Blancpain GT WC America, Skip Barber announce partnership
By PWC media service | Posted to RACER.com
SRO Motorsports America, the producers of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America championship, and Skip Barber Racing School have announced a partnership naming SBRS the official racing school for the 2019 and 2020 race seasons.
Founded in 1975, Skip Barber Racing School has taught over 300,000 people, including the likes of Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Juan Pablo Montoya and AJ Allmendinger. Under new ownership, SBRS’s system of driving schools and racing schools will continue training and developing aspiring racers.
Through this partnership, SBRS will create a licensing and accreditation process that will ensure racers have met minimum requirements to complete in the Blancpain professional race series. New drivers without a professional license who graduate from the SBRS course will be granted a provisional racing license. In addition, further racing programs will be created to both enhance driving skills and divers’ racecraft.
“Skip Barber Racing School has been the go-to racing school for decades. We’re truly excited to have them join us and provide a baseline for new drivers entering professional racing,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of SRO Motorsports America.
“Working alongside World Challenge is perfect for the team at SBRS. Our demographics are well aligned across the board, from the hard core racer perfecting their techniques, to the casual fan who now gets to participate in one of our driving or racing schools, and everyone in between.” said Dan DeMonte, Chief Marketing Officer.
“As a graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School, I’m thrilled to have such a renowned brand and racing school join our Championships,” said Robbie Montinola, director of Marketing and Business Development of SRO Motorsports America. “Driver education and coaching is highly important to promote better racing and closer competition. We look forward to working closely with Skip Barber to train our current and future drivers in a variety of programs.”
The partnership will span across all three SRO Motorsports America championships — Blancpain GT World Challenge America, GT4 America, and TC America — kicking off at Circuit of the Americas on March 1-3.
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