Jan. 28, 2000 -Despite losing Jeff Simmons, Townsend Bell and very likely Todd Snyder to the Dayton Indy Lights Series for 2000, the provisional entry list for the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series is as strong as ever. Returning in 2000 will be...
Jan. 28, 2000 -Despite losing Jeff Simmons, Townsend Bell and very likely Todd Snyder to the Dayton Indy Lights Series for 2000, the provisional entry list for the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series is as strong as ever.
Returning in 2000 will be Nilton Rossoni, Jon Fogarty, Jamie Menninga, Matt Plumb, Peter Boss, Sepp Koster, Brent Sherman, Alexandre Sperafico and 1999 Rookies of the Year Michael Valiante and Roger Yasukawa. Among them, only Rossoni (4) and Fogarty (1) have race wins to their credit.
That bodes well for all of these drivers fighting to establish their superiority in this already ultra-competitive series.
Joining the fray will be some very fast rookies in the form of 'Big Scholarship' winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andre Nicastro both of whom have been extremely quick in early pre-season testing.
Sam Hancock from London, England, a former Formula Palmer Audi competitor and Thed Bjork, a Kenny Brack protégé, have also shown their ability to turn some quick laps during testing.
For the first time ever, two women will be competing in the full series for 2000. Venezuelan Milka Duno and American Sara Senske, both of whom competed in the 1999 Women's Global GT series as well as being former competitors in the Skip Barber Race Series are sure to dazzle with their racing prowess.
In 1999, Rossoni scored two victories including a dominant weekend at the season finale at Watkins Glen. In that event Rossoni set a new pole qualifying record with an average lap speed of 110.307 mph. Not only is that a track record, but it is also a Barber Pro Series record. Rossoni's other victory came at round-five in Cleveland. Boss and Koster each had a pole to their credit in 1999 in addition to Rossoni, as well as podium appearances along with Menninga, Plumb, Valiante and Fogarty.
Buckle up, the season gets underway in less than eight weeks at Sebring International Raceway on March 18 at the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring. Round two will take place the following weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., the first of eight rounds to be run in conjunction with the CART FedEx Series.