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Getting started in the Formula Dodge Race Series is as simple as making a phone call. Drivers are first required to complete a Three-Day Racing School or have equivalent experience - i.e. hold a valid SCCA competition license or show proof of completion an accredited program.
We schedule racing & driving schools throughout the US year round. The Three-Day Racing School is offered at 20 tracks. We provide vehicles, helmets and driver suits. The Three-Day Racing School is conducted using the Formula Dodge racecar. The Formula Dodge is a single-seat, mid-engine, open-wheel racecar built by Mondiale Cars, Ltd. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, SOHC, fuel-injected Dodge engine. This engine produces 130 horsepower at 5,800 RPM. The power is directed through a Hewland 4-speed manual gearbox, and the car rides on 50-series B.F. Goodrich high-performance radials that give excellent progressive feel all the way up to the limit of adhesion; 1.2g for this car. The weight of the car is 1,050 lbs. With this car, you will learn the fundamentals of driving a racecar on your own at speed. The Three-Day Racing School combines three full days of driving on the racetrack with classroom instruction and individual coaching. I can provide you with details on what each of the three days will encompass if you'd like, or you can refer to our website for that same information. Successful completion of the Three-Day Racing School will qualify you to apply for your SCCA Regional Competition License.
Graduates of our Three-Day Racing School can then continue and enter the CART/Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series. The Skip Barber Formula Dodge Regional Race Series is truly an "arrive and drive" series. Skip Barber provides the cars, mechanics, parts and, most importantly, the instructor/coaches at each event. We'll also provide helmets and suits - your minimum investment in equipment would be in shoes and gloves. Your crash damage liability is limited to the first $4,500.00 worth of damage to the racecar (per incident). You simply pay for your race weekend(s), and any subsequent lapping or practice sessions, and we take care of the rest. You'll participate in up to 7 Race Weekends in any of four regions around the country - East, Midwest, South and West (the East region runs 8 Race Weekends). You get two races per weekend, and earn points toward an amateur Regional Championship. The East and Midwest Regions are contested during the summer months between April and October, the South and West run a winter schedule between October and April. You can race with us year-round!
Three-Day Racing School graduates simply need to participate in a minimum of two Advanced Activities in order to be eligible for your first Practice and Race Weekend. The Advanced Activities are either Lapping Sessions (80 track miles - $925.00); the Car Control Clinic (advanced car control class using the racecar, Dodge Dakota pickup and Viper SRT/10 on skid pad and autocross course - $925.00); or the R/T 2000 Advanced Two-Day Racing School ($2,295.00). By completing two activities (the R/T 2000 Advanced School counts as two), you will then be eligible for the Practice Session (two 28-minute, official timed session - $925.00) and the Race Weekend (20-minute qualifying session followed by race Saturday, warm-up followed by race on Sunday - $2,395.00). Points are awarded for finishing position and are accumulated over the course of a season toward your region's championship. Championship positions are based on your best 13 of 14 finishes (15 out of 16 in the East). Again, Skip Barber will provide the racecars, suits, helmets, and most importantly, instructors and coaches at each event. Racers typically budget about $25,000 - $30,000 per season.
The car you will drive in the CART/Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series will be the Formula Dodge R/T 2000. This car uses B.F. Goodrich high-performance radials and a 5-speed sequential transmission. The car features a single-element front wing and a dual-element rear wing, and the 2.0-liter engine now develops 150 horsepower. This exciting car elevates the series to a new level, and offers features not found at this level of racing. Lapping, Practice and Race Weekends will use the Formula Dodge R/T 2000.
By finishing in the top ten in points for your region, you will be invited to participate in the Formula Dodge National Championship, presented by Racer Magazine. The National Championship runs 7 Race Weekends at selected Eastern and Midwestern Regional events, as well "stand-alone" events.
The winner of the Formula Dodge National Championship will receive a grand prize of a $100,000 credit, to be paid to a race team that fields a car in an open-wheel road racing series for the champion. Positions 2 through 10 in the final standings will receive a check for $10,000.
"We are in full support of expanding the Barber CART Scholarship Ladder," commented Robert Dole, CART Driver Development Manager. "While the Barber CART Scholarships are already a key and integral part of the CART Driver Development System, we believe this move is more in line with the current demands of drivers looking to move up the CART Ladder. While it grants worthy drivers a strong form of assistance, it still challenges them to learn and succeed at the business of motorsports."