RACE: ProVee: Indianapolis Raceway Park report 2002-07-07

Schanche wins ProVee at IRP. Don Schanche held off a late challenge from Jeff Loughead and recorded his first-ever ProVee victory July 7 at IRP. Schanche, a St. Louis area resident, started on the outside front row, next to fellow MiDiv driver...

Schanche wins ProVee at IRP.

Don Schanche held off a late challenge from Jeff Loughead and recorded his first-ever ProVee victory July 7 at IRP. Schanche, a St. Louis area resident, started on the outside front row, next to fellow MiDiv driver and Formula Vee veteran Bill Noble from Manhattan, Kan., with Loughead, from Darien, Ill, third on the grid. The top three qualifiers - Noble, Schanche and Loughead - were separated by only 0.025 seconds.

Noble led the 14-car field to the green flag but at turn one, Loughead ducked inside for the lead and stayed there for the first two laps. Noble took the point again on lap three and, with Schanche in tow, pulled away to a three second margin over Loughead and the first group of drivers. But Jeff hooked up with Dave Woodmancy, who started fourth, and pulled that group of four cars back into contention a few laps later.

Loughead moved back to the front on lap 10, which set the stage for a nip-and-tuck battle the rest of the 18-lap race as the lead changed five times during the final six laps. Schanche took his first lead on lap 13, surrendered it back to Noble on lap 14 and retook the lead on lap 15. Loughead grabbed the lead back for laps 16 and 17, but fell to second behind Schanche during the last lap.

Schanche held the lead coming through the carousel on the final lap with Loughead still within striking distance. But Jeff admitted later he mistimed his move coming off of turn 15 onto the long dragsrtip front straight and just didn't have quite enough room to complete the pass, as Schanche nipped Loughead by a mere 0.043 seconds.

Woodmancy, from Waterford Hills, Mich., finished third in his first ProVee endeavor. Noble's car began to handle badly late in the race and he finished fourth. Chris Jennerjahn, Hartford City, Ind., rounded out the top five.

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Series Other open wheel , SCCA
Drivers Bill Noble