Bertil Roos Graduates Das, Gore Finish Strong in Euroformula Open

Bertil Roos Racing School graduate Cameron Das continued his progression through the racing ranks over the weekend by wrapping up a strong season in the Euroformula Open Championship at Barcelona, Spain.

Fellow Bertil Roos graduate Dev Gore also showed promise in the series, earning a top-10 finish in the year’s final race.

Das, an 18-year-old graduate from Baltimore, qualified fifth in the first of two weekend races and battled in the top five throughout the race before ending with a sixth-place run. He followed it up by qualifying seventh and finishing fifth in the second race. Das put up a hard charge to battle David Schumacher for fourth in the closing laps.

Driving the No 28 Dallara for the British-based Carlin team, Das was the highest ranking American in the series. He posted four podium finishes and finished the year with seven top-five finishes over 16 races to place fifth in the final point standings.

Brazilian driver Felipe Drugovich dominated the series in winning the championship, while Das was a steady performer throughout the year with only two finishes outside the points.

It was a natural progression for Das, who won nine of 15 races to capture the 2016 U.S. Formula 4 Championship. He moved to the BRDC British Formula 3 in 2017 with the Carlin team which counts four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power among its alumni.

Gore, a 21-year-old Atlanta resident, made his debut with the Carlin team earlier this season at Silverstone, and he ran the second half of the Euroformula Open schedule. Despite playing catch-up to the field, he scored points in four events and posted top-10 finishes in the final two events at the Spanish tracks of Jerez and Barcelona.

Both drivers count their Bertil Roos experience as a major factor in racing in the prestigious European series, and driving for the Carlin team.

Gore worked his way up through the different levels of karting before attending Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for instruction in the highly intricate and technical form of European-style road racing.

After graduation, Gore competed in the Bertil Roos Racing Series where he won two races. He also has competed in the Formula 1600 Super Series, the Toyota Tires F1600 Championship and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

For everyone from the hobbyist to those who have aspirations to be like Das and Gore competing in the highest levels of motorsports, call 1-800-RACE-NOW to reserve a spot at Bertil Roos Racing School.

Ourant Wraps Up Bertil Roos Race Series Title at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Andy Ourant ended a dream season in the Bertil Roos Race Series by clinching his first series championship over the weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Ourant, who won a series-high seven races, wrapped the championship up with a second-place finish in the first Group 1 race. Even though he didn’t finish the season race, Ourant ended winning the championship by nine points (275-266) over Rookie of the Year Seth Foley.

Three-time series champion Tim Nichols finished third in the points after a big weekend at Pocono where he won the first Group 1 race. Nichols set fast time in qualifying with a lap at 1:16.24 and he made the most of starting up front. Ourant had a title-clinching effort with a runner-up finish and Jason Auwarter came home third.

Ira Nesbitt, who qualified second in the first Group 1 race only to finish 10th, stormed back to win the second Group 1 race. Nichols continued his strong weekend by finishing second. Kirk Weatherman rounded out the podium with his third-place run.

Foley dominated the Group 2 action. He had the fast time of the day in qualifying 1:13.34 before going on to sweep both Group 2 races. Rich White gave chase to Foley, finishing in the runner-up spot and Kevin Anderson earned his way on the podium by finishing third.

There was plenty of action behind Foley in the second Group 2 race. Gabe Jasper posted a strong second-place run, while White raced to the other podium finish.

Other awards were handed out at the season-ending banquet with Reiner Oberst earning the Hard Charger Award by gaining the most number of positions throughout the season. Positions lost also count in the final tally.

Foley won the Rookie of the Year battle (266-226) over Robert Pielsticker with another rookie driver, Chris Sanford with 225 points. Gabe Jasper received the Cone Killer Award, a fun award given to the driver who knocks over the most cones during qualifying and race sessions throughout the season.

Vinnie Virga won the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award. It is awarded to the driver who best embodies the spirit of the series through comradery, mentoring new drivers to the series and for clean racing habits.

The Bertil Roos Winter Series is currently underway with the next races scheduled for December 3-4 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW for available spots.

Cornell Earns Sweep to Open Bertil Roos Winter Series

JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Cornell put on a dominating performance in the first couple of rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Race Series at Palm Beach International Raceway.

He navigated the challenging 2.2-mile PBIR road course in 1:33.26 to earn the pole for the first Group 2 race. In the lead, he stayed out front for the win. He followed it up with another win in the second race.

Jeff Relic and Alex Benavtis each won races for the Group 1 drivers.

Phillip Jasper ran runner-up to Cornell in both Group 2 races. Jimmy Dai posted a pair of third-place runs to fill out the podium in both races.

Relic started from the pole position and parlayed it into a victory in the first Group 1 race. Benavtis got around Gabe Jasper for the runner-up spot. Jasper held on for a third-place finish.

Benavits assumed command of the second Group 2 race and earned the victory. Gabe Jasper came back strong with a second-place finish and Vinnie Virga rounded out the podium in third.

After the first two rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Series, Cornell holds a 49-46 lead over Benavtis in the point standings. Phillip Jasper is third with 44 points, followed by Gabe Jasper with 41 points and Relic and Dai tied for fifth with 40 points each.

Spots remain available for Rounds 3-4 of the series on December 3, 2018, and Rounds 5-6 on January 18-19, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW to enter.

Ourant Sweeps Pocono Races to Increase Championship Lead

LONG POND, Pa. — Andy Ourant’s dream season in the Bertil Roos Race Series races continued at Pocono Raceway the last weekend in August.

 

Racing on the famed track’s North course, Ourant swept the weekend’s Group 1 races. He has won five of the last six races and seven of the last 10 races he has entered. The weekend’s Group 2 races were split between Glenn Brooks and Kevin Anderson.

 

No one in the Group 1 had anything for Ourant, the Pennsylvania driver who started on the pole and led flag-to-flag in both races. With his dominant performances, Ourant stretched his lead in the point standings to 253-200 over Gabe Jasper with four races remaining on the schedule.

 

The racing behind Ourant was intense with Jasper passing defending series champion Tim Nichols for second place. In the first race, Nichols overcame an unscheduled pit stop which dropped him to fifth to work his way back to third.

 

Justin Fierro finished fourth, while Vinnie Virga made a pass of Kirk Weatherman with one lap to go to take fifth.

 

The second race featured some of the same with Ourant out front and Jasper getting around Nichols in the race for the runner-up spot. Those three filled the podium again, while Adam Colombo finished fourth.

 

Weatherman and Virga made contact racing for fifth. Weatherman ended with the spot, while Virga retired with mechanical issues.

 

Group 2

Anderson made his presence known early in Group 2, passing Geoff Valentino for the lead on lap 2 of the first race.

 

He continued to show a fast pace out front, while Brooks got around Valentino for second. They continued to ride that way until the frantic final lap. Anderson spun, handing the lead and race win to Brooks.

 

Jason Auwarter passed Seth Foley for second as both got by Anderson. Valentino, who had to serve a penalty earlier in the race, charged back to a fifth-place finish.

 

Anderson wasn’t about to make the same mistake in the second race and bolted to the lead on the opening lap.

 

Auwarter ran a steady pace behind him, while Brooks and Valentino had a classic battle for third. Brooks passed Valentino on lap 2, and they exchanged the third position for four more times before the race ended.

 

Brooks finished third, followed by Valentino in fourth. Foley posted a fifth-place finish and pulled into a tie for third with Chris Sanford and Nichols in the championship standings.

 

Races No. 13 and 14 in the Bertil Roos Race Series are scheduled for Sept. 28-29 on Pocono Raceway’s South course.

 

For more information about the Bertil Roos Race Series and Bertil Roos Racing School, visit racenow.com or call 1-800-722-3669.

Bertil Roos Racing School Welcomes Zamp Helmets as a Preferred Partner

Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for instruction in the highly intricate and technical form of European-style road racing, welcomes Zamp Helmets as a preferred partner for its many driving programs.

 

Zamp Racing Helmets use the latest, high-quality materials to provide BRRS students with the best head protection as well as top-notch design. Zamp Racing features many other safety accessories including head and neck restraint systems.

 

Bertil Roos Racing School focuses on safety through its different programs for everyone from the hobbyist to those in the top levels of professional racing. Bertil Roos offers programs designed to make drivers safer both on the track and on the street such as the Performance Driving Clinic and a 2-Day Precision Highway Driving Course.

 

For more information on Zamp Helmets visit http://www.zamp-racing.com/

 

 

Bertil Roos Graduate Das Continues to Impress in Europe

Bertil Roos Racing School graduate Cameron Das continues to impress in the Euroformula Open Series.

 

The 18-year-old from Maryland ranks fifth in the series points after recent races on the Hungarorian course where the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix is held annually. Driving the No. 28 Dallara for British-based Carlin Motorsport, Das posted finishes of fifth in the first race and fourth in the second race.

 

He is the highest ranking American in the series, one spot behind defending Italian F4 champion Marcos Siebert.

 

Das qualified second in the previous Euroformula race at Spa (Belgium) and put his highly-intricate training he received at Bertil Roos Racing School to good use, quickly moving to the lead. Das and Siebert then swapped the lead multiple times before they made contact on lap 7, eliminating an unhappy Das from the race.

Still, Das made quite an impression for the weekend. He was the fastest driver during opening day at Spa with a lap of 2:13.44 in the final practice session. After his hard luck in the Saturday race, he qualified 10th on Sunday before racing through the field to finish fifth.

 

“I was leading the race on Saturday until I was taken out, but we were rapid all the way through,” Das said. “We showed what we were capable of. From P10 to P5 in Race 2, thanks to some mega teamwork with Matheus Iorio!”

 

In his first season in Euroformula Open, Das, the 2016 F4 U.S. champion, has five top-five finishes in eight races with a best finish of third at The Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

He has taken many of the techniques learned behind the wheel of Bertil Roos Racing School’s formula cars on tracks like Palm Beach International Raceway and applied them on some of Europe’s most famous circuits.

 

Next on the schedule is England’s famed Silverstone circuit, the oldest purpose-built racing venue on the Formula One schedule and home of the British Grand Prix. It’s a track where racing legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost, and current Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton all have five victories.

 

For those interested in the same kind of highly quality instruction which has helped Das to race on such legendary circuits as such legendary drivers, visit Bertil Roos Racing School’s website at racenow.com or call 1-800 RACE NOW.

Bertil Roos Winter Race Series is Announced

The Bertil Roos Winter Race Series has been announced with an eight-race schedule over four doubleheader weekends from October 2018 through February 2019.

 

It features the same race format of the Bertil Roos Summer Series, and with a special offer, you can sign up by August 1 and save on season pricing. Call (800) 722-3669 and race the whole season for $10,000 with one and done pricing and limited crash damage liability. Other pricing options include $10,600 for the season before Sept. 1 or a cost of $3,100 per race weekend.

 

The series champion wins $10,000 in BRRS Credits. Second place is awarded $5,000 in BRRS Credits and the third-place driver receives $2,500 in BRRS Credits. A driver must be a graduate of Bertil Roos Racing School’s 5-day, road-racing school or have similar experience to race. Spots are limited.

 

The new series will feature the newly re-engineered R/T 2000 Formula car, which features a five-speed sequential gearbox and a 135-horsepower, fuel-injected, 4-cylinder engine. The R/T 2000 combines modern performance with the same great drivability that has made Bertil Roos Racing School a staple in the U.S. for over four decades.

 

The season kicks off October 6 and 7 with races No. 1 and No. 2 at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Fla.

 

Palm Beach International Raceway, which features a state-of-the-art 2.2-mile road course, will host the next four rounds of the series with races on December 3-4, 2018, and January 18-19, 2019. The series then shifts to the challenging Carolina Motorsports Park for the final two rounds on February 23-24, 2019.

 

Carolina Motorsports Park has a 2.27-mile road course with the perfect combination of corners and straights to bring out your inner speed demon and challenge your skills simultaneously.

 

To sign up for the series, click here or call 1-800-722-3669.

 

 

 

 

Bertil Roos Racing School Has Successful Debut at Lime Rock

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 high-quality European-style 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 1970’s, 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 race tracks, 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 information please check out our website at www.racenow.comor call 1-800-722-3669.

 

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Deposit holders are welcomed to call us for further explanation and we look forward to helping continue your road racing journey.
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Bertil Roos Brings Legendary Instruction to the Legendary Lime Rock Park

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Legendary track, legendary instructors, legendary school.

Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for high-quality, European-style road racing, will now conduct programs at historic Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Beginning in late April, the iconic school will hold both 3-Day Introductory, and 2-Day Advanced programs, and a Roos F-2000 Race Day event. The dates became available after the 2017 bankruptcy of the original Skip Barber Racing School.

“Once the primary home of the Skip Barber Racing School, dates and opportunities for other schools were hard to come by,” Bertil Roos President Dennis Macchio said. “Both the track and the school were owned by Skip Barber. Skip sold the school more than two decades ago. With the breakup of the school, the opportunity to run programs at Lime Rock Park was just too enticing.”

Lime Rock Park is 1.5 miles of up and down dale, a track that looks deceiving simple but is immensely challenging. Almost all of the sport’s greats have raced at Lime Rock from Parnelli Jones, Mark Donohue and Peter Gregg in the 1960’s and 70’s to current drivers like 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi and IndyCar series champion Simon Pagenaud.

Three of the top four finishers in this year’s Daytona 500 — Austin Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Joey Logano — have raced at Lime Rock, the nation’s oldest continually operating road racing venue.

Earlier in the year, Macchio met with Mr. Barber, still the principal owner of the track, about bringing Bertil Roos Racing School to the historic course.

“Skip welcomed the idea of Roos coming to Lime Rock,” Macchio said. “I’ve known Skip for close to 40 years. He used to rent dates from me when I operated the Bridgehampton Race Circuit. Seems like we’ve come full circle.”

BRRS Lime Rock Dates are as follows:

  • April 30, 2018 – Roos F-2000 Race Series
  • May 1-3, 2018 – Three Day School
  • May 2-3, 2018 – Two Day Advanced School
  • May 2, 2018 – A.M. Lapping Sessions

Bertil Roos Racing School features legendary instructors like Bruce MacInnes, formerly the senior instructor at the original Skip Barber Racing School where he worked with such figures as Tom Cruise and Paul Newman, who famously won the SCCA Trans-Am race at Lime Rock in 1986, and NASCAR drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Boris Said and Ken Schrader, all former Lime Rock winners.

To enroll in the 2018 programs at Lime Rock Park and check out other Bertil Roos programs, where you can receive the same legendary instruction, call 1-800-722-3669 or visit racenow.com.