Three drivers nominated for award

INDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2000) -- Three standout drivers from the American Le Mans Series have been nominated for the 2000 Auto Racing All-America Team, a 12-driver group chosen by the motorsports media. Nominated in the road racing category...

INDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2000) -- Three standout drivers from the American Le Mans Series have been nominated for the 2000 Auto Racing All-America Team, a 12-driver group chosen by the motorsports media.

Nominated in the road racing category were Allan McNish of Scotland, who has won five ALMS races and is closing in on the Prototype driver's championship; Rinaldo Capello of Italy, who has co-driven with McNish to five wins in the Audi R8 Prototype; and Dodge Viper driver Olivier Beretta of Monaco, who has eight GTS class wins this season and is closing in on the GTS driver's title. Beretta was also a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The ALMS has one race remaining in the 2000 season, the Race of a Thousand Years at Adelaide, Australia, on Dec. 31.

Members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) have been sent their ballots to vote from among six drivers nominated in each of six categories. Two from each category will be named to the first team, to be honored January 13, 2001, at the annual AARWBA banquet in Pomona, Calif.

Also to be named at the banquet will be the winner of the annual Jerry Titus Award, which honors the driver who receives the most votes in the balloting regardless of category.

The voting will also determine a second team of the drivers placing third and fourth in each category, and honorable mentions to all other drivers receiving at least five percent of the vote. AARWBA members have selected an All-America Team annually since 1970.

McNish and Capello are among 19 nominees who could be making their first All-America Team ever. Beretta previously was a second-team selection.

In addition to road racing, categories include Open Wheel, Short Track, Stock Car, Drag Racing and At Large.

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