Portland PacWest Race Report

(Portland, Or) – PacWest Racing’s Tony Renna had his best result of the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship when he finished fourth in round four at the Portland International Raceway in Oregon today. Renna maintained his starting position...

(Portland, Or) – PacWest Racing’s Tony Renna had his best result of the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship when he finished fourth in round four at the Portland International Raceway in Oregon today.

Renna maintained his starting position of fourth for the entire race in his #18 Motorola PacWest Lights entry after battling a major understeer for the majority of the contest.

Renna’s teammate and championship leader, Scott Dixon, was hit from behind in the first corner of the race and consequently pushed into another car.

He was forced to pit and change his front wing, but avoided going a lap down and climbed his way back to 11th place. It was his fourth points-paying finish of the season and he still maintains his lead in the championship.

Australian Jason Bright led fellow rookies Townsend Bell and Jeff Simmons to the checkered flag after leading all 38 laps. The next round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship will be held at the Michigan Speedway on July 22.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1: Scott Dixon 56; 2: Jason Bright 53; 3: Casey Mears 40; 4: Jeff Simmons 36; 5: Mario Dominguez 35; 6: Jonny Kane 32; 7: Chis Menninga 32; 8: Felipe Giaffone 31; 9: Townsend Bell; 10: Tony Renna 16.

TONY RENNA – # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS - 4th

“I was able to stay with the field at the start of the race, but my car picked up a huge understeer through turns five and six as the race progressed,” said Renna.

“I could not carry speeds and stay with the leaders through six and that hindered my chances of grabbing a podium finish. It is nice to be among the points again and we all know we have to build on this and build on it quickly if we are to get back into the championship hunt.

“We now have a little bit of a break before heading to Michigan which is one of my favorite tracks.”

SCOTT DIXON – #17 INVENSYS/POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS – 11th

“I was in between both (Team) KOOL cars and Jonny Kane jumped out to the left and I got on the brakes - someone hit me from behind and pushed me into the rear of Simmons car,” said Dixon of his early race incident.

“I broke my front wing and had to come in to change it.

“My crew did a great job to get me back out before the field came back around to keep me on the lead lap.

“My car was excellent, I believe it was the fastest in the race. I badly needed a yellow to close the gap on the leaders, but that never happened.”

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Mario Dominguez , Jonny Kane , Tony Renna , Jason Bright , Jeff Simmons