SBRS: Road America report

'I WIN,' SCHIE SAID ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 18) - Thomas Schie of Norway stormed to victory in the Barber Dodge Pro Series race at Road America, and he couldn't have picked a better time for his first-ever win. He not only closed the gap to ...

'I WIN,' SCHIE SAID

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 18) - Thomas Schie of Norway stormed to victory in the Barber Dodge Pro Series race at Road America, and he couldn't have picked a better time for his first-ever win. He not only closed the gap to points leader Fredrik Larsson, the win came in front 50 representatives of Chrysler Norway, flown in just to see their boy run for the first time in the flesh. Schie didn't disappoint; from the outside front row, Schie grabbed the lead from polesitter Tony Renna at the start as a flurry of cars behind them fell off the road--then got back on--then held off Rino Mastronardi and Derek Hill to the end. Schie gained 10 points on his on-the-road roommate Larsson and is now 29 tallies behind with three races to go. For his part, Larsson's eighth-place grid position was his worst of the year, but by the race's waning moments he demonstrated why he is the championship leader. He climbed methodically through the field to the point where he was dicing with Hill for the last podium position. Larsson in fact had third place, but only for two corners, as Hill retook him under braking. Tim Moser was spectacular, and was clearly the fastest driver on the day--"If I was up front, nobody would have caught me."--but he fell off the road twice in the first two laps. As far back as 16th, Moser got back to fifth at the end, passing three cars in three consecutive corners on the next to last lap. Andres Gomez went from 12th to sixth, Chris Menninga faded from third to seventh, while Geoff Boss (Most Progressive Driver), Jeff Bucknum and memo Gidley rounded out the top 10. Renna's pole was his second of the year, but he appeared to be in the wrong gear at the start. Then his decision to flatten his wings for straightaway speed backfired as he was in the clutches of those with better cornering setups and Renn slipped backwards through the field. Renna was holding station in seventh when he went to pass Gomez under braking in Five, but went in way too hot and slid off into the escape road. He kept it lit and finished 11th. "Fantask, I win," Schie said afterwards. "With all those fighting behind me, I could drive my own race. I made not even one tiny mistake, and I win. This is good." Sure was.

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Rick Roso

SCCA Pro Racing, Barber Dodge Pro Series race results, round 9 (Aug. 18), Road America, 4.00-mile, 14-turn road course.

Round 9: Fin. St. Driver, town or country, laps completed, reason out (if any), prize 1. (2) Thomas Schie, Norway, 95.400 mph, 14 laps, $10,000 2. (5) Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 14, $6,000 3. (9) Derek Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 14, $4,000 4. (8) Fredrik Larsson, Sweden 14, $2,500 5. (4) Tim Moser, Ventura Calif., 14, $1,800 6. (12) Andres Felipe Gomez, Colombia, 14, $1,500 7. (3) Chris Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 14, $1,800 8. (17) Geoff Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 14, $1,700 9. (7) Jeff Bucknum, Simi Valley, Calif., 14, $1,000 10. (10) Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif, 14, $1,000 11. (1) Tony Renna, Deland, Fla., 14, $800 12. (6) Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 14, $700 13. (14) Seiji Ara, Japan, 14, $600 14. (13) Jason Engel, Madison, Wis., 14, $500 15. (19) Brisn Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 14, $500 16. (11) Jeff Willoughby, E. Lansing, Mich., 14, $500 17. (15) Steven Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 14, $500 18. (16) Brian McCarthy, Dayton, Ohio, 14, $500 19. (23) Carlos Bonetti, Brasil, 14, $500 20. (22) Joe Vantreese, Batavia, Ill., 14, $500 21. (24) Stephen Sardelli, Jamestown, R.I., 14, $500 22. (25) Steve Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 14, $500 23. (26) Steve Lorenzen, Tahoe City, Calif., 14, accident, $500 24. (27) Scott Mayer, Franklin, Wis., 14, $500 25. (28) Cary Capparelli, Chicago, Ill., 14, $500 26. (21) Jarrett Boon, Chandler, Ariz., 7, accident, $500 27. (18) John McCaig, Canada, 7, accident, $500 28. (20) Nick OSullivan, Boulder, Colo., 2, radiator, $500

Time of race: 31 minutes, 47.939 seconds Winning speed: 105.700 mph Distance: 14 laps, 56.0 miles Margin of Victory: 2.464 seconds Fastest Race Lap: Tim Moser, lap 14, 2:14.971 (R) Most Progressive Driver: Geoff Boss, 17th to 8th Lap leaders: Thomas Schie, 1 - 14

Points following round 9 of 12: 1. Fredrik Larsson 133 $59,500 2. Thomas Schie 102 $30,200 3. Rino Mastronardi 97 $25,600 4. Tim Moser 92 $26,000 5. Derek Hill 85 $23,600 6. Tony Renna 79 $19,500 7. Geoff Boss 69 $23,700 8. Jeff Bucknum 49 $9,700 9. Memo Gidley 49 $9,300 10.Bryan Selby 38 $7,800

Next race: Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif., Sept. 7

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