Barber wins Fran-Am 1600 Race in Portland. 9/29/2002 - Portland, OR -- The second round of the 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship was a hard-fought battle that ended in twilight at Portland International Raceway. Tim Barber of San ...
Barber wins Fran-Am 1600 Race in Portland.
9/29/2002 - Portland, OR -- The second round of the 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship was a hard-fought battle that ended in twilight at Portland International Raceway.
Tim Barber of San Francisco, CA won the race with Conversion Techniques Motorsports teammate Darryl O'Young of Vancouver, BC finishing a close second and Keith Nunes of Modesto, CA finishing third. Pole sitter Michael McDowell of Glendale, AZ led from the drop of the green, set the fastest race lap and looked to be well on his way to victory when he pulled off to the side with unknown problems on lap 20.
"This was a very hard-fought race," said Barber. "The win feels great but it feels even better to be coming away from this weekend leading the points standings!"
This weekend featured another strong showing for the Conversion Techniques Motorsports team based out of San Francisco, CA. O'Young and Barber swapped positions on the first lap and then the two teammates fought a hard battle for position the entire race. And while it wasn't the podium sweep the team experienced in the first race, John Knudsen of Ontario, CA finished fourth to keep the team at the top of the points standings.
"The Conversion Techniques Motorsports team worked very hard all weekend," said O'Young. "and benefited with a one-two finish. It's very rewarding to see the team now sits one-two-three in the overall points standings."
<pre> Final race results are as follows:
1. Tim Barber, San Francisco, CA, Conversion Techniques Motorsports, 1:21.036, 23 laps 2. Darryl O'Young, Vancouver, BC, Conversion Techniques Motorsports, 1:20.951, 23 laps 3. Keith Nunes, Modesto, CA, Porter Racing, 1:21.582, 23 laps 4. John Knudsen, Ontario, CA, Conversion Techniques Motorsports, 1:21.715, 23 laps 5. Peter Nosler, Menlo Park, CA, Porter Racing, 1:22.473, 23 laps 6. George Latus, Portland, OR, Latus Motorsports, 1:22.346, 23 laps 7. Frank McCormick, San Francisco, CA, Worldspeed Motorsports, 1:24.154, 22 laps 8. TJ Millington, Phoenix, AZ, Porter Racing, 1:23.919, 22 laps 9. Michael McDowell, Glendale, AZ, Worldspeed Motorsports, 1:20.798, 20 laps
Fastest Race Lap set by Michael McDowell at 1:20.798.
The next race in the 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship Series is scheduled for October 11-13 at Buttonwillow Raceway in Sacramento, California.
Fran-Am 1600 Points Standings After 2 Races: 1. Tim Barber 54 pts 2. John Knudsen 50 pts 3. Darryl O'Young 44 pts 4. Keith Nunes 26 pts 5. Michael McDowell 24 pts 5. Peter Nosler 24 pts 6. Frank McCormick 18 pts 6. George Latus 18 pts 9. TJ Millington 6 pts
</pre> The Fran-Am 1600 Regional Championship series is the first step on Fran-Am Sport's Driver Development Ladder, with drivers eventually making the jump to race in the Fran-Am 2000 Series. Each Fran-Am 1600 event features a $7000US prize fund with the overall series champion winning a brand-new Fran-Am 2000 car ready to race the next season
The Fran-Am 1600 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 1.6-liter/123-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 5-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.
For more information on the series visit www.fran-am.com.