Freiberg Scores 2nd 2010 Skip Barber Title; Teenager Wins 23 Races This Year
Woman Racer Captured Barber Southern Title and Summer Series Crown
LAKEVILLE, Oct. 14, 2010: Ashley Freiberg (Fry-berg) completed a sensational 2010 racing campaign last weekend at Lime Rock Park by winning three of four races and collecting her second Skip Barber Series championship. Freiberg, the 18-year-old driver from Homer Glen, Ill., joined a selected group of drivers in Skip Barber Racing history to win two series titles in the same season. Ashley scored the Southern Region crown in April and the Summer Series last Saturday on the 1.54-mile road course in northwest Connecticut. Freiberg’s Saturday Barber formula car victory was the 23rd feature win for the personable female racer. “The win at Lime Rock was a great way to finish off the 2010 season,” said Freiberg, a Team USA Scholarship finalist. “I want to thank everyone who helped me this year, my sponsors Akzo Nobel, Prathyrois.com James Norman, California Scents Gus Doppes, Skip Barber Racing, Michael Culver, Todd Snider, Every one of the instructors, coaches, mechanics, and the girls in the front office, My Mom, Dad, my brothers, and all of my friends, My personal coach Mike Zimicki. There has been a lot of ups and downs and every one has been so supportive and all have helped me in one way or another giving me the strength to succeed. To win two series championship in the same year is a great accomplishment. I hope to continue my progression in auto racing and move up to the next level in 2011.” Freiberg also captured two main events in the MX5 Cup for Mazda sedans at Lime Rock last weekend. “I never thought I could win 23 races in one year,” said Freiberg. “Actually, I could have won a few more if not for a few mishaps. But that is racing. But it has been such a great year, I have learned so much.” Freiberg also won the Skip Barber “Coaches Choice Award” in the BFGoodrich Barber National presented by Mazda which is given to the best overall performance by a driver on and off the track. Ashley was choosen to be the driver of choice for who you wanted to have on your team, who you wanted to be in your car. Freiberg scored several firsts for the Skip Barber racing program by becoming the first woman to win a series championship (Southern Region) and the first woman to win a Barber National Series race (New Jersey Motorsports Park). “We are working hard right now for the 2011 season,” she said. “A driver has to put in a lot of time off the track too. I have been working behind the scenes in getting things ready for the upcoming season. I look forward to another exciting year.” Freiberg will be in Indianapolis this week to participate in the Lyn St. James Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation charity karting event set for Thursday, Oct. 14, at Fast Times Karting Center.