After a busy – but successful – 2013, Aquinas senior Skylar Robinson is looking to take the next step in his young racing career.
Robinson recently announced he’s joining the F2000 Championship Series for 2014, competing in the 14-race series for Eric Langbein Racing. He will run alongside 2013 F2000 champion Tim Minor. The series begins in April.
Robinson, a 17-year-old who also runs cross country for Aquinas, is coming off a big year in 2013, when he was named British Racing and Sports Car Club Formula Ford National Vice Champion and a Team USA scholarship finalist.
He was also the Formula Ford Triple Crown champion last year and finished second in the national championship in England.
“I wouldn’t say I thought I would progress that quickly,” Robinson said. “It’s been a lot, but it’s been a lot of fun. We’ll see what this year brings.”
Robinson said his goal is to win the F2000 championship in his first year. The series uses 2-liter Ford Zetec engines, which he said provide more power, and aerodynamics allow for greater downforce than what he has experienced in the past.
The series races on several well-known tracks across the East Coast, including Watkins Glen in New York, Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway.
“It’s a good proving ground,” Robinson said. “A lot of pro series go to those tracks, so if you can get experience at a lower level, when you move up to the next level, you’ll have time at that track so you’ll be better prepared.”
Along with the time required to remain on Aquinas’ honor roll each year, Robinson runs 6 Simple Machines, an educational presentation where he takes a racing kart to schools and ties racing technology to education and life skills. He said he has traveled around the East Coast doing presentations.
“It’s to try to get people excited about racing, and helps kids realize there’s more to it than just driving,” he said. “There’s a whole mechanical side.”
Robinson’s father, Chip Robinson, is a former professional driver who teamed to win the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1987 and 12 Hours of Sebring in 1989, considered two of the biggest endurance races in the world.
Skylar first began racing karts at 11 years old and promptly won three national championships and two state championships in Florida. His father has been by his side throughout, which has helped Skylar develop as a driver.
“It’s always been great to have him there because he’s been there, done that,” Skylar said. “He knows what it takes and he can guide me down the right path. It helps a lot to have him there.”