California: Hill, Bingham win GTS

GTS Win for Hill/Bingham at Fontana Rolex 400 Grand Am Event After dominating the GTS class during the 2001 season, Park Place Racing returned to Victory Lane for the second time this season in a major comeback. The ...

GTS Win for Hill/Bingham at Fontana Rolex 400 Grand Am Event

After dominating the GTS class during the 2001 season, Park Place Racing returned to Victory Lane for the second time this season in a major comeback. The #5 Saleen S7R suffered severe damage during a wreck in Thursday's practice, when team owner/driver, Chris Bingham, lost control in the final corner of the slippery circuit. The team was forced to take the car to Saleen headquarters in Irvine for repairs, and did not get it back until the morning of the race. Since it missed qualifying, the Saleen was forced to start from the back of the field. However, drivers Chris Bingham and Derek Hill were able to maneuver the car through the field for not only the GTS victory, but also an impressive fourth-place finish overall. "It was my first time in the car," said Hill. "We weren't sure if we were going to be able to race at all. So to have a clean race like that, and have everything come together in the end is great. It was more than we could have expected. I'd like to thank the Park Place Racing crew for working hard enough to get the car back to us in time for the race. They deserve this win in a big way."

Hill competed in the International FIA Formula 3000 series last year and is currently working at making his way back into the series, although he will miss the first few rounds of the 2002 championship. "My goal is to make as many contacts while I'm back in the US and to stay busy racing. It's good to link up with some competitive teams for the time being. If the sponsorship comes together and the right seat opens up, I may get back into F3000 if the timing is right."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Derek Hill