CHAMPCAR/CART: Skip Barber alumni weekend recap 11-05-01

Nemechek Takes Second Career Victory Skip Barber trained Joe Nemechek built a dominant lead, at times as large as a 10 sec., en route to a final margin of victory of 6.285 sec. at the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400. The pace was so fast...

Nemechek Takes Second Career Victory

Skip Barber trained Joe Nemechek built a dominant lead, at times as large as a 10 sec., en route to a final margin of victory of 6.285 sec. at the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400.

The pace was so fast that, after the caution on Lap 177, only five cars remained on the lead lap. Nine eventually finished on the lap with the leader, as Nemechek punched cruise control over the final 10 or 15 orbits. With 30 laps to go, many teams began tearing down their pits and loading their haulers, hoping for a quick getaway after this season’s 33rd counting event.

The Skip Barber trained racer delivered a surprise package to the 60,000 fans. Nemechek, who had only three top-10s this season (a best of sixth at Talladega in April), rang up his second career victory, first since 1999 at New Hampshire, and became the 17th winner on the circuit this season. Also factoring in the Skip Barber trained top-10 were Jerry Nadeau (5th), Ward Burton (6th) and last year’s Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte (9th).

In SportsCar competition from Daytona, Florida, Butch Leitzinger and his teammate continued the dominant form they showed throughout three days of practice in winning Saturday night's three-hour Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season finale, leading almost every lap. Barber Dodge Pro Series Driver Coach Peter Argetsinger and company drove their Blackforest Motorsports car to fifth in the same category. Former Pro Series pilot Andy Lally and his co-driver finished sixth overall and second in SRP II, but that was enough to capture the class team owner championship as well as the SRP II driver's title for Lally.

In the CART finale from Fontana, California, Tony Kanaan scored a fifth place result and Michael Andretti seventh; best among Skip Barber trained racers.

-SB-

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Series Grand-Am , IndyCar , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Bobby Labonte , Butch Leitzinger , Joe Nemechek , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Andy Lally , Skip Barber , Peter Argetsinger