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CHAMPCAR/CART: Montoya, Pizzonia and Sprague Get Wins, Labonte Retains Points Lead

Juan Montoya returned to a familiar place in the CART FedEx Series, victory circle. The rain delayed Miller 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisc. finally made it into the books, and pole-sitter Montoya recorded most of his laps in the...

Juan Montoya returned to a familiar place in the CART FedEx Series, victory circle. The rain delayed Miller 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisc. finally made it into the books, and pole-sitter Montoya recorded most of his laps in the lead. Montoya led fellow Skip Barber Racing School graduate Michael Andretti across the finish line by just over one second followed by 1993 Barber Pro Series Champion Kenny Brack in fourth and Tony Kanaan, another Skip Barber alumnus in tenth. Despite the close margin of victory, there was never any doubt over Montoya's authority on the event. This is Montoya's eight CART win and his first since Vancouver in September of 1999.

Skip Barber Race Series veteran Antonio Pizzonia just keeps rolling, maybe all the way into a Formula 1 seat in the not too distant future. The British Formula 3 Championship reached its mid-point this weekend at Brands Hatch, and Pizzonia reigned supreme with an 11-second victory. His lead in the series points chase stretched to 19, and given his performances in the first half of the season it seems likely that title is now his to lose. Pizzonia seized the lead going into Paddock bend, the first corner of the once Grand Prix circuit. By the conclusion of the fifth lap, Pizzonia held a seven-second advantage, and saw it grow as the race progressed.

Skip Barber grad Jack Sprague had to come from a long way back to get the win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the Sears 200 at Evergreen Speedway in Metamora, Wash. With 80-laps remaining in the contest, Sprague was forced to make an unscheduled stop to replace a cut tire. At that point Sprague was a lap in the hole. From there it was a rock-n-roll run up to the checkered flag trading paint with some of his fellow competitors along the way. Skip Barber grad Randy Tolsma had led much of the second half of the race but late pit stop compromised his position. Though he gave chase, he was unable to overtake the charging Sprague, and settled for second place. Dennis Setzer finished in sixth.

Bobby Labonte retains his lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup title hunt by virtue of his third-place finish in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware. Also finishing in the Top-10 were Skip Barber grads Joe Nemechek in seventh and Ward Burton in eighth. Labonte now leads Burton in the Winston Cup standings by 82 points.

The CART Dayton Indy Lights Series also got their rain-delayed event in at the Milwaukee Mile. Former Barber Dodge standout Chris Menninga completed a solid weekend with a fourth-place finish. Third-place finisher in the 1999 Pro Series Townsend Bell came in sixth came, one ahead of two-time Barber Dodge champion Jeff Simons in seventh place.

-George Tamayo

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Series BF3 , INDYCAR , NASCAR-CUP