Collins wins GTS; Bell Closer to Lights Championship

Barber Dodge Pro Series driver coach and Skip Barber Racing School instructor Kelly Collins was part of a 3-man factory Corvette effort that claimed the GTS victory at Road Atlanta. The outcome of this class was decided only five miles from the...

Barber Dodge Pro Series driver coach and Skip Barber Racing School instructor Kelly Collins was part of a 3-man factory Corvette effort that claimed the GTS victory at Road Atlanta. The outcome of this class was decided only five miles from the end of the 1000-mile race. Skip Barber trained Butch Leitzinger and his team scored a Top-10 result as well, finishing eighth with their Team Cadillac entry.

Barber Dodge Pro Series veteran Townsend Bell narrowed the gap between himself and the series points leader by taking second place at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston in CART Dayton Indy Lights competition. The race was a showcase of Skip Barber trained talent as five of the Top-10 spots were Barber Dodge alumni. Bell, who now trails the championship points leader by four points, completed the 45 laps of the 1.527-mile temporary road circuit just 1.2 seconds behind the winner. Fellow Barberites Geoff Boss (4th), Chris Menninga (5th), Andy Boss (9th) and Tony Renna (10th) rounded out the other Barber Dodge Pro Series trained entries that finished in the Top-10.

On the main card of the Houston weekend, Skip Barber grads took three of the Top-10 spots in Champ Car action. The 1994 Barber Pro Series veteran Juan Montoya took second place honors ahead of championship title contender Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, fifth and tenth, respectively. Last weekend at Indianapolis, Montoya was confirmed by the BMW-Williams team as a driver for their Formula 1 campaign over the next two seasons.

Daniel Wheldon, Rocky Moran Jr. and William Langhorne were three of the Skip Barber trained racers in CART Toyota Atlantic Series action that earned Top-10 honors in Houston. Wheldon, the PPI Motorsports driver who recently participated in Skip Barber Racing School lapping exercises, ran strong and finished fourth at Houston. Fellow Skip Barber grads Rocky Moran Jr. and William Langhorne earned fifth and eighth place results, respectively.

In NASCAR action, Jeff Burton led all Skip Barber trained drivers with a third place showing at the NAPA AutoCare 500 held at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Burton led a substantial 202 of the requisite 500 laps on the .526-mile speedway. Winston Cup leader Bobby Labonte, who finished in 10th place and recovered from a late spin, now holds a 213-point lead for the championship title. Jeff Gordon (5th) and Jimmy Spencer (7th) join Burton and Labonte as the other Skip Barber alumni in the Top-10.

- Andrew Torres

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