Driver News: Luke Gabin Wins Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout

Luke GabinLuke Gabin, 19, from Australia has been crowned the champion of the 2013 Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout.

Gabin’s globe trotting trip was well-worth the effort, as he can now count himself as the 17th Karting Scholarship Shootout winner, joining the ranks of elite racers like Ryan Hunter-Reay, AJ Allmendinger, Josef Newgarden, Conor De Phillippi, Spencer Pigot, and Conor Daly – who in their early days of racing all competed for the highly coveted prize.

“The shootout has been the highlight of my motorsports career, and I am extremely glad I have been given this opportunity by Skip Barber Racing School and my parents. It was a steep learning curve, but taking feedback from experienced instructors and applying it was very rewarding. The shootout was extremely competitive, and I’m looking forward to competing in a season of Skip Barber.”

As in every year since it’s inception, the champion of the Karting Shootout will win a full season in the Skip Barber Racing School 2013-2014 Winter Race Series or Summer Race series, which leads to the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy. Skip Barber Racing School is the official racing school of INDYCAR.

“On behalf of the instructors and team at Skip Barber Racing School, I would like to congratulate Luke on his performance in the 2013 Karting Shootout,” said Michael Culver, CEO of Skip Barber Racing School. “Luke came out on top of a very impressive field of racers, and we look forward to working with him in 2014, as he continues on the path to achieve his goals in professional racing.”

Gabin developed a feel for the Skip Barber Formula 2000 cars and posted consistent session averages, earning the highest instructor score from the group.

2013 Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout Final standings:

1st – Luke Gabin, 221.4, A full season in the Skip Barber Racing School 2012-2013 Winter Race Series or Summer Race series
2nd – Olivier Cote, 206.30, $25,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
3rd – Brennen Harrington, 196, $20,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
4th – Daniel Langon, 188.8, $15,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
5th – Kondrad Czaczyk, 184.8, $10,000 in Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship
6th – Skylar Dunning , 170.1
7th – Nolan Ryan, 168.3
8th – Travis Lowe, 164
9th – Jonathan Sugianto, 164.8
10th – Nathan Laverdure, 154.7
11th – Scott Huffaker, 151.6
12th – Mike Gutenberger, 137.7
13th – Christian Brooks, 134.7
14th – Whitney Stevenson, 113.8
15th – Jonathan de Matta, 113.4
16th – Jackie Ding
17th – Sabre Cook
18th – Garrett Dixon
19th – Jenna Johnson
20th – Mahatru Krishnamuthy
21st – Austin Mack

All scholarships funds are spread out over each race event throughout the course of the 2014 season, and cannot be applied to only a few select events. Prizes are non-transferrable and the awards are subject to event rules, available on our website.

The drivers can redeem their scholarships in the Skip Barber Racing School 2013-2014 Winter Race Series or Summer Race series. The Winter Series begins at Road Atlanta, November 14-17, 2013.

 

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