INDIANAPOLIS (December 13, 2003) -- Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Paul Tracy and CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama titlist A.J. Allmendinger each wrapped their hands around their ...
INDIANAPOLIS (December 13, 2003) -- Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Paul Tracy and CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama titlist A.J. Allmendinger each wrapped their hands around their respective series titles over a month ago, but the accolades continue to roll in for two of the finest drivers in open-wheel racing.
Tracy and Allmendinger were recognized for their championship campaigns by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Saturday as it announced balloting results for its prestigious Auto Racing All-American Team, naming both drivers as first-team All Americans. Tracy earned the third first-team award of his career after winning the Champ Car World Series title in 2003, sharing the first-team award in the open-wheel category this year with former CART champion Gil de Ferran and former CART Indy Lights champion Scott Dixon. Allmendinger earns his initial first-team honor this year after claiming the Atlantic title in his rookie season, joining Infiniti Pro Series champion Mark Taylor on the first team.
Both drivers used seven-victory seasons to win their respective divisions, Tracy leading his Player's/Forsythe Racing squad to the title with seven victories and six poles while Allmendinger carried the first-year RuSPORT team to the Atlantic championship with seven wins just one year after earning the Barber Dodge Pro Series title.
The AARWBA Auto Racing All-America Team will be honored Jan. 10 at the 34th annual AARWBA banquet at the Sheraton Suites in Pomona, Calif. First-team members will receive the distinctive Horsepower Award, and the driver who received the most votes -- not revealed until the banquet -- receives the Jerry Titus Award emblematic of the Driver of the Year. For banquet information, contact AARWBA President Dusty Brandel, 818-842-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org