CHAMPCAR/CART: Two wins, multiple top tens over the weekend

Skip Barber trained drivers garnered two wins and numerous top-10 finishes in a variety of racing machines over the Mar. 25-26 weekend. Skip Barber Three Day Racing School grad Antonio Pizzonia turned in a virtuoso performance at the opening ...

Skip Barber trained drivers garnered two wins and numerous top-10 finishes in a variety of racing machines over the Mar. 25-26 weekend.

Skip Barber Three Day Racing School grad Antonio Pizzonia turned in a virtuoso performance at the opening round of the British Formula 3 Championship at Thruxton, England. Despite having his opening lead negated by a safety-car period, he quickly rebuilt his lead, which he would never surrender.

Mike Wallace won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Dodge California Truck Stop 250 at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, Ca in the waning moments of the race. Starting from the pole, he fell back in the early going, only to take advantage of a late caution period to pull off the win in a mad dash to the finish. In doing so, Wallace out-sprinted Skip Barber grads Jack Sprague and Steve Grissom. Sprague held on to take the final podium position with Grissom just behind him in fourth-place. Dennis Setzer also scored a Top-10 finish, coming home eighth.

Wallace now assumes a 14-point lead in the Craftsman Series standings.

In other NASCAR action in the Winston Cup Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., six of the top-10 drivers were Skip Barber trained. Leading the charge was Darlington race-winner Ward Burton in third. He was followed by Jeremy Mayfield in fourth, Winston Cup Points leader Bobby Labonte in sixth, Steve Park, seventh; Jeff Gordon, eighth; and Jeff Burton ninth.

At the CART season opener at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tony Kanaan salvaged a tenth-place finish in spite of receiving a late race penalty that placed him at the back of the lead lap. Barber Pro Series veterans Juan Montoya and Kenny Brack both held the lead at various points throughout the race. Unfortunately, both succumbed to engine failures that sidelined them prematurely.

The Atlantic cars had a double-header weekend for their opening rounds, racing on both Saturday and Sunday. Two-time Barber Dodge Pro Series race winner Rocky Moran Jr. led the way for the Skip Barber trained contingent. Moran Jr. scored the final spot on the podium in the second race, one better than his fourth-place finish on Saturday. Also scoring top-10 finishes in the first race was another Barber Dodge race winner Will Langhorne in seventh with Mike Conte right behind Langhorne in eighth. In the second race, it was Formula Dodge veteran Pete Mercier in seventh, two ahead of Conte in ninth.

-George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar , General , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Steve Park , Antonio Pizzonia , Mike Wallace , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Jack Sprague , Rocky Moran Jr. , Steve Grissom , Skip Barber