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Skip Barber

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Skip Barber
Born (1936-11-16) November 16, 1936 (age 87)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19711972
TeamsPrivateer March
Entries6 (5 starts)
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1971 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry1972 United States Grand Prix

John "Skip" Barber III (born November 16, 1936) is an American retired racecar driver who is most famous for previously owning and founding the Skip Barber Racing Schools.

Driving career[edit]

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 won 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 in 1972. After that, he raced GT cars.

Retirement leads to Skip Barber Racing[edit]

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 divested from the racing school in 1999.[1]

Barber was the owner and operator of Lime Rock Park, a road-racing venue in Connecticut. In April 2021 he sold the facility to Lime Rock Group, LLC. He maintains a minority stake. He lives in the nearby town of Sharon, CT with wife Judy.

Barber was inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame on March 2, 2013.[2]

Racing record[edit]

SCCA National Championship Runoffs[edit]

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1969 Daytona Caldwell D9 Ford Kent Formula Ford 1 20 Running
1970 Road Atlanta Tecno Ford Kent Formula Ford 1 4 Running
1971 Road Atlanta Tecno Ford Formula B 1 3 Running

Complete Formula One results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
1971 Gene Mason Racing March 711 Cosworth V8 RSA ESP MON
NC 0
1972 Gene Mason Racing March 711 Cosworth V8 ARG RSA ESP MON BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN
NC 0


  1. ^ Westbrook, Justin T. (2017-05-22). "Skip Barber Racing School Has Filed For Bankruptcy: Report". Jalopnik: Black Flag. Gizmodo Media Group. Archived from the original on 2017-06-04.
  2. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (January 8, 2013). "Notes: Rahal among five elected to SCCA Hall". IndyCar. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  • Lime Rock Park: 35 Years of Racing, by Rich Taylor, Sharon Mountain Press, 1992, page 153, ISBN 0-9633994-0-3