Chris Green completes the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Championship
Montreal - August 27, 2003. Sunday's feature race at the Molson Indy Montreal and the last stop for the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Championship Series, drivers attacked the 2.709-mile permanent road circuit at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve with all the necessary racing bravado to make this race an exceptional finish to an exceptional Barber Dodge Pro racing season.
Even on a weekend where he seemed to be struggling, Chris Green proved again that he is one of craftiest drivers in open wheeled racing once the green flag falls. Nineteen year-old Barber Dodge rookie Chris Green, a native of Beaconsfield, Quebec, started on the eight row, after having powered his DAC Aviation/Stelvio/Campbell Garage car to a fifteenth place qualifying position. Chris earned a seventh place finish when it appeared that a top ten might be out of reach. He was the top Canadian to finish and completed the race competitively with a damaged car.
"I got off well at the start, and avoided many incidents," Chris said. "For a good part of the race, I just focused on trying to get past Ben Freudenberg. I was right on his gearbox for about ten laps and just tried to apply pressure for the rest of the race. But I couldn't get past him. Except for the end of the front straight, there aren't too many places to pass on the track. I was looking for a podium finish. It didn't go exactly how I wanted, but at least I was able to solidify my 11th place finish in the Championship Standings," Chris concluded.
The race was won by Memo Rojas, Leonardo Maia took second while Colin Fleming and Nelson Philippe rounded off the top four.
The 10 race highly competitive Barber Dodge Pro Season ended with mixed results for the young Chris Green. He was not blessed with the best of luck, being knocked off the track at Toronto and Milwaukee; suffering from bad car handling in four races, missing two rounds, all depriving him of gaining points towards the Championship.
However, there were also plenty of highlights: a fifth place in his first race in St.Petersburg; a brilliant "come-from-behind" race (from 21st to 12th) in Mexico; the fastest lap time in Milwaukee; 3 top ten finishing positions and 4 top ten qualifying spots. The team Chris Green Motorsports, which was only formed a few months before the first race in St. Petersburg, worked well together all year and is proud of what it has achieved in a very short time.
Team Principle, Ron Green: "The Barber Dodge Pro Series has tough competition for drivers, and is a very substantial stepping stone on a career path. Chris not only gained confidence as a driver, but also learned a ton about car set up, driver feedback, etc. on both ovals and road courses. His attitude and mental outlook in the face of adversity and bad luck remained optimistic and focused.
Chris Green: The team did a fantastic job this year. I want to thank Barber Dodge Pro and my main sponsors DAC Aviation/Stelvio/Campbell Garage for all their support this year. They deserve a lot of credit."
In his rookie season, Chris has attained the special recognition of a racer whose aggression is tempered by a controlled, mature style of driving. Finishing 11th in the Championship Standings with 46 points, and 4th in the Rookie Standings (even though he missed two events), Green, by his performance, has excited and charmed racing audiences and has made Barber Dodge Pro drivers take heed. The word is out. Green's mission to compete at the higher level of CHAMP Car is well underway.