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July 28, 2011
Skip Barber: Another Strong Weekend at Road Atlanta for Hindman
 

Trent Hindman extended his Skip Barber National top-five streak to 10 at Road Atlanta (Photo: Jim Altemus - altemusprime.com)
Trent Hindman extended his Skip Barber National top-five streak to 10 at Road Atlanta
(Photo: Jim Altemus - altemusprime.com)

WAYSIDE, N.J. (July 27, 2011) – MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman ran his streak of top-five finishes in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda to 10 this past weekend at Road Atlanta, while solidifying his hold on third place in the championship and making his case for Rookie of the Year.

The plan for Thursday afternoon’s qualifying session was simple; Hindman and fellow Jonatan Jorge Racing Development driver Scott Anderson would stay in the pits at the beginning of the session, wait for the rest of the field to start mixing it up and then take to the track to work together in a two-car draft. After giving the pack a head start, the duo headed out on track and started their qualifying runs. Almost immediately Hindman ran into trouble with the brakes in his Formula Skip Barber.

“From the start of the session the brake pedal felt soft,” noted Hindman after the session. “I was able to slow the car enough with the engine, but it was a bit unsettling.”

Despite the brake issues, later traced to a faulty master cylinder, Hindman ran a lap of 1:35.716, good enough for fourth on the grid and only 0.840 sec. behind polesitter… Scott Anderson.

After dropping back at the start, Hindman worked his way to the front of the main pack, taking his turn in the lead on laps three, five and seven, before dropping back into the field to set himself up for the finish. The plan called for Hindman to hang toward the back of the pack late. Then, using the draft on the all-important back straight, he would slingshot past the field on the way down to turn 10; taking an outside line in order to have the preferred line exiting turn 10a for the downhill run to the finish.

It was all going to plan until the pack got to the turn 10 complex on the next-to-last lap, where contact mid-pack between the cars of Danilo Estrela and Thomas McGregor created a gap between the front three cars of Anderson, Brandon Newey and Sebastian Ordonez, and Hindman and the rest of the pack. With one lap to go there wasn’t enough time to close the gap and they finished in that order, with Anderson picking up his fourth win of the season. Hindman was disappointed in how the race played out, talking about it even after Round 10 on Saturday.

“The race was going right to plan. I had myself where I needed to be before the incident. I’m glad I didn’t get caught up in the crash but it happened so late in the race I didn’t have enough time to close the gap back up.”

Friday morning’s qualifying session quickly turned from a contest of speed to a contest of wills, as drivers circulated at a reduced speed; each trying to get the other to make a move so they would have someone to draft off of on that long back straight. Lap after lap the field would race en masse down to turn seven and then spread out and crawl down the back straight toward turn 10. Eventually, one driver after another bit the bullet and took a flier. When the session was over, Hindman qualified third for Round 10 with a 1:35.400 sec. lap; 0.904 behind California Scents Pole Award winner Sebastian Ordonez and his 1:34.495.

The opening laps of the race were a demonstration of teamwork between JJRD drivers, as Hindman and Anderson broke away from the pack in a two-car draft; each taking a turn at the point to help keep their cars cool in the hot Georgia weather (temperature at race time was 97 degrees with high humidity). After opening as much as a 15-car lead, the pair was slowly reeled in by the rest of the field, setting up an exciting run to the finish. At the white flag, Newey led, followed by Anderson, Hindman and Shelby Blackstock, who came from seventh on the grid to fourth mostly by himself.

Hindman held station, leaving first and second in points to decide the win between them. When Newey ran wide at the exit of 10A, Hindman was in a position to pounce, leading Blackstock and McGregor through and taking second place, a half second back from Anderson.

“I was in a position to go for the lead, but I knew that if I didn’t make the pass stick I would have probably been shuffled back like Brandon. The last place you want to be before turn 10 is the lead because you’re a sitting duck. The win would have been nice, but I’ll take the points and move on to Lime Rock Park.”

Hindman resumes his quest for the Ontario Formula Ford Championship with BGR Team Grote on August 6-7 at Mosport. Results and standings are available at http://www.offcseries.com The following weekend Hindman and the drivers of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda return to Lime Rock Park for Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2011 season. Follow the action live on your smart phone with Race Monitor, available at your phone’s app store, or semi-live at http://www.twitter.com by following either @SkipBarberNatl or @altemus_prime.

Trent Hindman, 15, began racing karts at his local track at the age of eight. In 2005 he began racing and winning in World Karting Association (WKA) and Stars of Karting competition before moving up to cars with the Skip Barber Racing School in early 2009. Hindman’s goal is to progress through the “Mazda Road to Indy” program, culminating in a ride in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Hindman would like to thank MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Skip Barber Racing School, Sparco, Premier Woodcraft, Racelite Protection and Altemus Prime Communications for their support. This season Trent is working with Jonatan Jorge Racing Development and is looking forward to being coached by Jonatan Jorge.

Away from the track, Hindman is a sophomore at Ocean Township High School in Oakhurst, N.J. He resides in Wayside, N.J. with his parents Doug and Kim and his sister Sloane. Learn more about Trent Hindman at http://www.trenthindman.com.

The BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda is an entry level professional racing championship that conducts 16 races (eight events) around North America. Drivers compete in equally prepared and randomly selected Formula Skip Barber racecars; single-seat open wheel racecars powered by a 150 horsepower engine.

As an integral step in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder, the Skip Barber National Champion will receive a scholarship to compete in a full season of the 2012 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. The winner of the USF2000 Championship in turn receives scholarships to compete in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, a part of the Mazda Road to Indy. The Skip Barber National is the series that launched the auto racing careers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos and many more. The top ten drivers in the Skip Barber National Series point standings will also receive prizes and awards to aid in the development of their motorsports careers. Learn more about the Skip Barber National at http://www.skipbarber.com

Founded in 1998 by racer Brian Graham, BGR Team Grote has established itself as one of the premiere teams in North American Formula Ford racing, winning races and competing for championships in SCCA and Canadian Formula Ford competition. BGR Team Grote alumni include Indy Lights and GP3 Series competitor Conor Daly, USF2000 driver Spencer Pigot and ALMS Le Mans Prototype Challenge driver Kyle Marcelli. Learn more about BGR Team Grote at http://www.briangrahamracing.com

The Ontario Formula Ford Championship (OFFC) is a competitive, economical and very enjoyable series of races designed to challenge everyone from the budding professional to the seasoned master and of course welcoming rookies of all ages. Featuring fields in excess of 30 cars, in 2008 OFFC was ranked second most competitive Formula Ford series in the world by eformulacarsnews.com, just behind the British Formula Ford Championship. Learn more about the Ontario Formula Ford Championship at http://www.offcseries.com
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