his first career Skip Barber National victory in Round 3 of the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda season at Virginia International Raceway. The Ft. Collins, Colo. driver then settled for second place after dominating Round 4 when a late race bobble left him .025 sec. short at the finish line.
Round 3 Learning their lessons from Sebring (where being quickest in each practice session and picking up a pole left Anderson with few drafting partners) Anderson and driver coach Phil Lombardi worked on a strategy to take advantage of the long straights at VIR.
“Like Sebring, VIR is a drafting track”, said Anderson. “Phil and I worked on a strategy to take advantage of how well these Skip Barber race cars draft on VIR’s long straights.”
Anderson and Lombardi’s plan bore fruit with a 2:06.996 sec. lap to qualify second, five tenths of a second behind pole sitter Sebastian Ordonez.
The first start attempt being waived off after an incident at the back of the pack sent the car of Skip Barber Cup driver Pat Daly over the back of the car of another competitor. After a couple minutes Daly climbed out of his car and was checked out in Medical. When the wreckage was cleared the field formed up behind the pace car and Ordonez led the field to the green.
The race turned into a three-way battle for the lead between Ordonez, point leader Brandon Newey and Anderson. Trying to stretch his lead, Newey out braked himself, going off the road in Turn 1 and dropping to the rear of the field. An incident in Turn 10 on Lap 4 involving Remo Ruscitti brought out the full course caution and the safety car for two laps. Ordonez led when the racing resumed but was passed by Anderson a lap later. On Lap 7 a suspension failure on Sebring race winner Thomas McGregor’s car sent him into the tire wall outside of Turn 15. Skip Barber officials quickly determined that there wouldn’t be enough time to clear McGregor’s car and repair the tire wall so they ended the race two laps early with Scott Anderson picking up the win followed by Sebastian Ordonez and Danilo Estrella.
“Scott drove a great race”, said driver coach Phil Lombardi. “He controlled the pace of the race from the start, drove within himself and let the other driver fight amongst themselves.”
Round 4 Racing with the Skip Barber Regional Race Series presents some unique challenges to the drivers of the Skip Barber National; the biggest being that the schedule requires the National Series to run both qualifying sessions before the first race of the weekend. This meant qualifying on Friday morning. This focus on qualifying first worked to Anderson’s advantage as he scored his second pole position of the season with a 2:06.798 lap, four tenths of a second ahead of Brandon Newey.
From the start Anderson began to pull away from the field and as the cars behind him scrambled for track position he was able to get out to a gap of over two seconds over first Brandon Newey and then Thomas McGregor. Sebastian Ordonez led a lap midway before Anderson retook the point. Once the dust settled the field took off in pursuit of the Anderson. McGregor took the lead at the white flag, with Anderson and Newey giving chase. Anderson drafted past McGregor on the long back straight up to Turn 14, carrying the lead into Turn 17 onto the front straight.
“I had McGregor covered, but I checked up going into Turn 17 on the last lap”, noted a disappointed Anderson after the race. “I lost a little momentum and he was able to pop and pass at the finish line.”
McGregor’s last minute pass gave him the win, his second of the season, by .025 sec., or about a foot, with Newey immediately behind the lead pair for third. The win gives McGregor the points lead by two over Newey while Scott Anderson is now in third, three points behind the leader. Anderson also picked up a third place and a win in the Skip Barber Summer Race Series opener run in conjunction with the National Series.
Next up The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda returns to the track May 26-30 at Lime Rock Park with the Rolex Sports Car Series for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2011 season. Follow the action almost live at www.twitter.com/altemus_prime or www.twitter.com/SkipBarberNatl, or follow the action live on your iPhone with Race Monitor, available at the iPhone App Store:
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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 ###