SBRS: IRL: Hornish Jr. wins opener; Barber Grads pack grids

Skip Barber trained Sam Hornish Jr. dominated the Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 in the Indy Racing Northern Lights Series season opener, leading from the start before relenting momentarily on the 68th lap. Hornish re-established the point on the...

Skip Barber trained Sam Hornish Jr. dominated the Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 in the Indy Racing Northern Lights Series season opener, leading from the start before relenting momentarily on the 68th lap. Hornish re-established the point on the 128th lap and held the lead to the finish. Scott Sharp [4th], Robby McGehee [8th] and Buzz Caulkins rounded out the Skip Barber trained Top-10.

Barber graduates filled the grids and Top-10 list in a landscape of other race events; from Trans-Am, Speedvision World Challenge and NASCAR to the marquee event of the weekend, Saturday's 49th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring.

Dorsey Schroeder and his team earned a third place result in the 12 Hours of Sebring, the oldest U.S. based endurance race. Schroeder, driving one of the privateer Audi R8 entries in the LMP 900 class. Terry Borcheller and his team won the GTS class and finished sixth overall in their Team Saleen S7R. Skip Barber Racing School/Barber Dodge Pro Series Instructor Kelly Collins and his team followed in their Corvette C5-R, second in GTS and seventh overall. Boris Said and company were good for third place in the GT class as they contested the class in their BMW M3.

A number of support races ran on the 3.7 mile road circuit over the weekend, all of which featured Skip Barber trained racers.

In Trans-Am action, Boris Said was best among a field of 39 racers. Said dominated the 27-lap race in his Applied Computer Solutions Ford Mustang. Paul Gentilozzi applied pressure all the way to the checkered but couldn't best Said at the line and had to settle for second in his Jaguar XKR.

In the Speedvision World Challenge GT, also at Sebring, recent Porsche World Cup Champion Mike Fitzgerald took fourth place driving a Porsche 911 GT3. Earlier in the day, Fitzgerald had guided his Acura Integra Type R to an eighth place result in Speedvision World Challenge Series Touring.

NASCAR was equally busy this weekend, with three events at two different venues, all dotted with Skip Barber trained talent. In Darlington, SC, Steve Park, Jeremy Mayfield and Jimmy Spencer recorded a 2-3-4 finish order in the Carolina Dodge Dealer's 400. John Andretti was close behind, finishing in sixth to round out the Barber Top-10. Steve Park was also an eighth-place finisher in the preceding day's SunCom 200 in Busch Grand National Series action. Lastly, in Bakersfield, California, two-time Truck champ Jack Sprague was second at Mesa Marin Raceway in Craftsman Truck Series racing. Fellow Barberite Randy Tolmsa rounded out the Top-10 with his tenth-place result.

- Andrew Torres

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Series IndyCar , Other open wheel
Drivers John Andretti , Jeremy Mayfield , Steve Park , Boris Said , Jimmy Spencer , Robby McGehee , Scott Sharp , Kelly Collins , Paul Gentilozzi , Terry Borcheller , Dorsey Schroeder , Skip Barber , Sam Hornish Jr.