SBRS: Graduates nominated to 2000 Auto Racing All-America Team

A delegation of notable motorsports journalists has submitted their list of nominees for the 12-driver 2000 Auto Racing All-America team. Among the highly talented entries are Skip Barber trained Juan Montoya, newly crowned Winston Cup champion ...

A delegation of notable motorsports journalists has submitted their list of nominees for the 12-driver 2000 Auto Racing All-America team. Among the highly talented entries are Skip Barber trained Juan Montoya, newly crowned Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton and Paul Gentilozzi. The 12 member team is made up of two drivers from six racing categories - Open Wheel, Stock Car, Road Racing, Drag Racing, Short Track and At Large.

Montoya, the 1999 CART FedEx Champion and 2000 Indy 500 winner, is one of six drivers nominated for the Open Wheel category. Burton, who finished third in Winston Cup points and Labonte are Stock Car nominees. Gentilozzi, the SCCA Trans-Am runner-up, rounds out the Barber trained entries as part of the Road Racing set.

Members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, have sent in their ballots to vote from among six drivers named in each category. Two from each class will be named to the first team, to be honored Jan. 13, 2001, at the annual AARWBA banquet in Pomona, Calif. The winner of the Jerry Titus Award will also be announced at the banquet. The Titus Award, much like college football's Heisman Trophy, honors the team's top driver - the one earning the most votes in the balloting regardless of category.

The balloting will also determine a second team of drivers placing third and fourth in each category, and honorable mentions to all other drivers receiving at least 5 percent of the vote. AARWBA members have annually chosen an All-America Auto Racing Team since 1970.

- Andrew Torres

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Skip Barber