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Skip Barber and Derek Daly Academy Partner Up

10/16/2010

Nobelsville, IN and Lakeville, CT – The Derek Daly Academy and Skip Barber Racing School are pleased to announce the creation of a new partnership. Effective immediately, Skip Barber Racing School will become the first Trusted Partner of the Derek Daly Academy as the Official Racing School. The Derek Daly Academy becomes the Official Driver Development and Environment Management partner for Skip Barber Racing School providing onsite support by Derek Daly himself at several SBRS events in 2010, 2011 and beyond. The first event will be the 14th annual Skip Barber Karting Shootout being held at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca on December 3rd - 6th, 2010. That event will be followed by the opening round of the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda and a mid season date, TBD.
“This is a great opportunity for Skip Barber Racing School to add value to our long history of training some of the most successful drivers in the U.S.,” comments Michael Culver, CEO of Skip Barber Racing School and former World Cup ski racer. “Derek has developed a great complementary program and we are excited that Derek will be working with our National instructors to enhance driver development and prepare our drivers for the next level. This partnership underscores how much we recognize that driver development goes far beyond what a racer learns on the track.”

Skip Barber Racing School provides an important first step on the Mazda Motorsports Development Ladder. Derek Daly and Skip Barber provide time proven learning and education integrated into a highly competitive environment with the help of great partners Mazda and BFGoodrich. Skip Barber racing programs range from 3-day license courses to advanced driving programs, to regional and national “arrive & drive” racing, all suited to the weekend enthusiast and to future racing stars.

DDA sees a great fit with Skip Barber, as they take young racing athletes from karts into the world of car racing. DDA looks to guide racing drivers through the Champions Pyramid and work with many of today’s top rising motorsports athletes to become the best they can be in their sport and career. Not a traditional Academy, DDA looks to break mould and works directly with drivers where they race and when they race.

“Skip Barber is a great fit for what we do at DDA,” comments Derek Daly, owner of the Derek Daly Academy. “We are taking drivers through a proven system of learning that places them in a position to be the best they can be. Skip Barber is that important first step and offers incredible value to racers. Having Skip Barber as our Official Racing School partner is fantastic.”

Derek Daly, Formula 1 and Indy car Driver, Best-Selling Author and Professional Speaker founded DDA in 1996. The focus for DDA is developing new driver talent and guiding prospective athletes through the transition from kart racing to car racing and beyond. The current focus for DDA is junior formula car racing in North America.

For 35 years, the Skip Barber Racing School 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.

For more information on the Skip Barber Racing School contact either Todd Snyder at tsnyder@skipbarber.com or Michael Culver at mculver@skipbarber.com or call 800.221.1131. Please be sure to check out the website at www.skipbarber.com and join the mailing list.

For more information on the Derek Daly Academy contact Derek Daly at Derekdaly@derekdaly.com or 317.710.1500. Please be sure to check out the website at www.derekdalyacademy.com and sign up for the monthly newsletter.

Article Credit: skipbarber.com
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