After a third-place finish in the 2012 Championship Shootout and a second-place finish in the 2012-’13 Winter Series, Aaron Telitz, 21, Birchwood Wis., won the winner-take-all 2013 Skip Barber Race Series Championship Shootout and the $200,000 driver development scholarship presented by Mazda for use toward a seat in the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Series powered by Mazda.
?It feels really awesome,? said Telitz pictured at left with Skip Barber Racing School CEO Michael Culver (left) and Race Series Director Keith Dalton (right). ?I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t believe it when I came across the line and won. I kind of knew where the points were and what I had to do. It’s awesome to be sitting here with this gigantic check.?
Telitz was the measure of consistency throughout the shootout. Off track, he earned high marks in his media interview and the subjective instructor scoring. On track, his top-4 race results were all podium finishes including a win in the final race of the shootout.
?I am just elated,? said Julie Telitz, Aaron’s mom. ?I was brought to tears when he crossed the line and he had probably succeeded in winning the $200,000. It was very exciting and very emotional. The Skip Barber program, thankfully, is around, or young drivers — like my son — would never get anywhere.?
The shootout featured five 12-lap races on the Road Atlanta track, three seminars from industry experts and famous Skip Barber Racing School instruction.
“We had absolutely some of the world’s closest racing,” said Culver. “The drivers deserve a lot of credit for racing within thousandths of a second of each other without any major incident. We proved today that our system works. We create champions.”
(combines 5 races dropping the lowest, media interview, business plan evaluation and instructor scores)
2nd in Championship Points in the 2012-13 Winter Series
2011-12 Winter Series, 2012 Summer Series & 2012-13 Winter Series Champion
2nd in Championship Points in the 2012 Summer Series
3rd in Championship Points in the 2012-13 Winter Series
2013 Summer Series Champion; 2012 Karting Scholarship Shootout Winner
4th in Championship Points in the 2012-13 Winter Series
2nd in Championship Points in the 2013 Summer Series
5th in Championship Points in the 2013 Summer Series
4th in Championship Points in the 2013 Summer Series
5th in Championship Points in the 2012-13 Winter Series
3rd in Championship Points in the 2013 Summer Series; 2012 IndyCar Academy Winner