Chris Green finishes fifth in his Barber Dodge Pro Series debut. St. Petersburg, Florida (February 22, 2003) -- Chris Green set the stage as a force to contend with in this year's Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship by virtue of a solid fifth...
Chris Green finishes fifth in his Barber Dodge Pro Series debut.
St. Petersburg, Florida (February 22, 2003) -- Chris Green set the stage as a force to contend with in this year's Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship by virtue of a solid fifth place finish (on a total of 27 competitors) in today's first round of the 10-race series in St.Petersburg (Florida).
Chris, who had never visited the St-Petersburg track, qualified in 10th position. Chris enjoyed the racetrack, which features a number of blind corners and is very challenging. Chris enjoyed a trouble free qualifying and was looking very strong for a top-ten grid position, holding down 10th position for most of the second session.
Chris commented: "The track is very exciting, it is a challenge everywhere and the sensation of speed you get is awesome. I learnt a lot about the track today. We made a small mistake on set up for both qualifying sessions but I am quite happy with the my performance, although we did not gain any positions we found a lot of time and have a car which I think will be good for the race.
From the start, Chris made a clean get away and lapped with a pack of cars, enjoying a few moments where he looked strong to gain a number of cars. Then his car developed a handling problem, which ended into terminal under steer, and he could not challenge for position.
"My start was very good and I was enjoying the first laps very much, then the car just began to under steer more and more and I could only go at a certain pace. But I am very pleased to have gained the experience of completing a race distance" said Green.
"Today was a very steep learning curve. I am sure we could have been nearer the front with a little more time. But this is one of the challenges of the Barber Dodge Pro Series we have so little track time," commented Chris Green. "Having qualified in the top-ten and then fighting for a top 5 position in the race has been very satisfying. The crew did a great job. However, I feel we can do even better at Monterrey in four weeks time."
About the other competitors: "There are a few hot shoes out there that will keep me pushing my skills and knowledge to the limits all season long. All of the cars are more or less equal so the guy who wins the race will be the guy who was able to sort out the set up and perfect line, in the shortest amount of time. The drivers in the Barber Dodge Pro Series all have the same goal as me, they want to advance in their careers in this industry and they want to do the best they can in the lower ladders of motorsports to prove them selves ".
Team Principle -- Ron Green was also happy with Chris' performance in his first event. " We have seen today that Chris is smart, consistent and not far the podium. Chris did a great job, as a rookie he also learnt a lot today and brought the car home - so overall I am extremely happy."
Leonardo Maia won today's race followed by Dan DiLeo and Memo Rojas. Green earned 11 points for today's finish and sits fifth overall and second in the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Championship Rookie points standings.
Round two takes place on March 22nd in Monterrey, Mexico, at the Tecate-Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Champ Car World Series weekend.