|Born||November 16, 1936|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1971 – 1972|
|Races||6 (5 starts)|
|First race||1971 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Last race||1972 United States Grand Prix|
Barber started racing in 1958 while studying at Harvard University, where he earned a degree in English.
In the mid-1960s, he won three SCCA national championships in a row and finished third in the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship. Later, Barber went on to win consecutive Formula Ford National Championships (1969 and 1970), a record tied only recently.
At the start of the 1971 season he purchased a March 711, which he planned to take back to the United States and race in the U.S. Formula 5000 series. Before he did so, he took part in the Monaco Grand Prix, Dutch Grand Prix, United States Grand Prix, and Canadian Grand Prix in a privately funded March. He returned to the U.S. and Canadian races again in 1972. After that he raced GT cars.
Retirement leads to Skip Barber Racing
When his racing career ended, Barber's belief that auto racing was "coachable" in the same manner as any other sport—at the time, a distinctly minority position—led him to create the eponymously named racing school, and a year later the equal-car race series.
In 1975, with two borrowed Lola Formula Fords and four students, Barber started the Skip Barber School of High Performance Driving. In 1976 it was renamed the Skip Barber Racing School, and that same year he created the Skip Barber Race Series.
Barber remains active in motor sports today as the owner and operator of Lime Rock Park, a road-racing venue in the north-western hills of Connecticut. He lives in the nearby town of Sharon, with wife Judy.
Complete Formula One results
|1971||Gene Mason Racing||March 711||Cosworth V8||RSA||ESP||MON
|1972||Gene Mason Racing||March 711||Cosworth V8||ARG||RSA||ESP||MON||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||ITA||CAN
- Lime Rock Park: 35 Years of Racing, by Rich Taylor, Sharon Mountain Press, 1992, page 153, ISBN 0-9633994-0-3