With a second place result at the Delphi Indy 300, Skip Barber trained Sam Hornish Jr. clinched his first league title in Indy Racing Northern Light Series competition. Hornish paced his No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Aurora carefully on the Chicagoland Speedway, avoiding the pitfalls and miscues that led to high attrition. The 1.5-mile Joliet oval lent itself to some outstanding racing as racers went side-by-side for entire laps, including a few nail-biting instances involving Hornish and later, mid-race leader [Skip Barber trained] Robbie Buhl.
The 22-year old Ohian cited teamwork and consistency as keys to his championship run.
"I'm happy we won the points championship. I'd like to win, but we had a great run this year," Hornish said. "The Pennzoil Panther guys have done an awesome job all year long for me. They put me in race cars that are absolutely spectacular. We may not have been the fastest at every race this year, but we ran up front. We've got a car that was consistent and that finished. That's the biggest key to going out here and winning the Indy Racing League points championship."
Jeff Ward joined Hornish in the Skip Barber trained Top-10 with his fourth place finish.
At Darlington, Skip Barber trained Jeff Gordon extended his championship points lead to 367 by finishing second and leading 138 of the 367 laps. The three-time [and presumably four-time] Winston Cup Champion was the picture of calm in a race where the action was furious, with 19 lead changes and numerous other challenges for the lead. It was remarkable to see leaders passed for the lead seven times, with multiple passes for second, third and fourth. 2000 Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, showing a late season resurgence, finished third while Jeff Burton (6th) and Jerry Nadeau (9th) rounded out the Skip Barber trained top-10^Å Earlier, Skip Barber trained Jeff Burton won the Busch Grand National Series South Carolina 200. Jimmy Spencer (8th) also finished in the top-10.
British Columbia played host to the CART FedEx Series at the Molson Indy Vancouver on the street's of this picturesque city. CART's all-time winningest driver Michael Andretti earned a hard fought third place on the challenging 1.781-mile temporary street course, taking the checkered flag seconds ahead of fellow Skip Barber trained Tony Kanaan. 1993 Barber Pro Series Champion Kenny Brack and Memo Gidley finished with eighth and tenth place results. Brack's top-10 allows him to remain second in the championship hunt, tied with fellow Skip Barber trained Helio Castroneves with 110 points.
Joey Hand won the 38-lap Toyota Atlantic race, the support event to the marqee event on the streets of Vancouver. Fellow former Pro Series competitor Michael Valiante followed closely to earn second place and a spot on the podium.
>From Ireland's Mondello Park circuit near Dublin, 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Thed Bjork and teammates extended their lead to 15 points in the SR2 championship by finishing third overall in the seventh round of the FIA Sports Car Championship.