HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., (December 14, 2000) - Reigning CART Toyota Atlantic Series champion, Buddy Rice, earned a place on the First Team in the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) in the At Large category for its 2000...
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., (December 14, 2000) - Reigning CART Toyota Atlantic Series champion, Buddy Rice, earned a place on the First Team in the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) in the At Large category for its 2000 Auto Racing All-Star team.
Rice, who captured the series title in his third Atlantic season, was awarded his first-ever AARWBA nomination following his outstanding campaign. Rice, a Phoenix native who drove for DSTP Motorsports, won five of the 12 races on a variety of different circuits that make up the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. In addition to his wins, Rice finished on the podium in all but two races, registered two poles and led 222 of the 471 laps turned during the 12-race season. Rice completed the season with 185 championship points, 26 ahead of PPI Motorsports driver Daniel Wheldon.
The AARWBA All-America Team annually recognizes the top 12 drivers in North American motorsports. The team is split into six categories: Open-Wheel Racing, Road Racing, Short Track, Stock Car Racing, Drag Racing and At Large. Votes are collected from the AARWBA membership to determine first-team, second-team, third-team, fourth-team and honorable-mention (those receiving at least five percent of the vote) selections. The leading vote-getter receives the Jerry Titus Award as the All-America Team's driver of the year. The AARWBA All-America Team winners will be honored at the All-America Team Banquet on January 13, 2001.
The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and a key rung on CART's "ladder system". It is also noted for its long history of graduating its stars into CART competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic Series are CART Champ Car stars Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Alex Barron, Memo Gidley, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani as well as former series champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jacques Villeneuve.