Rookies of the year announced

Aaron Fike, Ed Carpenter and Bobby East are the latest drivers to earn USAC "Rookie of the Year" honors and will be honored for their respective 2001 accomplishments at the 46th Annual USAC National Awards Dinner January 18 at the Westin...

Aaron Fike, Ed Carpenter and Bobby East are the latest drivers to earn USAC "Rookie of the Year" honors and will be honored for their respective 2001 accomplishments at the 46th Annual USAC National Awards Dinner January 18 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. Fike, of Galesburg, Ill., became the youngest driver ever to win a USAC Silver Crown race with his June 30 victory at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway at the age of 18 years, seven months, six days. The USAC Silver Crown honor will be his second consecutive "rookie" accolade, having won the National Midget Car Series distinction last year. In 12 Silver Crown starts he added two seconds, a sixth and a ninth to his Richmond victory and he ended up 10th in the final standings. Aaron's brother A.J. won USAC's 1999 National Midget Car "rookie" award. Carpenter, of Indianapolis, Ind., earned the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car "rookie" honors with a 12th-place point ranking, capped by his initial series triumph at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in the USAC "Sprint Legends Classic" October 21. He added a third, fourth and three fifths. Ed's initial USAC triumph came in a Midget Car event at Louisville, Ky. in 1999. East, of Brownsburg, Ind., earned the USAC Motoring Division's Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget Car "rookie" honors with an impressive performance in his first season on the circuit. The son of famed car builder and former USAC racer Bob East, Bobby became USAC's youngest National feature winner ever at age 16, seven months and 25 days with his victory at the Illiana Speedway in Schererville, Ind. He went on to add victories at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park and also won a special non-points race at Anderson. The fastest qualifier for the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale, Calif., Bobby finished 11th in the final WorldCom National Midget Car standings.

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Series USAC
Drivers Aaron Fike , Bobby East , Ed Carpenter