Bertil Roos Racing School Offers Two Distinct Formula Cars

Bertil Roos Racing School’s Formula cars are the ultimate tools when learning performance arts and driving. Our school offers two distinct Formula cars, the Formula 2000 race car and the Formula R/T 2000 race car, which each feature manual transmissions.

Nearly every professional race driver of note and most amateurs have spent time in Formula cars, especially in the early stages of driving.

Senses, especially sight and feel, are heightened in a Formula car. Visual training, with Bertil Roos’ ocular driving techniques are best taught in an open-cockpit car which has no A pillars, no windshield, no center-mounted rear mirror and no forward blind spot.

Other skills like car control, line correction and important advanced skills are much easier to learn in nimble, lightweight Formula cars. The learning curve is accelerated in Formula cars which feature high grip and modest power.

With the low center of gravity and minimum body roll compared to a full-bodied car, they are much more predictable and responsive corrections.

Formula 2000 race car

The Formula 2000 race car features an unparalleled feel with an extremely responsive chassis.

• 130hp, 2-liter, 4-cylinder, carbureted engine

• 4-speed, H-pattern manual transmission 

• 1,300 lbs. curb weight 

• Performance radial tires 

When driven properly, these cars will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, reach 130 mph in the draft, pull up to 2 g’s in the corners and stop on a dime.

With a reclined seating position and Indy-style body, your view of the track mimics that of the pros when they are battling it out on the track.

Formula R/T 2000 race car

The Formula R/T 2000 race car features lightning fast with extremely acceleration and extreme grip.

• 135hp, 2-liter, 4-cylinder, fuel injected engine

• 5-speed, sequential transmission 

• 1,400 lbs. curb weight 

• Performance radial tires 

Used at Palm Beach International Raceway and in our Bertil Roos Winter Race Series, these cars are appealing to the beginner looking to develop their skills or Bertil Roos veterans looking for a new challenge. 

The R/T 200 weighs just 1,400 pounds, accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and is capable of speeds up to 130 mph. With high performance radial tires, students feel both maximum traction and learn the subtleties of slip angle management.

With both cars, safety is our highest priority. Our cars are designed and engineered to ensure our drivers experience the fastest, safest laps of their lives.

Bertil Roos Racing School to Participate in 32nd Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Dec. 12-14

JUPTIER, Fla. — Bertil Roos Racing School (BRRS) will be a part of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, the world’s largest auto racing trade show, December 12-14, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind. 

BRRS information will be located within the IHRA booth, number 3524 Yellow Hall. Come by and be the first to pick up information about 2020 school dates, Winter Racing Series and more.  

BRRS joins with more than 1,100 racing businesses exhibiting in over 3,300 booths. The PRI show attracts over 48,000 members of the racing industry from all 50 states and 70 countries.

For more information about Bertil Roos Racing School visit RaceNow.com or call 800-722-3669. 

Ocular Driving is a Core Component of Bertil Roos Racing School

Ocular Driving Technique is a core component of Bertil Roos Racing School, going back to the foundation of the school.

It was Bertil Roos who first coined the phrase “Ocular Driving” which is based on the simple principle of looking where you want to go.

The late founder of Bertil Roos Racing School used the example if you are sliding off the road. Where are you looking? More than likely, you’re looking at the object you’re about to hit. Roos pointed out that was wrong. A driver should be looking at and pointing the front wheels of the car where you want to go.

Ocular driving uses our eyes to manage how we respond to the visceral inputs we receive in the car. Our eyes tell our brain where we are going, then the brain tells our hands and our feet where to go.

Similar to the “keep your eye on the ball” concept that originated in baseball, high-performance driving also stems from the eyes. It may sound easy, but in reality, it is more difficult than one might expect.

All baseball players are instructed to keep their eye on the ball, but top professionals only get hits 25 to 35 percent of the time. Typically, most drivers don’t look far enough ahead (or in the wrong places), which leads to multiple, abrupt inputs on the steering wheel and pedals. 

Ocular Driving Technique allows drivers to properly navigate any road or track through the early detection of reference points and by using positive target fixation. The teaching of this technique is enhanced by our industry exclusive Slide Cars, where these amazing tools help drivers master the art of looking ahead at safer, lower speeds. 

Bertil Roos Racing School’s Formula cars take ocular driving techniques to the next level. The visual training is best taught in the cockpit of a car that has no A pillars, no windshield, no center-mounted rear mirror, and no forward blind spot. Car control, line correction and important advanced skills are much easier to learn in our nimble, lightweight, Formula cars.

Sign up here now to learn ODT and other core components of the Bertil Roos Racing School. 

Bertil Roos Racing School Announces 2020 Dates

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for high-quality, European-style road racing, will bring its world-class curriculum to a number of premier tracks in 2020.

Bertil Roos Racing School has become the oldest and preeminent school in the art of teaching performance driving and racing by focusing efforts, without compromise, to provide the best and safest programs available. It has been accomplished by focusing on four variables — tracks, instructors, curriculum and equipment.

Now, drivers can learn from the world’s best instructors in the ultimate classroom, Bertil Roos’ lightweight and agile, open-wheel, open-cockpit Formula cars, at some of the country’s top road courses. 

BRRS is a “manual” school providing you with two distinct driving experiences. Our North fleet of cars showcase a 4-speed, H-pattern manual transmission. The South fleet offers something different with a 5-speed sequential transmission. Bertil Roos Race Series allows graduates of the 5-Day Road Racing School, the 2-Day Advanced School and other SCCA-licensed racers to participate in a series that showcases driver skill and ability without having to buy and maintain your own race car. BRRS provides the coaching, race cars, tracks, pit crews, driving suits and helmets. Click here for 2020 race series dates.

Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla., boasts a 10-turn, 2.2-mile state-of-the-art road course featuring some of the fastest and most challenging corners offered by any track in North America. The technologically superior course showcases a table-top smooth finish, S.A.V.E. soft barriers, run-off areas. Click here for event dates.

Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa., is one of the legendary tracks on the NASCAR circuit with the nickname of the “Tricky Triangle.” Bertil Roos Racing School uses part of the NASCAR track as well as the infield road course for a uniquely challenging experience. Click here for event dates.   

New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., features both the Thunderbolt Raceway and Lightning Raceway. Thunderbolt Raceway features a 2.25-mile course with 12 challenging turns and a half-mile straightway. Lightning Raceway is a 10-corner circuit, fast and challenging, featuring some of the most interesting and dramatic corners and elevation changes in the park. Click here for event dates.

Roebling Road Raceway, conveniently located only 10 miles off Interstate 95 and 11 miles from the Savannah, Ga., International Airport, is a 2.02-mile, nine-turn road course featuring ample run-off room and some of the fastest combinations of corners in the country. Click here for event dates.

Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Va., envelopes the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain range, making it one of the most visually stunning venues in North America. BRRS utilizes the South course which has the perfect blend of technical corners, elevation changes and high-speed sweepers. Click here for event dates.

For more information about Bertil Roos Racing School visit RaceNow.com or call 1-800-RACE NOW to book your program.

Dai Earns Sweep at Bertil Roos Winter Series Opener

JUPITER, Fla. — Jimmy Dai started off the Bertil Roos Winter Race Series in style with a sweep in the Oct. 25-26 season opener at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Dai ran a lap of 1:48.13 around the 10-turn, 2.2-mile road course to win the pole for the Group 2 race. He proceeded to race on to victory in the first race. Kirk Weatherman came across the finish line second, followed by Bob Perlmutter. Rookie Joe Lattanzi, who had the second fastest qualifying time, finished fourth and Reiner Oberst was fifth.

The dominance of Dai continued in the second Group 2 race, while Lattanzi stormed back to a second-place finish. Weatherman finished third with Perlmutter and Charles Shiner rounding out the top five.

Phillip Jasper set the fast time for Group 1 with lightning-fast 1:34.73 lap. He went on to win the first Group 1 race. Chris Wilcox made his debut with a second-place qualifying race and runner-up finish. Gabe Jasper was third, ahead of Frank Anelante and Bryan Sircely taking the fourth and fifth positions.

Wilcox took advantage of trouble by Phillip Jasper to win the second Group 1 race. Sircely rallied to finish second with Joe Dounchis in third. Anelante and Gabe Jasper rounded out the top five.

Dai has a 49-45 lead over Wilcox in the Winter Series points. Weatherman is third with 42 points, followed by Sirecly and Lattanzi with 40 points each.

The Bertil Roos Winter Race Series returns to Palm Beach International Raceway, Dec. 20-21.

Foley Finishes Off Championship Run in Style

LONG POND, Pa. — Seth Foley capped off a dominant run in the 2019 Bertil Roos Race Series with his eighth and ninth wins of the season Saturday, October 12 at the Pocono Raceway South/East course.

With his third weekend sweep in a row, Foley romped to a 285-265 win over Derek Jose in the final championship standings. It was the first series championship for Foley, who was runner-up the previous year.

Foley left nothing to chance this time around, setting the fast time in Group 1 qualifying with lap of 1:14.46 over a half-second quicker than Jose’s time. He proceeded to win the first Group 1 race, followed to the finish line by 2018 series champion Andy Ourant and Kirk Weatherman. Jose finished fourth and Reiner Oberst rounded out the top five.

It was a sweep for Foley with his win in race No. 2 as Jose emerged as the runner-up. Ourant had another podium finish in third. Weatherman finished fourth and Earl Ihrie crossed the finish line fifth.

Tim Nichols, a three-time series champion who holds the all-time record for BRRS wins, paced Group 2 qualifying with the fast lap at 1:14.28. However, rookie Tommy Cadwalader stole the show, racing to the first Group 2 victory.

Nichols held on to finish second, followed by Geoff Valentino. Adam Colombo and Rich White rounded out the top five.

It was much of the same in the second Group 2 race with Cadwalader getting the weekend sweep. Second and third remained the same with Nichols holding off Valentino. White and Colombo flipped the fourth and fifth positions.

Nichols finished third in the series championship standings with 258 points. He was followed by Valentino with 249 and Cadwalader with 239 points.

Other top-10 points finishers were: Colombo, Ourant, Weatherman, Oberst and Frank Tiano.

Cadwalader won Rookie of the Year 123-95 over Craig Curran with Frank Anelante third. Curran won Hard Charger of the Year and Ourant was named Sportsman of the Year.

The 2019-20 Bertil Roos Winter Series kicks off Oct. 25-26 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Licensed drivers call 1-800-RACE-NOW to sign up as spots are limited.

Foley Moves Closer to BRRS Title With Pocono Sweep

LONG POND, Pa. — Seth Foley’s march towards the Bertil Roos Race Series championship continued with a sweep of Group 2 races at the Pocono Raceway South course, Sept. 27-28.

In what has been a dream season, Foley scored his sixth and seventh wins of the year. 

Foley had the fastest time in qualifying at 1:05.19 and used that to his advantage in the first race for the Group 2 cars. With the battling for position intense behind him, Geoff Valentino was the runner-up. Derek Jose finished third, followed by Rich White in fourth and Frank Anelante fifth.

The top four remained the same in race No. 2 with Foley, Valentino, Jose and White all maintaining their positions. Jimmy Dai broke up the top-five repeat by taking the fifth spot.

Frank Tiano won for the second time this season in the Group 1 opener. Gabe Jasper held on for a second-place finish with fast qualifier Andy Ourant third. Adam Colombo and Vinnie Virga rounded out the top five.

Jasper earned his first win of the season in the second Group 1 race. Colombo powered to the runner-up spot as 2018 series champion Ourant scored another third-place finish. Virga and Tiano took the fourth and fifth spots.

Foley holds a 278-264 advantage over Jose in the point standings after drops of their worst finishes. Valentino is third with 243 points, followed by Colombo with 237 points and Tim Nichols with 223 points. 

Pocono Raceway hosts the final weekend of the 2019 Bertil Roos Race Series, Oct. 11-12 races held on the South/East track.

Foley, Jose Lead Bertil Roos Standings After Lime Rock Sweeps

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Seth Foley and Derek Jose rank 1-2 in the Bertil Roos Race Series points following a sweep of their respective races on Sept. 19-20 at Lime Rock Park.

Foley dominated Group 1 action from the get-go. He set fast time in qualifying at 1:02.99 around the historic Connecticut track and then proved to be just as tough during the pair of races which followed.

He rolled to the win in race No. 1 followed by Vincent Caintic and rookie Brian Trible. Adam Colombo and another rookie Brittion Smith rounded out the top five.

Foley didn’t slow down in the second race. Again, he was the leader of the pack, although the running order behind him completely changed. Ira Nesbitt raced to the runner-up spot with Reiner Oberst finishing third. Bob Perlmutter was fourth and Ken Slattum wound up fifth.

Tim Nichols set the fast time for Group 2, speeding around the challenging circuit in 1:02.38. Jose got around Nichols and powered on to the win in race No. 1.  Nichols posted a strong second-place run ahead of Geoff Valentino in third, Gabe Jasper in fourth and Tommy Cadwalader in fifth. 

Foley led the charge as top three drivers from the first race finished the same in race No. 2. It changed behind the podium finishers of Nichols and Valentino with Kirk Weatherman taking the fourth spot and Frank Tiano in fifth.

With maximum points for each race, Foley extended his lead in the championship standings with just four races left in the series. He now leads 252-224 over Jose, who vaulted into second place. Nichols is two points outside second at 222 points. Valentino with 214 points and Cadwalader with 199 points round out the top five.

The Bertil Roos Race Series gets back on track this weekend at Pocono Raceway’s South Track.

Colombo, Cadwalader Go 2-for-3 at BRRS Pocono Event

LONG POND, Pa. — Adam Colombo and Tommy Cadwalader had weekends to remember during the Bertil Roos Race Series visit to the Pocono Raceway North course on Aug. 30-31.

Both drivers won two races at the circuit which combines part of the NASCAR “Tricky Triangle” along with the infield road course.

Colombo’s big weekend started with a race originally set for New Jersey Motorsports Park that had to be rescheduled due to weather.

He worked his way to the front and took the win over defending Bertil Roos Race Series champion Andy Ourant. Kirk Weatherman finished third with Cadwalader and Thomas Doughty rounding out the top five.

Colombo’s strong performance continued by winning the pole for Group 2, Race 1 on the Pocono North course. However, he wasn’t able to hold off a strong charge from Derek Jose, who went on to win the race.

Phillip Jasper also moved to the front with a second-place finish, followed by Ourant. Colombo wound up fourth, just ahead of Frank Tiano.

Colombo wouldn’t be denied in the second race, beating Jose for the race win. Ourant finished third with Phillip Jasper and Gabe Jasper rounding out the top five.

The action was fast and furious in Group 1 as well.

Cadwalader raced from a third-place qualifying effort to win the first Group 1 race. Glenn Brooks, who started second, finished in the same spot with Rich White third. Seth Foley and Vinny Virga also posted top-five finishes.

The second Group 1 race saw Cadwalader again out front. He earned the sweep of the Group 1 races while Foley rallied to finish second. Geoff Valentino, who set fast time in Group 1 qualifying earlier in the event, filled out the podium with his third-place run.

Former series champion Tim Nichols and White were other top-five finishers.

Foley currently holds a 204-178 lead over Nichols in the championship standings. Only three points separate second place from fifth. After his round 5 sweep, Cadwalader moves to third in the standings at 177 points, followed by Jose with 176 and Valentino with 175. Colombo is gaining ground and ranks sixth with 167 points.

The Bertil Roos Race Series shifts to the iconic Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for the next round on Sept. 19-20.

Bertil Roos Race Series Champions Roar to Wins at Thunderbolt Course

MILLVILLE, N.J. — The two most recent Bertil Roos Race Series champions Tim Nichols and Andy Ourant and current points leader Seth Foley earned wins at the BRRS event at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Course.

Nichols, the most decorated driver in BRRS history as the leader in career wins, podium finishes and starts, qualified third for the first Group 1 race. He worked his way to the front to earn his third win of the season and a record 57thcareer victory.

Foley earned the pole for the race with a lap of 1:40.62, just .03 of a second faster than Derek Jose’s fast time. Foley ended second in the race and Jose rounded out the podium finishers.

Geoff Valentino and Vinnie Virga rounded out the top five.

Foley quickly set the pace in race 2. Rolling to the win, he matched Nichols with his third win of the season. 

Valentino ran second as Jose earned another podium finish. Nichols and Jimmy Dai were the other top-five finishers.

Ourant, the defending BRRS champion, scored the win in the lone Group 2 race as pole sitter Tommy Cadwalader struggled to a ninth-place finish. Running a limited schedule this season, it was Ourant’s third win in five races.

Glenn Brooks charged from a sixth-place starting spot to finish second and Ira Nesbitt came from ninth to finish third. Kirk Weatherman and Gabe Jasper took the fourth and fifth-place spots.

Heavy rain and coincidentally, thunder and lightning, made it impossible to safely continue the event. It caused the postponement of the second Group 2 race until practice day for the next event to be held at Pocono Raceway, Aug. 30-31.

At the halfway point of the season, Foley holds a 10-point lead (164-154) over Nichols in the championship standings. Valentino is third at 147 points, followed by Jose and Virga.

The next BRRS races will be held Aug. 30-31 at Pocono Raceway’s 1.5-mile, seven-turn, North course.