Ballots out to racing press for 2003 Auto Racing All-America Team
BURBANK, Calif - Almost 300 members of the motorsports press have been sent their annual ballot to select the 2003 Auto Racing All-America team.
Among those on the ballot are former three-time Jerry Titus Award winner Jeff Gordon (1995, 1998, 2001), and the driver who has been All-American more than any other, Steve Kinser, who seeks his 21st All-America selection. Also on the ballot seeking selection in one of seven categories - Open Wheel, Stock Car, Road Racing, Drag Racing, Short Track, Touring Series and At Large - are 16 drivers who could be making their first-ever All-American appearance.
Members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, will vote from among six drivers named in each category. This year a new category, Touring Series, has been added for drivers in stock car series racing primarily on pavement. Formerly they were in the Short Track category, which now comprises only open-wheel series racing primarily on dirt.
Two from each category will be named to the first team, to be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet Jan. 10 in Pomona, Calif. The winner of the Jerry Titus Award will also be announced at the banquet. The Titus Award honors the team's top driver - the one earning the most votes in the balloting regardless of category.
The balloting 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 5 percent of the vote. AARWBA members have annually chosen an All-America Auto Racing Team since 1970.
The banquet, which also will salute racing legend Dan Gurney, is open to the public. Ticket information is available from AARWBA, 922 N. Pass Ave., Burbank, Calif. 91505, or call (818) 842-7005.
The drivers listed below are on the 2003 All-America ballot. Numbers in parentheses indicate previous times elected to first team/second team/honorable mention; *** indicates first time on ballot.
OPEN WHEEL RACING
Sebastien Bourdais (***) - Fourth in CART, 3 wins, rookie of the year
Gil de Ferran (2/2/0) - Indy 500 winner, 2nd in IRL, two other victories
Scott Dixon (1/0/0) - IRL champion, 3 wins
Sam Hornish Jr. (2/0/0) - Fifth in IRL, 3 wins, won fastest oval race ever (207.151 mph)
Bruno Junqueira (***) - Second in CART, 2 wins
Paul Tracy (2/1/3) - CART champion, 7 victories
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2/0/1) - Third in Winston Cup, 2 wins, 3 Busch wins
Jeff Gordon (8/1/0) - Fourth in Winston Cup, three wins
Kevin Harvick (1/0/0) - Fifth in Winston Cup, won Brickyard 400, 3 wins in Busch, 1 in Trucks
Jimmie Johnson (0/0/1) - Second in Winston Cup, 3 wins plus The Winston
Matt Kenseth (0/0/1) - Winston Cup champion, 1 win, 25 top-10 finishes
Ryan Newman (0/2/0) - Eight wins in Winston Cup, 11 poles, sixth in points
Frank Biela (***) - American Le Mans P900 co-champion, 5 wins, 3 poles
Terry Borcheller (0/1/1) - Grand-Am Daytona Prototype champ, 6 wins; 4 wins in Grand-Am Cup
Ron Fellows (1/2/2) - American LeMans GTS champion, 3 wins
Scott Pruett (4/1/1) - SCCA Trans-Am Champion, 8 wins, 9 poles
Tommy Riggins (0/1/0) - Grand-Am GTS Champion, 6 wins, 8 poles
Marco Werner (***) - American Le Mans P900 co-champion, 5 wins, 1 pole
Greg Anderson (***) - NHRA Pro Stock champion, 12 wins in 15 finals (both Pro Stock records)
Kenny Bernstein (7/2/3) - Sixth NHRA Top Fuel, drove 2/3 of season, 4 wins
Larry Dixon (1/1/0) - NHRA Top Fuel champion, 8 wins
Doug Kalitta (***) - NHRA Top Fuel runner-up, 4 wins
Clay Millican (0/1/1) - IHRA Top Fuel champ (third straight), 10 wins
Tony Pedregon (0/0/1) - NHRA Funny Car champion, 8 wins
Tracy Hines (***) - Third in USAC Silver Crown, Sprints, 2nd in Midgets, won 9 races total
Jason Johnson (***) - Second in All-Star Sprints, 5 wins, 1 WoO win
Chad Kemenah (***) - All-Star Sprints champion, 5 wins
Steve Kinser (15/1/4) - World of Outlaws champion, 31 feature wins
Danny Lasoski (1/0/0) - Second in World of Outlaws, 16 wins
J.J. Yeley (1/0/0) - Won USAC triple crown (Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown), 24 wins is new USAC record
Kevin Cywinski (***) - ASA Champion, 4 wins
Shane Huffman (***) - Leads USAR Hooters Cup, 7 wins
Frank Kimmel (0/0/4) - Won fifth ARCA championship, 7 wins
Scott Lynch (***) - NASCAR Winston West champion, rookie of the year, 3 wins
Andy Santerre (***) - NASCAR Busch North champion, 3 wins
Brian Vickers (***) - NASCAR Busch Series champion, 3 wins
A.J. Allmendinger (***) - CART Toyota Atlantic champion, 7 wins, 9 poles
David Higgins (0/0/1) - SCCA Pro Rally champion, 7 wins
Frank Manzo (1/0/1) - Won ninth NHRA Alky Funny Car championship, 9 wins
Mark Taylor (***) - IRL Infiniti Pro Series champion, 7 wins, 4 poles
Scott Taylor (0/0/1) - CORR Pro-2 champion, 6 wins
Cort Wagner (0/0/1) - Grand-Am GT champion, 8 wins, 8 poles