SBRS: New Orleans report

Nadeau Perfect, Second is Good Enough for Scheckter The 1995 Barber/Dodge Pro Series wrapped up at the New Orleans street curcuit on October 8. The were two stories the race itself, and the three way series title fight between Geoff Boss,...

Nadeau Perfect, Second is Good Enough for Scheckter The 1995 Barber/Dodge Pro Series wrapped up at the New Orleans street curcuit on October 8. The were two stories the race itself, and the three way series title fight between Geoff Boss, Barry Waddell amd Jaki Scheckter. Jerry Nadeau, a former Barber Pro Series competitor who moved his effort to the NASCAR Busch Grand National series this season, reprised his New Hampshire winning performance through the streets of the Big Easy. Pole, lead every lap, take the win, has been Nadeau's series story this year, a perfect two for two. While it wasn't much of battle up front, the war for the series crown raged. Scheckter and Boss put on a heck of a show, with the South African nephew of the former F1 World Champ taking the title, due in large measure to his own driving ability AND a classy performance by Boss. Boss came into the race as the series leader, and the luxury of knowing that if he and Scheckter DNF'd the titleholder would be Boss. The Rhode Islander had the opportunity to win the '95 Barber Dodge crown in the same manner that have decided several recent F1 world championships. With five minutes left Boss was running right under Scheckter's rear wing, and then got a run on SWcheckter out of turn four, headed for Macy's, an off-camber left-hander at the end of the fats back straight. Boss stuck his nose inside as both cars late-braked. But Boss realized it might not work. Had he stayed with it, it might have worked and he'd be in second place. But if if didn't they'd both be taken out. And Boss would be champion. But Boss didn't do what he easily could have; he backed off and gave Scheckter a car width. In the process Boss got off into the marbles and slid softly into the tire barrrier. End of title dreams. "I didn't want to win it that way, by crashing" Boss said later "I was sure I could get him cleanly". Eleventh place would not be good enough to turn the crown to Boss, so Jaki Scheckter takes the $100,000 NGK Career Enhancement Award and the first series title for the Dodge powered Barber Pro Series cars. For the third contender Barry Waddell it was an uphill fight all weekend -- with the best ten finishes counting Waddell had to drop one scrore, so he was in a must-win situation and the pieces just never fell together. ESP will broadcast the Barber/Dodge Pro Series New Orleans finale on Saturday October 28 at 4 pm. EDT Order of finish fin start driver & home laps notes 1 1 Jerry Nadeau Charlotte NC 20 2 2 Jaki Scheckter SAfrica 20 3 5 Thomas Schie Norway 20 4 10 Andres Gomez Colombia 20 5 7 Mattias Andersson Sweden 20 6 11 Skip Streets ManhattanBchCA20 7 15 Fredrik Larsson Sweden 20 8 8 Barry Waddell Evansviile IN20 9 12 Giovanni Gulinelli Italy 20 10 13 Leandro Larossa Argentina 20 11 4 Geoff Boss Narragansett RI 20 12 16 Will Pace Jackson MS 20 13 18 George Frazier ProspectKY 20 14 17 Jarrett Boon Chandler AZ 20 15 20 Cary Capparelli Chicago IL 20 16 21 John Walzinger SanClementeCA19 17 6 Tony Renna Deland FL 17 DNF accident 18 19 Patsy DeFillipo Apollo PA 11 DNF accident 19 14 Chris Menninga Pella IA 4 DNF accident 20 3 Luis Zervigon New OrleansLA 2 DNF accident 21 9 Tim Moser Ventura CA 0 DNF accident lap leader : 1-20 Nadeau fastest race lap: Andersson 1:09.983 thanks to Rick Roso for providing the race notes for more information: Skip Barber Racing School -- Rick Ratajczak 203 435-1300 Barber Dodge Pro Series -- Rick Roso 203 435-4646 all typos are mine, with apologies Greg Rickes

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