Bertil Roos Racing School Statement About COVID-19

JUPITER, Fla. — Bertil Roos Racing School (BRRS) and its parent company IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE) are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will follow instruction from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local and state health departments in the communities we serve. At this time, all schools will continue as scheduled.

Bertil Roos Racing School has an extensive disinfecting procedure in place for all equipment during and after every event. 

To prevent the spread of cold, flu or COVID-19, experts are encouraging prevention and asking people to practice good hygiene—frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizer and covering sneezes and coughs.

Due to changing recommendations from health officials, we will continue to update everyone of any changes through our RaceNOW.com and social media channels.

SCCA Licensed Racers Welcome to Take Part in Bertil Roos Race Series

VIR 2019

Calling all SCCA licensed racers! The Bertil Roos Race Series is the perfect place to race.

There are 16 races over eight-event weekends on tracks from South Florida to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While it’s a natural progression for graduates of Bertil Roos Racing School’s 5-Day or 2-Day Advanced Programs, all qualified SCCA-licensed racers are welcome to participate.

The goal of Bertil Roos Racing School has been to maintain a series that showcase driver skill, ability and overall race-craft excellence. The driver’s ability to apply the theory of race strategy in actual racing events is what wins races.

Drivers from all over the country, participants from a variety of club and professional series, compete in our highly-competitive racing series which your racing lineage, celebrity status and budget mean absolutely nothing.

Driving our identically-prepared Formula race cars, you truly are a professional race car driver.

You’re not a truck driver, mechanic or serving in the other roles, but the focus is racing, being in the cockpit, turning the steering wheel, shifting gears and getting on the brakes and gas. You’re not encumbered with the task of loading up your race car, towing it back and forth to the track.

You’re not spending all your time and money working on the car. Instead, you’re able to race without buying and maintaining the car, truck and other equipment. We provide the coaching, race cars, pit crews, driving suits and helmets. It is truly “arrive and drive.”

Race day includes the following: driver’s meeting, instruction in the Roos street cars, practice, qualifying and TWO races. It’s the maximum racing experience for the least amount of money.

You have the option of enrolling in a single race or the entire series with the 2020 season opener just days away, March 20-21 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla.

Other venues include: Pocono Raceway, Virginia International Raceway and New Jersey Motorsports Park. The races are held on a variety of configurations at the different venues.

Visit our schedule and pricing page or call 1-800 RACE NOW to speak with one of our racing professionals.

Jasper Ends Strong to Capture Winter Series Title

KERSHAW, S.C. — Philip Jasper scored three wins in the final four races to capture the Bertil Roos Winter Series championship for the 2019-20 season.

With events No. 4 and 5 held at the Carolina Motorsports Park, Jasper trailed Dai by 11 points coming into the weekend. However, Jasper found the layout to his liking, setting a fast time of 1:48.36 around the 2.23-mile road course.

Jasper parlayed that strong start into a victory in the first of two Saturday Group 1 races. Chris Willcox posted a second-place finish with Gabe Jasper rounding out the podium finishers. Bob Perlmutter and Joe Dounchis took the other top-five spots as Dai suffered the misfortune of a DNF.

Gabe Jasper had the winning formula in the second Group 1 race with Willcox again taking runner-up honors. Dai made up some lost ground with his third-place finish, while Perlmutter and Charles Shiner rounded out the top five. Philip Jasper wound up seventh.

It set the stage for a Sunday showdown which started with Willcox posting the top qualifying time of 1:49.32.

Philip Jasper charged from fourth to first and won the first Sunday Group 1 race. Dai kept the pressure on with his second-place finish. Perlmutter got his first podium of the weekend, followed by Shiner and Willcox.

With the championship on the line, Philip Jasper was up to the challenge, capturing his third win of the weekend and sixth of the season. Willcox finished up a strong showing with his third runner-up finish, while Dai was third for his third podium finish. Gabe Jasper and Perlmutter made up the rest of the top five.

GROUP 2

The action was fast in Saturday’s Group 2 event where Joe Lattanzi started off the weekend with a quick lap of 1:50.58. Reiner Oberst assumed the point during the race and he went on to capture the race win ahead of second-place Kirk Weatherman. Bryan Sircely finished third with Vinnie Virga and Craig Curran rounding out the top five.

Oberst and Weatherman repeated with another 1-2 finish in the second Group 2 race. Virga battled to a podium finish in third. Ben Corson and Curran took the fourth and fifth-place spots.

Lattanzi was again fast in Sunday qualifying. His time of 1:50.95 set the pace, but Weatherman had the winning formula during the race. Weatherman outran Lattanzi to the finish line with Oberst coming home third. Sircely was fourth and Corson wound up fifth.

Weatherman completed the Sunday sweep with the win in the second Group 2 race. Corson was runner-up for his best finish and Lattanzi completed his big weekend with the final podium spot. Oberst had another solid showing in fourth and Curran completed the top five.

FINAL STANDINGS

Philip Jasper won the title by four points over Dai, although Weatherman accumulated the most points over the course of the season before drops. The final results were Jasper with 190 points, followed by Dai with 186. Weatherman was third with 182 points with Gabe Jasper at 179 and Willcox at 171 rounding out the top five.

OTHER AWARDS
Charles Shiner won the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award which goes to the driver who best embodies the spirit of Bertil Roos. Factors such as mentoring younger drivers, keeping a positive energy and bringing a spirit of community amongst the drivers are all taken into account.

Chris Willcox was honored as the Hard Charger of the Year that goes to the driver who has the most position gains from qualifying over the course of the season. 

Bryan Sircely earned the Rookie of the Year after finishing eighth in the overall point standings.

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.

Bertil Roos Racing School Announces Partnership with Tire Streets

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Bertil Roos Racing School (BRRS) and Tire Streets announce a partnership that will see Tire Streets become the Exclusive Tire Supplier of Bertil Roos Racing School.

Tire Streets is an online tire retailer that is focused on making it easy and affordable for drivers to have access to quality performance tires. Their involvement in the grassroots community and efforts to provide emerging drivers with the opportunity to race makes this partnership with Bertil Roos Racing School a perfect fit.

“We’re very excited to be working with such a legendary school. To be a part of growing the sport and its education is the foundation we’ve built Tire Streets on, “ says Kaylee Zozos, Tire Streets’ eCommerce Manager.

Tire Streets will be supplying Bertil Roos with the Accelera PHI-R tire, a versatile, all-season performance tire with 400 treadwear that works well for both drift and track applications.

In addition to the partnership as the exclusive tire supplier of Bertil Roos Racing School, Tire Streets will also have logo placement for Accelera tires on each BRRS vehicle along with marketing material, including discount codes that students can redeem on the Tire Streets website.

“Street tires on a formula car can show an extreme amounts of wear with a lot of cornering and braking loads on a light car,” Bertil Roos Racing School President Dennis Macchio said. “When we put Accelera tires on the car, they not only performed well during our testing, but proved to be an extremely durable and long-lived tire.”

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

About Tire Streets:
Born in 2018, Tire Streets is an online retailer that is driven by the mission to make racing affordable by offering quality products at a revolutionary price. Tire Streets currently sells Accelera-branded performance tires for street, race, and rally applications. Learn more at www.tirestreets.com.

About Accelera Tires:
Made in Indonesia by PT. Elangperdana Tyre Industry (EP Tyres), Accelera tires are ultra-high performance tires designed for elegance and safety. Accelera is distributed in over 90 countries and includes a portfolio of tires for different competitive applications including drifting, rally, and autocross as well as daily driving applications. To learn more, visit www.acceleratire.com .

Bertil Roos Racing School Graduate Andretti Finishes Sixth in Indy Lights Debut

Jarett Andretti once again showed the versatility his famous racing family is known for and it comes as no accident.

 

In his Indy Lights series debut, Andretti finished sixth in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduate of Bertil Roos Racing School and a coaching client of BRRS President Dennis Macchio, his success on the “World’s Most Famous Race Track” is no surprise.

 

While Indianapolis is a nearly rectangular-shaped track with four tight corners, Andretti adapted well to its unique challenges. The training he received from Bertil Roos Racing School in the highly-technical, European-style road racing made for a smooth transition.

 

In the May 24 race, Andretti had the sixth fastest practice time at 193.839 mph in a Dallara chassis. After not posting a qualifying lap, he had to start on the grid. He came back in the race to finish right outside the top five.

 

As an Indianapolis native and the seventh member of his family to race on the famous track, it was a dream come true for the son of former IndyCar and NASCAR winner John Andretti.

“There’s something about this place,” Jarett said. “There’s an allure here that you can’t replicate. Obviously being born in Indianapolis, it has an even more special meaning and seeing your dad compete here among all your other family members.”

 

Those family members include great-uncle Mario, who ranks amongst the all-time greats in motorsports history as the 1969 winner of the Indianapolis 500. In fact, Mario Andretti is the only man to win a Formula One World Championship, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

 

Other family members include Michael Andretti, now one of IndyCar’s top car owners, and his cousin, Marco, who raced in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

 

Besides their history at Indianapolis, the Andretti family also has a long history with Bertil Roos Racing School. Michael Andretti, is a BRRS graduate, coached by the school’s founder Bertil Roos.

 

Since Jarett participated in Bertil Roos Racing School in 2011 at Virginia International Raceway, he has raced in a variety of cars and series. He won the Eastern Pavement championship for the USAC Midgets, has been a track champion on the 3/8-mile clay oval in Lawrenceburg (Ind.) and was the winner of the nationally-televised Indiana Sprint Car Series.

 

Also an accomplished sports car racer, he competed in the 50thanniversary of the 24 Hours of Daytona and in the Pirelli World Challenge.    

 

To get the quality instruction like Andretti and other pros have received or to experience the ultimate thrill of driving an open-cockpit car on top racing circuit, visit racenow.comor call 1-800-RACE NOW.