Skip Barber National: Anderson wins, takes point lead at Lime Rock Park
June 4, 2011
Fort Collins, Colo. – Scott Anderson scored his second win of the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National season with a thrilling last-second pass of Shelby Blackstock at the conclusion of Round 5, held on Saturday of the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. In a reversal of his last race at Virginia International Raceway, where the Fort Collins, Colo. driver came up .025 short of victory, Anderson was on the winning end of a .022 sec. margin of victory. With the win and a second place in Monday’s race, Anderson also assumed the point lead for the Skip Barber National Championship.
Round 5 During Thursday testing, Anderson jumped between two different Formula Skip Barber race cars before settling on a third. Heading into Friday morning’s qualifying session; Anderson and JJRD driver coach Phil Lombardi were still not satisfied with the performance of their car, so they were pleasantly surprised with a 56.272 sec. lap on his first flying lap of the session, a time that would hold up for second behind Trent Hindman’s track record 56.001.
“Qualifying second was a bit of a fluke”, noted Anderson after the run. “I was in and out of cars during the Practice sessions on Thursday. I settled for this car but was never really comfortable with its handling. It just so happened that on my first full lap at the start of the session I caught a bit of a draft at the right time and clocked the 56.272. My times started falling off as the session went on and I never got within a half second of that time the rest of the way.”
At the start, Anderson dropped in behind Hindman and Scott Heckert, with Shelby Blackstock in close pursuit. The top four battled for position while pulling away from the rest of the pack. Hindman led early, with Anderson leading a lap mid way and Blackstock assuming the point late in the race.
Coming to the white flag it was Blackstock followed by Hindman and Anderson.
Coming out of “Big Bend” (Turn 1) Anderson was able get a run on the outside of Hindman and make the pass before the Left Hander to take second. He would continue on to get a run on Blackstock out of the Downhill and nip him at the stripe by .022 sec. for his second win of the season, with Hindman close behind in third.
“Most of the passing I was doing during the race was at or near the start/finish line, so once I got around Trent I knew that if I could catch Shelby by West Bend and get a good run through the Downhill I get by him at the line.”
To accommodate the Rolex Sports Car Series that took to the track for the first time Saturday morning, the Uphill was switched from the traditional high-speed format to the longer, but slower Alternate Uphill layout, adding about three seconds to the drivers’ lap times. Despite continued work and a car that better suited his driving style, Anderson could do no better than 59.960 sec., six-tenths back from pole and only good enough for seventh on the grid for Monday’s race.
“Of the cars I drove this weekend, the car I had for this session felt the most comfortable, probably because it was a little down on power. I couldn’t quite pull up on anyone during the session so I had to settle for seventh.”
Heavy rains overnight at Lime Rock Park led Skip Barber officials to declare a “wet race”, and before the field took the green all cars were switched from BFGoodrich slicks to the treaded tire used by the Skip Barber Regional Race Series. When the field did take the green, Skip Barber Cup driver Peter Ludwig got the jump on Anderson, briefly relegating him to eighth. Before long, Anderson got his wheels under him and he began running the cars in front of him down.
“I had a slow start, but after a couple of laps the field spread out and one by one I was able to pick my way through the field.”
From eighth at the end of the first lap, Anderson got back around Ludwig. Two laps later, he got past Devin Jones and point leader Thomas McGregor and by Lap 8 he was into the Top 5. Anderson got around Brandon Newey and Danilo Estrella on Lap 11, and when Shelby Blackstock spun in Big Bend on Lap 14, he moved up to second place, where he would finish just over 16 seconds back of first time winner Trent Hindman.
With a win and a second place finish, Anderson assumes the points lead in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda by 10 points over Brandon Newey.
“After my slow start at Sebring, having the point lead is comforting”, concluded Anderson. ”I can’t thank my sponsors, Laser Nail Centers and Neuropathy Testing Center of Colorado, along with the people at Skip Barber Racing School and Jonatan Jorge Racing Development, enough for their support. I can’t wait to get to Road America.”
Top Five - 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, after Round 6 of 16
- Scott Anderson, 186 points
- Brandon Newey, -10
- Trent Hindman, -12
- Thomas McGregor, -16
- Sebastian Ordonez, -26
Next up The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda resumes July 1-3 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for Rounds 7 and 8 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.