Based in Georgia, Brett Johnson is a Contributing Editor for UniversityofSpeed.net and a graduate of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism. Brett currently resides in Georgia where he works in motorsports as a Marketing Coordinator at Skip Barber Racing School.
Conor Daly, a second generation race driver, started racing with Skip Barber in 2007 and won the 2008 Skip Barber National Championship. That same year he was recognized as the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of Year and won the prestigious Walter Hayes Formula Ford 1600 Trophy in Silverstone, England representing Team USA. After sweeping Formula Star Mazda in 2010, Daly dabbled in Firestone Indy Lights and the GP3 Series. He currently drives for Lotus GP in the Formula One support series, GP3.
Dennis started his racing career at the age of 14 with karts at IMA in Port Charlotte, FL. After winning many races and never missing a podium, Dennis moved to Senior Tag before progressing to Skip Barber Racing School in 2009. After a year of karting and excelling in open-wheeled formula cars, 17 year old Trebing won the Skip Barber Racing School Southern Series Championship! In the same year, Dennis competed with 50 of the best karting drivers, and won a prestigious scholarship at the Skip Barber Shootout. Dennis Trebing made history in 2012 with his 2nd place finish in the championship in the Volkswagen Motorsports Scirocco R-Cup as the best finishing American in a Volkswagen Series in Europe.
Julia caught the racing bug at age 10 when she started racing go-karts with her family. Julia smoothly transitioned to racing cars at age 13 when she joined the Skip Barber Racing Series. She made history at the age of 14 as the youngest and first female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series when she won the 2006 Eastern Series Sportsman Class. Julia has explored all types of racing, from Formula BMW to Ford Focus Midgets. Now officially a NASCAR Driver, and a multiple-time amateur champion, Julia races in the Whelen All-American Late Model Series and the INEX U.S. Legends Cars Series.
Last year Koch won the Skip Barber Summer MAZDASPEED Challenge Series earning him a seat in the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge that is a feeder system into the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup. His goal is to be a pro racer in Grand-Am.
Mark Patterson, originally from South Africa, started racing with Skip Barber in 1999. He was the Most Improved Driver for the Skip Barber Eastern Series in 2001 and the Master’s Champion for the Skip Barber Eastern Series in 2003. After Skip Barber, Patterson has raced all over the world while competing in the Ferrari Challenge, Star Mazda, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class, FIA European GT3 Series, Blancpain Endurance Series and American Le Mans. He has raced in the 24-Hours of Daytona, 12-Hours of Sebring, Spa 24 Hour, Bathurst 12 Hour, Dubai 12 Hour and Petit Le Mans. His best finish at the 24-Hour of Daytona was 2nd place in 2006 with Michael Shank Racing. He also finished 2nd in the LMP2 class at Petit Le Mans in 2011.
Spencer grew up in a racing family, but didn't actually begin his racing career until his first visit to the Skip Barber Racing School as an adult. With 2 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona victories and multiple starts at the 24 Hours of LeMans, Spencer is now a sought-after sports car racing veteran who is currently driving for Flying Lizard Motorsports in the 2013 Grand-Am Series GTC season.
Trent Hindman first competed in the World Karting Association in 2005. In 2010 Hindman participated in the Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout where he earned a scholarship to compete in the full 2011 season of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda. While running in Skip Barber National Series, Hindman posted an impressive 10 poles, 8 wins, and 12 podiums finishes to win the Ontario Formula Ford Championship with Brian Graham Racing Team Grote. This performance earned him the Team USA Scholarship which allowed him to race in England. The 17-year-old Hindman just completed his first season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 series which he finished 5th overall in points.