Poirier takes National Championship lead to Canada. Scott Poirier leads a field of twenty-plus racers preparing to head North-of-the-border for rounds nine and ten of the 2002 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER....
Poirier takes National Championship lead to Canada.
Scott Poirier leads a field of twenty-plus racers preparing to head North-of-the-border for rounds nine and ten of the 2002 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER. The series, which takes place at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, marks the first time the Official Amateur National Championship of CART runs races off U.S. soil. Mont Tremblant is one of three new tracks on the 13-round schedule, which includes Carolina Speedway and a new track layout at California Speedway.
Poirier, the 2001 National Championship Runoff award winner, maintains a 14 point margin over returning driver Grant Maiman. Burt Frisselle, also contesting a second season, sits in third, followed closely by Scott Speed and Barber-CART Karting Scholarship winner Ward Imrie. Al Unser, Luis Pelayo, Craig Baltzer, Robbie Montinola and Colin Fleming make up positions six through ten as the series heads to Canada.
Universally regarded as one of the most competitive and cost-effective championships in existence, the National Championship was designed for the aspiring professional racer. Talent and a proven track record are the credentials one must present for this invitation-only series. The series runs in conjunction with many Skip Barber Race Series weekends and in support of select marquee events.
The premise of the series is to contribute to the health and prosperity of American open-wheel racing with driver development at its core. Grouping talented young racers fosters competition and ultimately raises each driver's game. The young pilots use identically prepared Formula Dodge R/T 2000 racecars, run with wings, slicks and a sequential Gemini five-speed gearbox.
A number of Formula Dodge standouts have left the series and gone on to bigger and better things. 2001 National Champion Julio Campos and Scholarship winner Leonardo Maia are in their first professional season in the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series as are A.J. Allmendinger and Dan DiLeo, last year's second and third place finishers.