A new chapter in the history of the Bertil Roos Racing School was written the first week in May with the nation’s leading school for road racing holding its first-ever programs at the legendary Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Blessed with great weather and greeted with incredible enthusiasm, the results were sold-out schools and a special day of exhibition driving for its series drivers. “A perfect week at the track” is how Bertil Roos Racing School President Dennis Macchio described the trip.
“We began with a special program to get our F-2000 series drivers acclimated to the track, and it was followed by sold-out schools,” Macchio said. “With only a few weeks of lead time to promote the dates, we were amazed at how fast the programs sold out.”
Many of the students were former Skip Barber Racing School customers who had lost their deposits in last year’s bankruptcy, and took advantage of a special program to apply a portion of their deposits towards the Bertil Roos Racing School programs.
They were highly enthusiastic about driving on the historic track, the nation’s oldest continually operating road racing venue.
In addition, dozens of curious spectators came by to witness the return of Formula car schools to the track where open-wheel greats from former Indianapolis 500 winners Parnelli Jones and Mark Donohue to modern-day heroes like 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi and IndyCar series champion Simon Pagenaud have competed.
Among the curious onlookers was Skip Barber himself. Having sold his school two decades earlier, he was delighted to see a high-quality road racing school at the track he still owns.
At the end of the three-day school, he addressed the graduates, and made it clear that he was very impressed with the quality of the programs, which feature a full stable of Formula 2000 race cars, the most advanced teaching system and the most advanced driving tech in the business. There were no crashes, very few spins, and an abundance of learning for even the most advanced drivers.
“I’ve been racing at this track since the late 1970s, and I hold Skip, Walter (Irvine) and the rest of his crew at Lime Rock in high esteem. They get it,” Macchio said. “We all have a deep understanding of racetracks, racing schools, and the sport itself. Their knowledge of the sport and how a quality racing school should cater to the needs of their customers made our stay that much more comfortable and successful.”
The school is looking to add dates later this season, and will be expanding its Lime Rock programs in 2019.
Bertil Roos Racing School conducts over 15 programs at 6 different tracks from New England to Florida. For more information, check out at http://www.racenow.com or call 1-800-722-3669.