Manu Cabrera: Seeking My Dream

Manu Cabrera: Seeking My Dream

Skip Barber Racing School

Manu Cabrera: Seeking My Dream


Even though in my family there’s no racing background, my parents always support us in what we want to do. That’s how I’ started in karting. After a few years of karting, we thought it was about time to move forward to the next level.

We’ve checked several options and choose open-wheel racing. The first step of the IndyCar ladder is Skip Barber, which is also a good stepping stone to race later in Europe with the aim of Formula 1. Whether I choose a career in America or Europe, this gives me the time to think about it and the preparation to go either path. So far, I’m not disappointed with the training that I’ve received in Skip Barber.

Recently I made my debut in formulas during the first round of the Skip Barber Championship Series. Definitely, it couldn’t be more appropriate the venue than world famous Road Atlanta track, home of the Petit Le Mans.

It wasn’t easy to keep up with the pace set by Skip Barber Summer and Winter Series champions among other experienced drivers, plus several rookies like me. However, the instructors provided valuable information for lowering my times to qualify at the middle of the grid.

In this system we are like a big team, each instructor watches you in a particular area at the track and with their comments I put the pieces together to improve my driving. I can’t help to name former F1 driver Divina Galica, who is the star of the staff.

Also I must commend the crew. They were incredibly helpful setting the pedals and everything to make me feel comfortable with the cars I drove and even one mechanic found a nut of my go-pro camera that felt down inside the car. I was surprised with that kind of attention!

Finally, with race results iof seventh and eighth, I was named the best rookie in both races. This encourages me to do better the next race in Pittsburgh. What a great first race weekend in open-wheel racing! I’m looking forward to the next one.