JRCS: Triple Crown finals

Willows, CA - Eighteen year-old Timothy Barber of San Francisco, Calif. captured the 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro-Series Championship presented by Yokohama with a flag-to-flag victory during the last race of the series at Thunderhill Raceway...

Willows, CA - Eighteen year-old Timothy Barber of San Francisco, Calif. captured the 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro-Series Championship presented by Yokohama with a flag-to-flag victory during the last race of the series at Thunderhill Raceway Park. In the end it was Barber's fastest lap of 1:51.433 in the ultranectar.com/AIM Tire Service sponsored racecar which broke the track record and clinched the title.

"This is amazing - I'm so stoked about the US F2000 ride at Atlanta and the opportunity this presents me to help with my sponsorship package for next season," said Barber. He collects $4,000 dollars for winning the race with an added cash bonus of $300 for the "Pole to Checker Award." His championship prize consists of $10,000 in cash, plus a fully funded ride with Prymus Racing in the last two races of the US F2000 Series at Road Atlanta with a Speedvision in-car camera courtesy of Yokohama Tire Corporation and Jim Russell Racing Drivers School. His total cash and awards for winning the championship with today's win, a second and a third place totals over $40,000 dollars.

Colombian driver Camilo Zurcher finished the race in third tying Barber for points with the exact same finishing record for the series. This created a tie-breaker situation that was settled with Barber's fastest lap.

"We couldn't find the set-up that would give us the dominance we had at the ALMS event at Sears Point last month. The best lap I could manage was not good enough to beat Tim." Zurcher takes home just over $8500 in cash for his efforts.

Cory Turner, the karting standout from the S.T.A.A.R.T. (Series to Advance American Racing Talent) scholarship program finished second in the 18 lap race, 12.453 seconds behind Barber, and third in the championship. "I gave Tim a good race for a few laps but my car started to get loose as the race went on." He tied with 1999 USAC Formula Russell champ Nathan Smith for third in the points, that tie being broken by a better over all finishing record in the series by Turner. (Smith won a free ride in the Triple Crown as part of his prize package from last year's Russell amateur championship.) Turner's year-end cash awards netted him $2,900 dollars.

John Paul Novelli prepared Barber's winning Formula Russell and received the "Pro-Mechanix Award" from Mechanix Wear. The award was created to honor the winning mechanic of each race of the Triple Crown with a $250 dollar Gift Certificate from Mechanix Wear. <pre> Results - Final Round 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series presented by Yokohama September 2, 2000 - Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows CA

Pos Driver Sponsor Laps Time 1 Timothy Barber Ultranectar.com/AIM Tire Service 18 1:51.433 new track record 2 Cory Turner 18 1:51.473 3 Camilo Zurcher 18 1:52.947 4 Nathan Smith Sierra West Airlines/Hayward Jet 18 1:52.557 Center/Image Aviation/Cogdill & Giomi Real Estate Appraisers 5 Jeff Oppenheim 18 1:53.006 6 Bob Hagerty 18 1:56.718 7 Steve Hill 16 1:54.498 8 Kirk Morrison Ultranectar.com 13 1:56.034 9 Frank Dancs Ariba, Inc. 11 1:52.991 10 Ron Huber 10 2:00.974

Final Standings - 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series

Pos Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Pole Points Total 1 Timothy Barber 3 4 5 1 13 2 Camilo Zurcher 4 5 3 1 13 3 Cory Turner 1 2 4 7 4 Nathan Smith 2 3 2 7 5 Frank Dancs 5 0 0 1 6 6 Chris Miller 1 1 6 Jeff Oppenheim 1 1

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Series Other open wheel
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