WHAT: Round 9 of the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series WHEN: Qualifying: Fri., Sept. 1, 1:40 p.m. (30 min.); Final Qualifying: Sat., Sept 2, 8:15 a.m. (30 min.); RACE START: Sat. Sept 2, 3:55 p.m. 40 minutes WHERE: Concord Pacific Place...
WHAT: Round 9 of the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series
WHEN: Qualifying: Fri., Sept. 1, 1:40 p.m. (30 min.); Final Qualifying: Sat., Sept 2, 8:15 a.m. (30 min.); RACE START: Sat. Sept 2, 3:55 p.m. 40 minutes
WHERE: Concord Pacific Place Circuit, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada
WHO: Twenty-three drivers from six different countries
T.V: Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
Drivers who have used the Barber Pro Series as a steppingstone into the world of top level auto racing include: 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner and current CART driver Kenny Brack; 1999 CART PPG Cup Champion and 2000 Indy 500 winner Juan Montoya; seven of the drivers in the current CART Dayton Indy Lights Series field.
All drivers compete in identically prepared single-seat, open-wheel race cars which are owned, maintained and transported by the Barber Dodge Pro Series.
In 1998, world famous racecar manufacturer Reynard Motorsport, was called upon to design an all new carbon-fiber monocoque chassis exclusively for the series. That chassis is mated to an all aluminum 3.5 liter V6 Dodge engine tuned to deliver 265 peak horsepower driven through a six-speed sequential Hewland gearbox. The Reynard Dodge 98E is shod with Michelin Pilot SX racing slicks, marking the French tire giant's competitive North American open-wheel debut.
Races are 40 minutes in duration with points allocated to the top-15 finishers (20 to the winner, then 16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1). A driver's ten best results count toward the championship total. An additional point is awarded to the fastest qualifier.
All 12 rounds of the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series will again be televised on espn2 as well as ESPN International.
<pre> Round 9 Entry List as of Tuesday, August 22, 2000 The Barber Dodge Pro Series Race at The CART Molson Indy Vancouver Concord Pacific Place Circuit, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
September 2, 2000
Car# Driver/Hometown Sponsor(s) Color
4 Brent Sherman/ North Barrington, Ill. Serta Mattress Co. Dk. Blue
5 Sepp Koster/Heemskerk, The Netherlands Blue Bay Curacao Golf Resort; Stora-Drain; Uitert; IR Productions; Respons Black/Silver
7 Jamie Menninga/Pella, Iowa Event Marketing Enterprises, Inc.; Lee's Grinding White
8 Peter Boss/Narragansett, R.I. ITIS, Inc.; ITInfosource.com; Cross Pens; Lacoste Clothing; gadzoox; Hitachi Blue/Silver/Red
9 Roger Yasukawa/Santa Monica, Calif. "'99 BDPS Co-Rookie of the Year"; Tokyo Ueno Clinic; Kenwood Black
11 Thed Björk/Vretstorp, Sweden Corechange; Maskinflishing; Tenab; Ebcon; Etab Data; Svensk ; Nolato Black
17 Matt Plumb/Unionville, Penn. Arnette; CAM 2; Mid-Atlantic Trading; citrusnow.com; Bowlmore Lanes Red/White
19 Sara Senske/Kennewick, Washington Lynx Racing; Team Simpson Black/Aqua
20 Alexandre Sperafico/Toledo Parana(,Brazil Iveco Fiat; Sperafico Group White/Green
21 Jon Vannini/Hillsborough, California Copart, Inc; Conservation Partners Silver
23 Marc Breuers/Gladwyne, Penn. The Guard House Inn.com; Penn Hospital; Dr. Detail White/Red
25 Kip Gulseth/Manitowoc, Wisc. Gulseth Construction; Total Control Racing; Racing For Kids Dk. Blue
28 Andre Nicastro/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Porto Fino White/Teal/Blue
31 Ryan Hunter-Reay/Boca Raton, Fla. "Big Scholarship Winner"; TheDiamondSource.com; Simpson Red/Blue/Yellow
36 Nilton Rossoni/Curitiba, Brazil Foster Group; Humm!; Fox; Oil Extreme Blue/White
42 John Hall/Houston, Texas Ameriflash Racing; Simpson Silver
52 Jon Fogarty/Portola Valley, Calif. Three Arch Partners; Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Copper/Grey
53 Tom Fogarty/Wellington, Nevada RACE-FACE; Copart Inc.; XYZ Clothing Blue/Yellow
55 John McCaig/Victoria, B.C., Canada Presenting Italy; Anodizing, Inc.; Fine Art Framing White/Orange
62 Andy Lally/Northport, N.Y. T-One, Inc.; Café Noir; Oxy-Water White/Black
77 Scott Mayer/Franklin, Wisc. Vision Group International; QPS Staffing Service Blue/Yellow/Green
95 Michael Valiante/Vancouver, B.C.,Canada "'99 BDPS Co-Rookie of the Year"; Sguerzoni; Italian Motors; Oil Extreme Red
* Vancouver, B.C. native Michael Valiante will be racing for the first time at the circuit where he once watched as a young spectator hoping to step into the cockpit of a Champ Car. At 20-years old, Valiante is well on his way to achieving that goal. A multiple karting champion, Valiante won the prestigious Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship in 1998. In 1999, he won the Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year award. In 2000, he will be looking to step up his efforts as he continues to climb the ladder of professional racing. A win in Vancouver would be the first of his career.
* Another Vancouver native will also be taking the start in the Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the Molson Indy Vancouver. John McCaig, a local business man who dabbles in eco-tourism as well as fine art has made over 40 starts in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. He too would love to garner his first win on the streets of Vancouver.