Skip Barber Preview - Road Atlanta key to Anderson’s championship aspirations
July 19, 2011
Fort Collins, Colo., – After dodging a bullet at Road America, Skip Barber National driver Scott Anderson heads into Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2011 season this weekend at Road Atlanta with a slim two-point lead in a championship that is quickly turning into a three-horse race between himself, Brandon Newey and Trent Hindman.
New to the Skip Barber National this year is the point drop, where each driver will subtract their two lowest finishes from their point tally. While some quick math shows that by dropping each driver’s two lowest finishes from the first eight events, Anderson’s lead doubles to four points, Anderson isn’t yet ready to focus on the end game.
“Before too long we will have to start looking at the points and how the drops will affect the standings. For now, I’m focusing on winning poles and races. Win races and the points will take care of themselves.”
The Skip Barber National and Regional Race Series make their first visit of the season to Braselton, Ga., home of Road Atlanta and soon-to-be corporate headquarters for the parent Skip Barber Racing School. With its combination of high and low speed corners, technical elements and long, fast straights, Road Atlanta has long been a driver favorite. This is no different for Anderson.
“Road Atlanta is a very challenging track that has a little bit of everything, has a great flow, and should favor drivers who are fast on their own, rather than those who can play the draft best. The faster drivers should be able to stay up front while the slower drivers might have a harder time making their way up there.”
Anderson continued, “Like Road America, it will be hard for anyone to break away; the long back straight, front straight, and high speed portions make it easy for slower cars to use the draft to hang with the pack, just not quite as easy to be in the front.”
The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda will run a Thursday to Saturday schedule this weekend at Road Atlanta, with Round 9 Qualifying on Thursday afternoon (stand alone Skip Barber National Race Weekends are not time certain). Follow the action with live timing and scoring on your iPhone with Race Monitor, available at your smart phone App Store. You can also follow the action semi-live on www.twitter.com/SkipBarberNatl or www.twitter.com/altemus_prime.
Top Five – 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda, after Round 8 of 16
- Scott Anderson, 246 points
- Brandon Newey, -2
- Trent Hindman, -12
- Thomas McGregor, -29
- Danilo Estrela, -40