Former Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Townsend Bell came up short in his Herculean bid to win the Dayton Indy Lights Championship. The Rookie of the Year was one of three racers in title contention heading into the season finale. In a metaphor of the championship order, Bell broke draft from position two, darted to the apron and made a last lap surge for the upset. The Californian came up a nose [or 0.016-sec.] short of the eventual winner and title champion. Fellow Pro Series veteran Tony Renna followed Bell closely to finish in third. Jeff Simmons and Chris Menninga rounded out the Barber trained Top-10 for the finale at Fontana, recording sixth and ninth place results.
The marquee CART event at Fontana, The 500 Presented by Toyota, was postponed due to heavy rains and will restart today at 1:00 PM Eastern time. When it does, Skip Barber grad Juan Montoya will be at the point. The racers will resume the positions they held after 33 completed laps on the 2-mile circuit. Fellow Skip Barber alumnus Michael Andretti, appearing in his last race for Newman/Haas Racing, will restart in third. Other Skip Barber alumni, CART Rookie of the Year Kenny Brack and Tony Kanaan will take to the track in sixth and eighth respectively.
Also on the oval at Fontana, Skip Barber trained Jack Sprague and Jimmy Hensley placed in the Top-10 in NASCAR Craftsman Truck action at Saturday's Motorola 200. Sprague was the quicker of the two, finishing fourth to Hensley's tenth. In Busch Series competition, Skip Barber trained Randy LaJoie turned in a fourth place result at the Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
In American Le Mans Series racing at Las Vegas Motorspeedway, Skip Barber instructor Kelly Collins and Chris Kneifel were part of a three-man team that took third place in the GTS class. Fellow instructor Boris Said and his teammate piloted their car to third place in the GT category.
- Andrew Torres