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SBRS: Pizzonia clinches the F3 Championship

Former Formula Dodge standout Antonio Pizzonia won the 2000 British Formula 3 Championship title when he scored a second place result at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The young Brazilian led in championship points for the latter...

Former Formula Dodge standout Antonio Pizzonia won the 2000 British Formula 3 Championship title when he scored a second place result at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The young Brazilian led in championship points for the latter half of the season and, ultimately, became the subject of rumors regarding a probable move to Formula 1. Pizzonia tested with Benetton Formula earlier this summer and was held to an option by the team up until this month. Last year, Pizzonia had dominated the Formula Renault Championship in the U.K., which may provide some benefits down the road due to Renault's purchase of Benetton.

In NASCAR action, Bobby Labonte all but assured himself of the Winston Cup Championship when he took fifth place at the MBNA.com 400 held at Dover Downs International Speedway. Labonte, who has three Winston Cup victories this season, benefited from poor results by his title rivals and increased his lead margin to 249 points over the second place holder. Spare a thought for fellow Skip Barber alumnus Jeremy Mayfield, who started from pole and led 80 of 228 laps before engine failure ended his afternoon. Steve Park (4th), Joe Nemechek (7th) and Jeff Gordon (9th) joined Labonte as the other Skip Barber alumni to complete the race in the Top-10.

Also on the 1.0 mile oval of Dover Downs in Busch Series competition, Skip Barber grad Todd Bodine took the point from the eventual winner in the MBNA.com 200 but couldn't hold it for the duration and settled in for fourth place. Joe Nemechek succeeded him in fifth place; Steve Park and Jason Leffler rounded out the Skip Barber trained top-10 with ninth and tenth place showings.

In support action from the SAP U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis, Formula Dodge ace Quentin Wahl finished third in Sunday's Ferrari Challenge race. Wahl had a strong weekend topping the practice session and qualifying sixth.

- Andrew Torres

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