In addition to the Skip Barber Racing School and the Skip Barber Driving School, the company owns and operates five prestigious open-wheel and Mazda MX-5, equal-car racing championships – four for amateur drivers, one for professional competitors. Its Corporate Events division creates and conducts customer programs utilizing any or all Skip Barber assets, from Porsche 911s to Formula Skip Barber race cars. The innovative OEM Group serves the automotive industry with a variety of unique, specialized skills.
Add to that 150 race cars, 60 street cars, 30 transport and support vehicles and more than 200 dedicated professionals. All working to create thousands of racing and driving, education and entertainment programs.
“When it was time for my kids to go to racing school, we did a lot of research. I believe that they got the most out of the Skip Barber Racing School because the training quality and equipment used is superior and very consistent.”
Skip Barber Racing School LLC
5290 Winder Hwy
Braselton, GA 30517
The Skip Barber Racing School is headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut, United States.
It conducts racing schools, driving schools ("defensive" driving and/or high-performance schools), six separate amateur and professional racing championships and corporate entertainment schools.
It is the largest racing school in the world, and is intended for those intent on racing careers. Barber started the school in 1975 with two borrowed Formula Ford race cars and four students. It uses up to 30 race tracks across the United States and Canada, and owns 120 race cars. The school was affiliated with Dodge until 2006. As of 2007 the school is officially affiliated with Mazda.
Since 1975, Skip Barber Racing operates a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and OEM events across North America.
The Skip Barber Racing School—held at more than 20 race tracks in North America
The Skip Barber Driving School—five different locations
The Skip Barber Race Series is collectively six separate open-wheel, equal-car racing championships—four regional amateur series, a national championship for drivers over 40 (with professional rules), and an entry-level professional national series that awards $100,000 to its season champion.
The Skip Barber National Championship is an entry-level professional racing series that takes drivers to several venues each season, and exposes them to bigger racing markets. Each season's champion earns a $100,000 scholarship to help advance their racing career.
The Skip Masters National Championship is a racing series for drivers over the age of 40 who are looking to race in a professional-level series without becoming full-time professional racers.
The Corporate Events unit creates custom Racing and Driving programs for companies of any size that desire special events to train, entertain, educate and reward.
OEM Events provides specialized automotive-related training, analysis, evaluation, logistics and consultation.
Over 120 racecars: With 60 Formula Skip Barber open-wheel school cars and race-prepped Mazda MX-5 Cup cars for the Racing School and Corporate Events and 60 Skip Barber Formula 2000 racecars for the six racing championships.
More than 75 passenger/street cars: Porsche 911s, Boxsters, Lexus IS-F sedans, BMW M3s, 330i sedans, Mazda3s, MX-5s, and RX-8s for use in the High Performance Driving School, Driving School, and Corporate Events.
30 transport and support vehicles: Ford F-350 pickups and E-350 Econoline vans.
BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series
Barber Dodge Pro Series
Barber Saab Pro Series
For more than 30 years, Skip Barber Racing has operated a fully integrated system of racing schools, driving schools, racing championships, corporate events and OEM events across North America. With more than 200 dedicated and passionate professionals, no other organization delivers the same high quality instruction, equipment, facilities and memorable experiences.
The Skip Barber Racing School—held at more than 20 of the most prestigious race tracks in North America
The Skip Barber Driving School powered by Mazda—five different locations, all at world-famous destination locations
The Skip Barber Race Series is collectively six separate open-wheel, equal-car racing championships—four regional amateur series, a national championship for drivers over 40 (with professional rules), and a prestigious entry-level professional national series that awards $100,000 to its season champion.
The Corporate Events unit creates custom Racing and Driving programs for companies of any size that desire special, exciting events to train, entertain, educate and reward
OEM Events provides unique, specialized automotive-related training, analysis, evaluation, logistics and consultation
201 racecars: With 70 Formula Skip Barber and 61 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecars for the Racing School and Corporate Events and 70 Formula Skip Barber 2000 race cars for the six racing championships, it is the largest racecar fleet in the world.
More than 94 passenger/street cars: BMW 330i sedans, Lexus IS F, Mazda RX-8s, MX-5s and MAZDA3s, and Porsche 911s, Caymans and Boxsters for use in the Driving School and Corporate Events.
10 Karts for use in corporate and group programs.
30 transport and support vehicles: Freightliner Sprinters and Mazda CX-9s. Skip Barber cars and parts are maintained at five base locations around the country. With the largest race car fleet in the world, we can deploy transporters and school staff to tracks nationwide.
The track record:
Our instructional prowess speaks for itself. Since its founding in 1975, Skip Barber Racing has trained more motorsports winners and champions than any other organization of its kind. Skip Barber alumni race and win in every major event and championship, from NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series to Formula One, the Indy 500, American Le Mans, and the IndyCar Series. Since 1983, our Racing School has trained over one-third of all Indy 500 competitors and one-quarter of the current NASCAR Sprint Cup field. Our alumni have won every major U.S. auto racing championship.
John "Skip" Barber, one of a select few Americans to compete in the Formula One World Championship, started racing in 1958 while studying at Harvard University, where he earned a degree in English.
In the mid-1960s, he won three SCCA National Championships in a row and finished third in the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship. Later, Barber went on to win consecutive Formula Ford National Championships (1969 and 1970), a record tied only recently.
When his racing career ended, Barber's belief that auto racing was "coachable" in the same manner as any other sport -- at the time, a distinctly minority position -- led him to create the eponymously named Racing School, and a year later, the equal-car Race Series.
In 1975, with two borrowed Lola Formula Fords and four eager students, Barber started the Skip Barber School of High Performance Driving. In 1976, it was renamed the Skip Barber Racing School and that same year, he created the Skip Barber Race Series.
Within a decade of its founding, Skip Barber Racing became the largest racing and driving school in the world. Barber remains active in motorsports today as the owner and operator of Lime Rock Park, the famous road racing venue in the northwest hills of Connecticut. He lives in the nearby town of Sharon, with wife Judy.
The Skip Barber Racing School website
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