November 25, 2013
It's been an awesome weekend! It all started off on Friday when my dad and I gave our 6 Simple Machines© presentation to about 150 middle schoolers at Augusta Preparatory Day School. The kids seemed to really enjoy it, and there were even a couple of karters in the group! Then on Saturday, I had the opportunity to ride in an original '65 Cobra signed by Caroll Shelby himself! It was the ride of a life time! Now onto planning for next year.
November 11, 2013
This past week has been super crazy. For Monday and Tuesday, I was at one of my favorite tracks, Road Atlanta, for a Skip Barber 2 Day Advanced School. Even though this was a driving school, I was using it to prepare for the shootout next week as we had the opportunity to do a lot of lapping at speed. I then flew up to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a 6 Simple Machines presentation my dad and I did on Thursday at the Carnegie Science Center which went well. It was a bit of a different atmosphere than we are used to. Usually, we are in a classroom, but at Carnegie we were in a super fancy presentation room with 8 different projectors and screens around the room! Also, we usually present to middle schoolers but on Thursday, we presented to high schoolers. It was cool because I met some kids who used to go to school with someone I raced against in karting! There were also a couple of others who raced dirt ovals, motocross, and SCCA Autocross. The building itself was quite impressive with multiple levels and some cool robotics. They had one exhibit where you could play air hockey against a robot and another one - foosbal!
Monday will bring the start of the Skip Barber Championship Shootout in which I will be competing for a $200,000 scholarship to move into the USF2000 Series. The competition will be extremely tough so I am looking forward to it!
October 4, 2013
After a nice 8 hour flight, I was of course anxious to head off to the scenic Anglesey Circuit in Wales for the final round of the Avon Tyres Formula Ford National Championship. Going into the weekend, I was 3rd in the standings - 10 points behind the points leader.
The weekend started off really well as I paced the field the second half of Friday practice. The momentum carried over to Saturday and I qualified on pole, my second of the year. This was crucial as it gave me two extra bonus points towards the championship. After finishing second in Race 1 and Race 2, and ending up with fastest lap in both races, I was 11 points behind the leader heading into the final race of the series. I had a good jump off the line, but unfortunately, I still lost the lead. I regrouped though and squeaked by for the point a couple of laps later. I then went on to lead the rest of the race to take my fourth win of the year. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the championship, and I came up just short by 3 points.
In the end, it is a tough pill to swallow to lose the championship by the smallest of margins. I cannot help but look back at the races where, if I had finished one position better, the results would have been different. But I am happy with how my first year of car racing went, and I am pleased with my progression. I have a couple of things to iron out so I just need to keep improving!
September 25, 2013
I'm off to England again for the final round of the 2013 BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford Championship! The race weekend format at the Anglesey Circuit will feature a qualifying session and three races. I sit third in the points, 10 points behind the leader. It will certainly be a tough task to overthrow the leader, but I am up to the challenge. Live timing will be available Saturday and Sunday at http://www.tsl-timing.com/?loc=club&season=2013&series=BRSCC&event=club&source=ed_BRSCC&eventid=133931. A time table is available next to the tab "Track Length". All times are are 5 hours ahead of eastern time. Look for me in the Post 89 class!
This past week, my dad and I were in the Charleston area where we did three 6 Simple Machines presentations. The first presentation was given to a group of about 30 home schoolers. The next presentation was at St. Andrew's School of Math and Science with about 125 fifth graders. After the presentation I was literally swarmed and was signing autographs for about 10 minutes which was pretty fun! To close out the day, we did a much smaller group (15-20 kids) at an after school group. Check out the article about 6 Simple Machines here. http://www.moultrienews.com/article/20130918/MN06/130919716/0/MN&slId=1
Overall, I think everyone really enjoyed the program. Everyone seemed very attentive and excited. Looking forward to doing more!
September 18, 2013
That was certainly the case this weekend at Mid Ohio! After being out of a Skip Barber car for six months, it was quite a weird feeling getting back into the seat for the first practice. It's definitely a big transition from a Formula Ford!
Anyway, after a decent Friday practice day, we went straight into qualifying on Saturday morning. I was a bit disappointed with where I ended up in the session (5th), but I didn't have a draft on my fast lap which makes a big difference in the Skippy cars. I didn't have a great start for Race 1 as aI fell back a position, but I regained the position and was battling for 4th before a full course caution came out. With just several laps remaining in the race when we went back to green, it was imperative that I had a good start. I did, and I moved up to 3rd which enabled me to keep up with the top 2. With two laps to go, I made a move for the lead, but only moved up to 2nd. On the last lap, I had a great run going into Turn 7, and made my move for the lead. But, the 3rd place runner had an awesome double tow and drafted by me for the lead. With passing opportunities running out, i made an aggressive move going into Turn 11 before the carousel. It stuck and I hung on for the win!
In Race 2, I would start from the pole. However, the front row didn't get a great start and we fell back a bit. I battled my way back up to 5th, but with several laps to go, the leaders tangled and I was in position to take advantage of the opportunity to sweep the weekend!
Definitely a crazy weekend, but I couldn't have had a much better return to Skip Barber. Hopefully the shootout in November will go just as well! A link to the video from Race 1 follows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICIv_9ym82o.
On a side note, I did not win the Team USA Scholarship. It was an honor to be a part of the program, this being my first year in cars, so I am walking away with my head held high! A big thanks to everyone who is involved in the program and gave me this opportunity.
September 12, 2013
Looking forward to this weekend as I will be back in a Skip Barber car! I will be attending a Summer Series round at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course which looks pretty awesome. My goal is to re-familiarize myself with the car before the Championship Shootout in November. The Shootout will award the winner a Scholarship to compete in the first step of the Mazda Road to Indy, the USF 2000 Series. I'll keep you guys posted.
September 3, 2013
After a great start to the week at the Team USA Scholarship Shootout, I went straight from Tampa to England. After arriving in the UK, I headed directly to Oulton Park for the next round of the BRSCC Formula Ford National Championship.
I was pretty happy with my practice pace as I ended up P1 in the last session. I also had a great start on Saturday as I was quickest in warm-up. In qualifying I wasn't able to keep it at the top of the charts and I ended up fourth, less than a tenth behind the second quickest time. In the race, I had a good start picking up a position to move to P3. I started to run down the top 2, but a safety car came out bunching the field up again. When the safety car went in, I did not have a good restart at all and I fell back to 4th. Once again, I moved up to 3rd and caught up to the leaders. With a couple of laps left, I made an aggressive move for 2nd and it paid off. I chased down the leader who is also my teammate, and made another aggressive move on the last lap in the same spot where I passed for second. Unfortunately it didn't work out and we made contact. I was able to continue to finish 7th.
I had good pace in practice, but I am pretty disappointed with my result. In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have tried the move and I feel pretty bad for my teammate as well as the team. On the positive side of things, I have learned some valuable lessons.
August 26, 2013
This upcoming week will be keeping me extremely busy. I will be heading down to Andersen RacePark in Florida for the Team USA Scholarship Finals! Super excited for this! Then I catch a flight from Tampa to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Amsterdam, and onto Birmingham, UK where I will be picked up by my "family' at Cliff Dempsey Racing! From Birmingham, we will head to Oulton Park for the next round of the BRSCC Formula Ford National Championship. The race weekend will feature all day practice on Friday, then a warm-up, qualifying, and a race on Saturday. I currently sit 3rd in points counting drops- just 10 points out of first. Coming off the Triple Crown Championship, we are looking to keep up the results! Certainly my busiest week to date, looking forward to it! Official Team USA Scholarship press release follows. http://teamusascholarship.org/?p=2241
August 8, 2013
This past weekend my team and I headed to the historic Brands Hatch circuit for my final race while living in England. Going into the weekend, I was the points leader in the Triple Crown - a sub-series within the National Championship that is comprised of Silverstone, Donington Park, and Brands.
Friday was absolutely crazy as there was an epic downpour before the first practice session. There were rivers flowing across the track!!! Thankfully it dried out and we were one of the quickest.
Qualifying on Saturday couldn't have gone much better as I put the car P1 for Race 1! This was my first pole position in cars. I didn't have a good jump off the line and my teammate was able to grab the hole shot. He pulled a little gap, but then I began to run him down. On the last lap, I was within striking distance and I made my move going into Paddock Hill. We almost touched, but I came out leading. I then managed to hang onto the lead for the remainder of the race for my third win in a row (two at Donington last month)! Unfortunately, Race 2 didn't go quite as well. Once again, I had trouble off the line and my teammate jumped to an early lead. For the remainder of the race, I pushed as hard as I could to catch him, but I made a couple of mistakes which enabled him to stretch more of a gap and allowed third place to reel me in. On the last lap, the third place runner made his move to the outside of Paddock Hill and we then went side by side for the next three turns until he wrestled the spot from me. I would end up 3rd. Check out the last couple of laps from the first race at the following link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7K8jP-MjDw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUtPeU_OjyIi9Qw9tzFM5qjw
I am really happy with the weekend as I was able to come away with the Triple Crown Championship! Also, I am pleased with my improvements over the course of the summer. Thanks to the team (Cliff Dempsey Racing) for all their hard work, all my fans and supporters, and lastly "mum" and dad! Looking forward to the next one!
August 6, 2013
American Skylar Robinson competed this past weekend at Brands Hatch for the final round of the BRSCC Triple Crown Championship as well as a BRSCC Formula Ford National Championship round. Coming into the weekend, Robinson was leading the Triple Crown standings and sitting 4th in the National Championship.
The weekend was started off with a Friday practice day. Conditions ranged from monsoon-like to bone dry, but Skylar showed great pace throughout the swaying conditions.
Saturday would host qualifying, Race 1 and Race 2.
Qualifying went well for Skylar as he would put the car on pole by just under a tenth.
The start to Race 1 proved challenging for Robinson as he would not get a good jump off the line and would fall back to second. Throughout the race, Skylar worked feverishly for a way to pass leader. On the last lap, his chance came and he made an aggressive move down the inside going into Paddock Hill. He made it stick and drove a defensive remainder of the lap to take the win for his third consecutive win.
Race 2 was even more challenging. After another poor jump off the line, the young American would once again set his sights on running down the leader. Unfortunately, a couple of mistakes would hinder his progress and drop him back to third where he finished.
Fortunately it was enough to seal the deal on the Triple Crown Championship and lift him up to third in the National Championship.
"I am really happy with my Race 1 result, but I am a little disappointed with Race 2. I made a couple of mistakes which cost me a shot at the win. Big thanks to the team, Cliff Dempsey Racing for all their hard work this weekend. Finally a shout out to all my supporters!"
You can keep up with Skylar on Facebook at Skylar Robinson Motorsports and on Twitter @SRMotorsports6.
July 29, 2013
I'm super excited to announce that I have been chosen as a Team USA Scholarship nominee!!! The Team USA Scholarship is put on by Jeremy Shaw and is a great opportunity for young drivers. The scholarship awards two drivers who are sent to England to race in two of the biggest Formula Ford events in the world, the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy. This upcoming Friday, I will have a video chat interview with a panel judges including Bryan Herta (IndyCar team owner), Mike Hull (Managing Director at Chip Ganassi Racing), Charlie Kimball and Josef Newgarden (IndyCar drivers and former Team USA Scholarship winners).
Here is a link to the Scholarship website. http://teamusascholarship.org
Also coming up this weekend is my final race in England for the Summer. I will be at Brands Hatch for another National Championship round. I'm currently fourth in the championship and leading the Triple Crown which is basically a championship with in a championship. It includes the races at Silverstone, Donington Park, and Brands. After a great weekend at Donington, I'm hoping for more of the same!
July 17, 2013
Had an incredible weekend at Donington Park for the BRSCC National Championship round! We had pretty good speed on the practice day but there were a couple of little things I needed to fix for the races on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, I had a warm-up session where I was quickest. Then, after a qualifying session, I would start the race P4. I didn't have the best of starts and I fell back to 5th, but by the fifth lap, I was up to P1. After me and two others broke away from the rest of the pack, I fell back to 2nd with a couple of laps to go. But luckily for me, the third place runner had a brake problem and took out the leader who was also my teammate. I scooted by for the lead and went on to win my first Formula Ford race in the UK.
For Race 2, I would start P1. I would end up having to defend for most of the race, but I would hold on from heavy pressure for my second race win of the weekend!
It was nothing less than an incredible weekend. Two races and two wins! Big thanks to my team and sponsors, and especially everyone who has supported me through the good and the bad!
July 10, 2013
Super excited to get back to Donington Park this weekend for a National round! I had a good test there a couple weeks ago and it will be the first time I won't have to learn a new track during a National weekend. Looking to learn a lot and we will see where I end up!
July 5, 2013
This past weekend, my team and I went to Oulton Park for a Northern Formula Ford Championship round. I was really excited to come back here because my first Formula Ford race was here so it was a good opportunity to measure how much I have improved.
On Friday we had a lot of track time which was nice. I was really quick in the rain, but I was struggling a bit in the dry. Thankfully, I picked up the pace on Saturday in the dry. I qualified 3rd about a tenth off pole. The first race was an "invitational" race for my class, the Post 89 class. This means we would start at the back of the the Pre 90 class after a 30 second gap. I got a great jump off the line and was up to 1st by Turn 1. The top three broke away from the rest of the Post 89 grid and we began to catch a lot of traffic. I didn't have quite the raw speed that the other two in the top 3 had, but I was able to work through traffic and get a gap. During the closing stages of the race I was caught and passed which moved me to 2nd, where I ended up. For the second race, I would once again start 3rd. I had another good start to move up to 2nd. The second race was similar to the first race, just without all the traffic and the fact I ended up 3rd.
I am a little bit disappointed with my results. The good thing though is that I did improve. My next race is July 11-14 at Donington Park. I am really looking forward to going back there!
June 27, 2013
Due to a lack of entries at the Mallory Park race scheduled for last Sunday, I didn't attend. Instead, I will be racing at Oulton Park this weekend, a Northern Championship round. You can follow me live in the Post 89 class on Saturday at http://www.tsl-timing.com/?loc=club&season=2013&series=BRSCC&event=club&source=ed_BRSCC&eventid=132631. Morning warm-up starts at 9:00 GMT, qualifying at 11:45, Race 1 at 14:45, and Race 2 at 16:30. My first race in Formula Ford was here, so I am looking forward to going back and seeing how much I improved!
June 13, 2013
My first visit to the Silverstone Circuit was fun, but quite frustrating. For the third round of the Formula Ford National Championship, we would use the National configuration. The weekend didn't start off very well as I had an engine blow up the first session. However, the team did a great job to put a new engine in and not lose too much track time as I only missed one session. Saturday was a day off as we wouldn't be scheduled to qualify and race until Sunday
On Sunday, we started off with a 15 minute qualifying session. I didn't have a great session and qualified P7 for Race 1. The start of the race went well and picked up a few spots. I then drove up to 4th where I finished the race. For the second race, I would have to start 9th as grid positions were set by each competitors second quickest qualifying time. It would be safe to say that I took the "Balls to the wall" approach and I drove my way up to 3rd by the third lap. Unfortunately, I got a little bit to ambitious trying to make a move for 2nd, which resulted in contact. I continued after dropping back to last and losing massive amounts of time, but with a bent track rod. With the remaining laps, I made my way up to 10th.
I was a bit disappointed with my results. I had some good pace, especially in Race 2, but I made a costly mistake that hurt my chances at a strong finish. My next race is June 23 at the historic Mallory Park. I'll keep you posted!
June 7, 2013
Just arrived here in Silverstone for the second round of the BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford National Championship! I will be staying on an RAF base near the track with my teammate and his family, so it should be fun! I'll post updates about testing tomorrow and the qualifying session and both race on Sunday on my Facebook fan page, Skylar Robinson Motorsports. Also, updates will be posted on Twitter and you can follow me @SRMotorsports6. Looking forward to keeping you updated!
May 17, 2013
After a busy week of testing, simulating, and yes, even studying, the team and I made our way to the Anglesey Circuit in Wales for the second round of the BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford National Championship.
The race weekend at the coastal circuit commenced on Friday with four 20 minute practice sessions. All went well and I was one of the top 5 fastest headed into qualifying on Saturday. Qualifying was tricky as it was in damp conditions. However, I ended up 5th. By the time the first race rolled around, it was dry. I had a good start, and even though I didn't gain any positions, I didn't lose any either. I was able to position myself and make up a couple of spots with in the first couple of laps to move up to 3rd, where I finished. Once again, I would have to start in 5th for Race 2 as the grid was set by your second fastest qualifying lap. Before the race was underway, the track was hit with a large amount of rain, essential guaranteeing that we would be racing in the wet. I had a good start off the line and I jumped up to 4th. Several laps later, I made a move for 3rd and started to run down the two leaders. Luckily, 2nd place made a mistake and went off track moving me into 2nd. However, several laps later, 3rd place got by me and I fell back to 3rd. With several laps to go the top 2 started to battle, enabling me to join the battle for the win on the last lap. I was able to slip by 2nd with two wheels in the wet grass going into the tightest turn on the track. However, he was able to get under me going into the next turn. I then pulled a cross over move and secured 2nd spot. With a slight gap to 1st, I started to try and run down the leader, but I ran out of time and ended up P2.
Overall, I had a much better weekend than the first round at Oulton Park. I felt much more comfortable in the car and I can't wait until the next round at the famed Silverstone Circuit!
May 8, 2013
I will be heading back to the UK for the second round of the BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford National Championship this week. I am super excited and can't wait to "redeem" myself after the last outing at Oulton Park. Before the race weekend commences, I will be doing a half day test at Mallory Park to work on my shifting. Additionally, I will have some more time on the F3 simulator to learn the Anglesey Circuit. The track looks incredible as it is right on the Welsh coast over looking the water. Check out the picture below!
April 17, 2013
As soon as the Skip Barber weekend ended, we were off to England for the first round of the BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford Championship. Since we arrived several days before the race weekend started, we took the time to prepare for the weekend.
On Tuesday, the team and I made a custom fitted seat for the car. This involves an expanding foam mixture which forms to your body so you don't move around in the car.
Wednesday was my first day on track in the Formula Ford. The day went well besides a couple of problems we had with the engine misfiring.
Thursday started off with a trip to the West-Tec F3 simulator. The sim involved a carbon fiber F3 tub (in other words, the cockpit), steering wheel, pedals, gear shift lever, and 3 monitors. It was a great way to get some time at the Oulton Park circuit, one of the most challenging in the UK. It was a ton of fun for sure, and it was super cool how you could collect data form the sim and analyze it the way you would at the track. After that, we swung by an English McDonald's before we headed to Oulton. The rumors are true, their Medium drinks are smaller than our Small drinks!
Friday was my first full day in the car. It started off wet, but dried out as the day went on. I made progress throughout the day which I was pleased with, but I was having trouble getting used to the H-pattern gear box. The Skip Barber cars have a sequential, which means the gear shift lever just goes straight forward and backward.
Saturday was race day with qualifying and two races. I had a solid qualifying effort putting the car P5 for my first Formula Ford race, At the start of the first race, I fell back a bit as I didn't have a good jump off the line as it was my first standing start. I fell back to 6th or 7th, but I drove my way back up to the battle for 3rd. After making my way up to 3rd on the last lap, I messed up a down shift and spun. I was able to continue, but I fell back to 7th were I finished. Race 2 didn't go any better. After a much better start, I started to move my way up. Continuing to get faster and faster every lap, I feel that I had a good shot at the podium. Once I got up to 5th, I made a slight mistake which had a big consequence. I turned up a little bit to early for a turn and the tire barrier at the apex took the right front corner off the car. That pretty much ended my race.
Overall, my trip to England was definitely a success. There are a couple of things I need to work on, especially shifting. But, it was great to work with the team (Cliff Dempsey Racing) and my teammate. I had a great time and I can't wait to go back!
Check out a lap of Oulton! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IC8TOl-3jg&list=UUtPeU_OjyIi9Qw9tzFM5qjw&index=1
April, 9, 2013
I traveled to the Sebring International Raceway for the final round of the Skip Barber Winter Series this past weekend. After two rainy practice days, I was ready for some dry racing on Saturday.
I qualified 5th for Race 1. At the start of Race 1, I was able to avoid contact between the 3rd and 1st place drivers and move up to 3rd. But, going into the next turn, I was a bit too cautious trying to avoid a penalty for contact and I was pushed out wide moving me back to 8th. I then made my way back to 3rd within the next few laps. For the remainder of the race, I battle with two others for 3rd and barely missed out on the podium, finishing in 4th. I was able to hold my 4th place starting position for Race 2. Several laps later, the top 3 started to pull away and I ended up battling with 5th. On the last lap, he was able to get around me with help from the massive draft that develops on the long back straight. I finished Race 2 in 5th, but a penalty assigned to the 2nd place finisher moved me up to 4th.
I think I could have been more aggressive on the starts, but I ended up 3rd in the championship with Rookie of the Year and also an entry into the Champions Shootout in which you compete for a USF2000 ride.
Right now, I'm in England and today I was fitted for my seat. Tomorrow, I hit the track for my first time in a Formula Ford, and this weekend will be my first Formula Ford race!
March 11, 2013
I am excited to announce that over the summer, I will be moving up to British Formula Ford. I can't wait to go against the competition and discover a new country! Check out my press release here! http://www.eformulacarnews.com/news_info.php?n=12106&sid=5e70c3c6a585a40b10a69faee4516ad
February 14, 2013
Ready for an awesome weekend in Sebring! Today, we hit the track for lapping. I will be looking to rebound, especially after a tough weekend in Homestead. I will keep you updated! Also, I would like to announce a new partner- C.J. Robinson Wax
January 23, 2013
This past week, my dad and I traveled down to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the third round of the Skip Barber Winter Series. Going into the weekend, I only had a 3 point lead over second place in the the championship standings. A couple of strong runs would be critical to increase my lead.
Practice on Thursday and Friday went well, but I would need some speed to be able to challenge for wins.
Qualifying for my first group went well... until I went off track due to a brake problem. This resulted in a penalty that moved me from 2nd all the way back to 15th. I knew for the race I would have to have a great start so I could draft the leaders. Unfortunately, I didn't have the best of starts and by the time I cleared the second pack, the leaders were too far ahead. I kept pushing though, and I went off track. I received a drive through penalty and finished Race 1 in 12th.
Things looked much more promising in qualifying for my second group. I posted the 3rd fastest lap and kept the car on track. I had a good start for Race 2 and I moved up 2nd before the first turn. Later that lap, I made my bid for the lead and took the spot. After leading for a couple of laps, 2nd place tried to pass me, but I held on to the spot. This slowed both of us down and it allowed the second lead pack to catch up. Several laps later, 2nd once again made a move for the lead, but this time took the spot. I then popped to the inside going into a hairpin with no intentions of passing to distract the leader, and he let me go under braking. The next turn he tried to repass me. Unfortunately, a guy from 5th who was making a pass on 4th braked too late and collected us both ending my race. Check out the video from Race 2 at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqxNf4vBDjQ&list=UUtPeU_OjyIi9Qw9tzFM5qjw&index=1.
It was a tough weekend, especially from a points stand-point. I'll just have to get them next race weekend!
January 16, 2013
After a solid start to the Skip Barber Winter Series, I am looking to increase my points lead this weekend in Homestead, Florida. There will be some tough competition so it should be a ton of fun! You can follow me on Twitter, Skylar Robinson@SRMotorsp0rts, and on Facebook at Skylar Robinson Motorsports for updates throughout the weekend. Looking forward to updating you!