(VANCOUVER, B.C.) Sept. 2, 2000 -Following qualifying, American Matt Plumb said, "I want to get that win." He got his wish, scoring his first career Barber Dodge Pro Series victory at the Molson Indy Vancouver on the Concord Pacific Place Circuit.
(VANCOUVER, B.C.) Sept. 2, 2000 -Following qualifying, American Matt Plumb said, "I want to get that win." He got his wish, scoring his first career Barber Dodge Pro Series victory at the Molson Indy Vancouver on the Concord Pacific Place Circuit. He resisted a hard charging Sepp Koster to lead the race from the third of 27 laps. Rookie Andre Nicastro came home a career high third.
"I'd like to say I had the win as soon as Lally and Ryan got into each other. I got a little worried in the middle, but once we hit lapped traffic, I knew I could put a little distance between Sepp and myself," said the 25 year-old Plumb.
The race began with an all rookie front row led by polesitter Ryan Hunter-Reay with Andy Lally at his side. Lally at once began to put the pressure on Hunter-Reay, getting past him midway through the second lap. Heading into turn-8, Hunter-Reay attempted to reclaim the lead. His bid fell short, knocking Lally out of the race and dropping himself well down the field though he would recover to finish eighth.
Plumb took the point in his No.17 CAM 2 Barber Dodge Reynard and never looked back. Behind a train of drivers battled ferociously for position. Koster, was often lapping quicker than Plumb, yet could never mount a solid attack. Behind Vancouver's own Michael Valiante, keeping touch with Koster, had to defend his position from Nicastro who himself was under enormous pressure from Nilton Rossoni, quickly making tracks from his 11th starting position. The race had settled into a rhythm as the top eight drivers reeled off lap after lap. When the leaders began to catch lap traffic, Plumb and Koster made it through. Luck continues to elude Valiante as the unfortunate hometown favorite found himself squeezed into one of the unforgiving concrete barriers putting an end to what might likely have been a podium finish.
"It feels good to finally win," added Plumb who also set the fastest lap of the race. "Right in the middle of the race I started getting some understeer and was having trouble exiting corners. Sepp decided to fill my mirrors, and that was a little tough. Then I gathered it back up as the car started going faster and it was great right at the end."
With his return to the podium, Koster rekindles his assault on the $300,000 Career Enhancement Award. With Rossoni and Jon Fogarty finishing behind him, Koster made up some ground on the two with only three rounds left in the 2000 series.
"Coming into this race I was looking to pick up some points on Fogarty and Rossoni," said Koster, driver of the No. 5 Blue Bay Curacao Golf Resort Dodge Reynard. "I had a little bit of speed to spare but got some bad breaks in traffic. Overall I'm happy with the result."
Brazilian Andre Nicastro is racing his first season in North America, and is beginning to develop a taste for temporary street circuits. Up until today, his best result had been a fourth at the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit. At the Concord Pacific Place he went one better. It wasn't easy either. While keeping his sights on Valiante, he warded off Rossoni's advances with precision, always clean, always fair.
"I really like street courses. I remember battling with Rossoni in karting in Brazil he's a very good driver and it was a great battle," said Nicastro, a former karting champion.
The Conseco Step Up Award went to Rossoni for a typically spirited drive that saw him gain seven positions, the most of any driver in the field. Kudos also to Fogarty and Thed Bjork. The two turned in an entertaining performance, dueling all throughout the circuit, eventually finishing in fifth and sixth respectively. The fact that Fogarty and Rossoni finished together means that Rossoni makes up but one point on Fogarty in the Championship chase. Alexandre Sperafico, Hunter-Reay, Marc Breuers and Kip Gulseth rounded out the Top-10.
Round 10 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series continues on with the CART FedEx Series at the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway on Sept. 10.
Round 9 will be televised on ESPN 2, Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.
<pre> Championship Points after Round 9
Fogarty, 134; Rossoni, 123; Koster, 114; Plumb, 85; Hunter-Reay, 84; Yasukawa, 75; Menninga, 73; Nicastro 60; Andy Lally, 60; Valiante, 58; Bjork 55; Alexandre Sperafico, 51; Boss, 47; Brent Sherman, 28; Marc Breuers 27
2000 BARBER DODGE PRO SERIES RACE PROVISIONAL RESULT MOLSON INDY VANCOUVER Vancouver, B.C., Canada September 2, 2000
FN ST CR PS PS # DRIVER/ HOMETOWN PTS PURSE STATUS LAP 1 3 17 Matt Plumb/Unionville, Penn. 20 $12,000 27 Running 2 4 5 Sepp Koster/The Netherlands 16 $8,000 27 Running 3 5 28 Andre Nicastro/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 14 $6,000 27 Running 4 11 36 Nilton Rossoni/Curitiba, Brazil 12 $4,500 27 Running 5 9 52 Jon Fogarty/Portolo Valley, Calif. 11 $2,500 27 Running 6 7 11 Thed Björk/Vretstorp, Sweden 10 $2,000 27 Running 7 14 20 Alexandre Sperafico/Brazil 9 $1,800 27 Running 8 1 31 Ryan Hunter-Reay/Boca Raton, Fla. 9 $1,700 27 Running 9 16 23 Marc Breuers/Gladwyne, Penn. 7 $1,600 27 Running 10 17 25 Kip Gulseth/Manitowoc, Wisc. 6 $1,500 27 Running 11 8 9 Roger Yasukawa/Santa Monica, Calif. 5 $1,400 27 Running 12 15 8 Peter Boss/Narragansett, R.I. 4 $1,300 27 Running 13 18 53 Tom Fogarty/Soledad, Calif. 3 $1,200 26 Running 14 12 7 Jamie Menninga/Pella, Iowa 2 $1,100 26 Running 15 20 19 Sara Senske/Kennewick, Washington 1 $1,000 26 Running 16 22 77 Scott Mayer/Franklin, Wisc. $500 26 Running 17 6 95 Michael Valiante/Vancouver,Canada $500 23 Contact 18 19 42 John Hall/Houston, Texas $500 13 Contact 19 13 55 John McCaig/Victoria, B.C., Canada $500 13 Mechanical 20 10 4 Brent Sherman/ North Barrington, Ill. $500 3 Contact 21 2 62 Andy Lally/Northport, NY $500 2 Contact 22 21 21 Jon Vannini/Hillsborough, California $500 0 Contact