Southlake, TX — The school founded by John “Skip” Barber in 1975 was today named the official racing school of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) — a distinction that accredits the school to issue SVRA Driver Licenses.
“As the only vintage racing organization with a national platform, we think Skip Barber is the perfect fit with us because of their national footprint,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
“Their schools operate at many of the same tracks on our schedule, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Sebring, Road Atlanta, and, of course, Lime Rock Park. This partnership expands our commitment to provide convenient, high-quality solutions to our members seeking racing licenses from an accredited school with a terrific history.”
Among the school’s graduates are Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, Danica Patrick, A.J. Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon, Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Its alumni have taken the podium in all facets of motorsports, including NASCAR, IndyCar, SCCA, SRO World Challenge, USAC, and IMSA. A full third of the drivers in the Indianapolis 500 starting field for the last 30 years have earned their licenses through Skip Barber. Overall, the school has developed more winning racers than any other school in North America.
“We are excited to join SVRA in our missions to support racers and offer world-class instruction to all experience levels,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of SBRS. “With a rich racing legacy to match the iconic cars competing in SVRA, SBRS offers multiple ways to serve SVRA members’ needs, whether it is with a racing school license, progressive customer racing series, or a custom corporate event.”